Grade • B+
DVD • What powers "Iron Man 3," the mega-successful third installment of Marvel’s superhero franchise, isn’t a palladium reactor in Tony Stark’s chest, but the heart that Robert Downey Jr. brings to the role.
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This time, the demons of Stark’s past come home to roost, as the terrorist Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and a rival industrialist (Guy Pearce) attack Stark and his lady love, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).
Director/co-writer Shane Black, who worked with Downey on "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," lets Downey’s witty asides and simmering anger carry the story smartly — until the inevitable fireworks show of special effects takes over.
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