Marc Webb’s Reboot of the Spider-Man Movie Franchise Survives Comparison to Sam Raimi’s Earlier Incarnation
Published 7/11/2012 at 11:29 a.m. 0 comments
Besides his serendipitous name, there wasn’t much about director Marc Webb that suggested he was the right choice to helm The Amazing Spider-Man.
Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum Strip Away the Cliches About Male Exotic Dancing in Magic Mike
Published 7/3/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
at this point there’s no telling which Soderbergh would show up for Magic Mike, but the potential seemed there for something genuinely subversive.
Wes Anderson Blurs the Line Between Personal Vision and Stylistic Rehash in 'Moonrise Kingdom'
Published 6/27/2012 at 10:59 a.m. 1 comment
At times, Moonrise Kingdom plays out like Wes Anderson for Dummies, skimming the surface of this singular auteur’s cinematic finesse, rehashing ideas and themes he’s worked out with more clarity and substance in the past.
The Small Town of Carthage, Texas, Stars in Richard Linklater’s Elusive 'Bernie'
Published 6/20/2012 at 11:55 a.m. 0 comments
Bernie Tiede, the cheerful undertaker played to flouncy perfection by Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s Bernie, is a nice guy. Sure, he shot a defenseless old lady to death at close range with a hunting rifle, but it was just ...
'Prometheus' Answers Some Questions But Raises More
Published 6/13/2012 at 11:29 a.m. 0 comments
From the title’s allusion to Greek mythology on down, Ridley Scott and screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof are intent on bringing the director’s recent trademark of handsome self-seriousness to the production.
'Rowdy Rathore': A Textbook Intro to Bollywood's Action/Comedy/Melodrama
Published 6/6/2012 at 11:25 a.m. 0 comments
It takes a special kind of man to scare the bejesus out of bad guys while wearing a purple polo shirt. Indian actor and stuntman Akshay Kumar is exactly that sort of guy in Rowdy Rathore, a frothy, violent Bollywood ...
Creepy Cult Thriller 'Sound of My Voice' Asks the Audience to Fill in Too Many Blanks
Published 5/30/2012 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments
Sound of My Voice, a vaguely creepy and strangely bubbly thriller about a cult leader who could either be a savior from the future or a dangerous criminal (or perhaps both), has much in common with its enigmatic main character: ...
'Dark Shadows' May Not Satisfy Fans, But It’s Better Than the Usual Burton-Depp Shtick
Published 5/16/2012 at 11:33 a.m. 0 comments
Although Dark Shadows is not nearly the laff riot portrayed in the trailer, it doesn’t take its source material very seriously. But for those seeking a cool respite from the summer-movie season of explosive bombast, it’s a pleasant bit of ...
Joss Whedon Draws Up a Blueprint for the (Almost) Perfect Comic-Book Movie With 'The Avengers'
Published 5/9/2012 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments
As novel as it seems for Joss Whedon to have brought together the four Marvel Studios franchises into one tentpole film in The Avengers, it’s been inevitable for as long as there have been movie blockbusters.
The Dardenne Brothers Echo the Classics in 'The Kid With a Bike'
Published 5/2/2012 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments
As much as it continues in the same fashion as their previous films, Belgian writer/directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Kid With a Bike brings to mind/nods to a few other finely observed urban realist gems, specifically Vittorio De Sica’s ...
A Sushi Master Chases Perfection in 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'
Published 4/25/2012 at 1:08 p.m. 0 comments
There can’t be many situations more frustrating than the one in which Yoshikazu Ono finds himself in the new documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
'The Cabin in the Woods' Builds a Mythology of Horror Amid Its Scares and Rapid-Fire Twists
Published 4/18/2012 at 12:06 p.m. 0 comments
Don’t read this review. If you’ve made it this far without anyone spoiling the surprises lurking in The Cabin in the Woods, don’t let me be the jerk who ruins it for you.
Kick, Kick, Bang, Bang: Indonesian Martial-Arts Flick 'The Raid: Redemption' Beats the Crap Out of Tired Hollywood Action
Published 4/11/2012 at 11:22 a.m. 0 comments
Any action fan who watches the Wales-born, Indonesia-based Gareth Evans’ new film The Raid: Redemption will recognize an epochal action prodigy/game changer at work and want him to make many more like it as soon as possible. To put it ...
'American Reunion' Proves You Can't Go Home Again
Published 4/11/2012 at 11:08 a.m. 1 comment
No matter how hard you try, you really can’t go back. And to prove it, here’s a dull, unfunny and accidentally depressing installment in a franchise whose best years are clearly behind it.
Snow White Update 'Mirror Mirror' Charms Despite Its Flaws
Published 4/4/2012 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments
Hollywood will try to sell you Snow White twice in two months this year, and at first glance Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror looked like the loser. The only obvious sin of June’s self-serious adventure Snow White and the Huntsman is ...