Nothing Up Woody Allen's Sleeve: Magic In The Moonlight, Reviewed

Magic in the Moonlight is the sort of Woody Allen movie that longtime fans have trouble defending, not because it's terrible or lazy—it's neither—but because it's so painfully familiar. Likeable and completely disposable, his new comedy has its chuckles, but as he gets closer to the 50-feature mark, this joins his… » 7/23/14 11:30am Wednesday 11:30am

(500) Hours of Spidey: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Reviewed

1. There's a moment in 2004's original Spider-Man 2, directed by Sam Raimi, that represents the peak of what a comic-book movie can do. It's when an unmasked Spider-Man attempts to save a (geographically impossible, but no matter) elevated NYC subway train from careening off the platform and into the street below.… » 5/02/14 3:57pm 5/02/14 3:57pm

Shooting Blanks: Gangster Squad, Reviewed.

If a group of 12-year-old boys wanted to make a movie in their backyard, there's a good chance it might end up something like Gangster Squad. Sure, it wouldn't have the flashy production design and big names, but it would definitely share the same adolescent mindset. With its tough talk and bang-bang violence and… » 1/11/13 4:00pm 1/11/13 4:00pm

Didn't We Just Do This? The Amazing Spider-Man, Reviewed.

1. The Amazing Spider-Man is less a reboot than a recital. It's professionally made and competent and sincere and well-acted, but it never quite overcomes the nagging sense that there's no reason for it to exist. Well, actually, there is a reason: Sony, to keep the rights to the character, needed to rush a movie into… » 6/29/12 2:30pm 6/29/12 2:30pm