Benedict Cumberbatch appears in a scene from 'Doctor Strange.'

'Doctor Strange' doesn't appreciably improve the Marvel universe

( PG-13 ) ( Monitor Movie Guide )

'Strange' stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a surgeon who is involved in a car accident and learns how to manipulate space and time. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Tilda Swinton co-star.

The Marvel Comics movie universe gets a bit bigger, though not appreciably better, with “Doctor Strange,” which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as arrogant neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, who, following a debilitating accident, retreats to guru-infested Kathmandu, Nepal, and ends up manipulating space and time in his battles against the usual passel of astrally projected meanies.

Allow me a quick lament: Do we really want to see a great actor like Cumberbatch, not to mention Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton, entombed in yet another superhero franchise? Grade: C+ (Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence.)

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