Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch, whose Englishman-with-American-accent maked him sound like Hugh Laurie as Dr. House) is a brilliant and renowned neurosurgeon. He's also conceited, hated for being a know-it-all by his colleagues, and tends to select cases based on how much fame they'll get him. He also works with his ex-girlfriend Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), an e.r. doctor who wants Strange to help more people.
When a car crash leaves Stephen with uncontrollable trembling in his hands, he goes into a depression, pushing everyone away and spending all his money searching for experimental cures. When he gets a file of a patient who had a seeming impossible cure for spinal damage, it leas Strange to a secret location in Nepal. There, select people learn everything from magic (astral projection, using "Sling Rings" to create teleportation portals, summoning and controlling energy, visiting different dimensions) to martial arts, to sentient artifacts that choose their users. This place is led by the Amcient One (Tilda Swinton), Strange is taught by Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and Wong (Benedict Wong) runs the library of ancient knowledge.
Of course, villainy is afoot. The evil sorcerer Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) has stolen some pages from the library. He and his disciples plan to destroy the three sanctuaries -- in New York, London, and Hong Kong -- that protect the Earth from magic threats from other dimensions. Once they're gone, the powerful entity Dormammu will absorb Earth into his Dark Dimension. Strange still just wants his old life back, while the others push him to be a hero.
Overall grade: B+
Reviewed by James Lynch