The single best decision for the movie was the exclusion of an origin story -- which would have made it the third retelling in 15 years. Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives ready to go, and he's a bit more evolved than any previous version's first single-movie appearance.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to compete directly with Captain America: Civil War by releasing on the same day, but Warner Bros. decided -- wisely -- that more money was to be made without forcing audiences to choose between two huge tentpoles. But both studios knew their movies would be compared ad... Continue Reading →
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then what is satire? Ben Stiller leads an ensemble squad of A-list stars in a movie about actors acting as Vietnam soldiers who get themselves into real trouble when they head deep into the jungles of Asia to explore Hollywood's heart of darkness. Ben Stiller plays action... Continue Reading →
Before Batman, James Bond, and CSI, there was Sir Conan Arthur Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Guy Ritchie gives the famed sleuth a snazzy dressup with Robert Downey Jr. as the titular hero. Solving crimes, speaking in a guttural baritone, and tasked with saving the modern world from the criminal elite, Sherlock Holmes uses his wits to... Continue Reading →
The first Iron Man seemed like a great start -- the core strength of the movie rested on casting a great lead, Robert Downey Jr., as genius inventor Tony Stark who turns into a self-made superhero. The solid origin story came with a collection of vignettes that showcased a Marvel version of superhero DIY. It... Continue Reading →