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Review: Marvel's The Avengers
Even for a hard-ass like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), head of the ultra-secret S.H.I.E.L.D agency, getting a billionaire genius in a metal suit, a scientist with a bad temper, a cryogenically preserved WWII warrior, a Norse god, and two secret agents
Awkward first steps
| May 04, 2012
Though drawn from a true story, Adam and Mark Kassen's drama falls into the pattern of films like The Verdict in which a crapulous barrister gets a second chance by taking on a case of David-versus-Goliath injustice.
Facing down fat cats
| October 21, 2011
Review: What's Your Number
I was hoping that Mark Mylod's comedy might, like Bridesmaids , show that women could hold their own when it comes to subversive humor.
Faris fails to carry comedy to Bridesmaids heights
| October 07, 2011
Review: Captain America: The First Avenger
Joe Johnston's adaptation of the Marvel comic book exalts the virtues of optimism, decency, and perseverance in a rousing adventure of old-fashioned adolescent exuberance.
Rueful innocence and sneaky humor
| July 29, 2011
Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Could Michael Cera be getting more vaporous with each repeat of his epicene screen persona?
Que Cera, Cera: From ink to screen, Scott Pilgrim shows no progress
| August 13, 2010
Review: The Losers
Why is it that if a child kills 25 bad guys, as in Kick-Ass , the movie gets rated R and arouses moral indignation, whereas if (SPOILER!) a bad guy kills 25 children, as in Sylvain White’s adaptation of the Andy Diggle graphic novel, the film gets a PG-
| April 23, 2010
Teens with special powers? A government conspiracy?
If Dakota Fanning were truly clairvoyant, she might not have made this movie.
| February 11, 2009
In space, so the tag line for Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien goes, nobody can hear you scream.
Sunshine sheds little light on the sci-fi genre
| July 18, 2007
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Even as a 10-year-old Marvel Comics fan, I knew that the Silver Surfer was a dumb character.
A summer wipeout
| June 20, 2007
The girls of summer
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
| May 18, 2007
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