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Sunday, May 2 2010

2010 Summer Movie Preview - May

May blasts the summer season off with two mega-movies, Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood, while offering up yet more Shrek and Sex and the City.


Tuesday, January 27 2009

Superheroes Versus Comics

There can be no doubt that the summer of 2008 stands as a high-water mark for superheroes. But in the wake of a superhero renaissance and the growing cultural legitimacy of the genre, the question must be posed: Has the superhero genre evolved beyond the comics medium?


Monday, January 12 2009

Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.


Thursday, September 4 2008

What the World Needs Now: Society’s Desperate Need for Superheroes

Hollywood has finally discovered what comic book fans have known all along: superheroes serve as brightly-colored, two-dimensional extensions of ourselves.


Sunday, April 27 2008

The Return of the Popcorn Circus: May 2008

In the first act of this four-part production, Tinsel Town decides to do some unbelievable front loading. Will there be room for independent offerings, or former HBO carnal comedy divas? Who knows? Without a doubt, it's an interesting way to start the season.


Reviews

Thursday, May 8 2014

Jon Favreau Returns to Indie Scale in 'Chef'

Chef comes alive when it resembles a cooking procedural, going through the details of preparing a meal for a food critic or cleaning and re-assembling a taco truck.


Friday, February 21 2014

'About a Boy' Gives Us Man-Children by the Episode

Will and Marcus “grow up” together in bite-sized portions, learning to put away their respective childish things in the course of each episode. Then they regress.


Tuesday, January 3 2012

'Cowboys & Aliens': Is as Obvious as It Sounds

Jon Favreau's adaptation of a little-known comic book was supposed to be a breath of genre-mixing fresh air in a summer dominated by sequels and superheroes.


Friday, July 29 2011

'Cowboys & Aliens': Be a Man

As always, the men's transformations -- from selfish, ignorant individuals into something like a community -- are helped along by their union against a common enemy.


Monday, September 27 2010

'Iron Man 2': Heavy Metal

This film provides both a damn good time and a reflection on technology, democracy and, as always with the world of superpowers, the nature of the hero itself.


Blogs

Monday, August 1 2011

The All-Sex Hex: Why Olivia Wilde Deserves More Credit

Now that Olivia Wilde has put rumors of a turbulent post-divorce love life to bed by revealing a "no sex hex" on her new home, it's confront the all-sex hex that has plagued valuations of her acting.


Friday, July 29 2011

Close Encounters of the Worst Kind?: 'Cowboys and Aliens'

The result is a solid disappointment, a movie that's been presold as an epic when it can barely break out of the genres it's junking.


Thursday, July 28 2011

‘Cowboys and Aliens’ is Better Faux-Spielberg Than ‘Super 8’

Jon Favreau proves a better pupil of the master’s than the more slavish J.J. Abrams.


Friday, May 7 2010

I... Am... Iron Man's ...Overstuffed Sequel

This is the very definition of slam-bang entertainment, beating one over the head with as much potential amusement as possible until they surrender with a stunned if satisfied popcorn smile.


Sunday, June 15 2008

Dear Marvel Comics

Dear Marvel Comics: Get ready. If rumors are true, and you are indeed lowballing Jon Favreau out of participation in Iron Man 2 (a story now


News

Monday, September 29 2008

Stan Lee's 'Iron Man' leads way for latest Blu-ray titles

Ten years ago, Stan Lee was frustrated about the inability to get impressive versions of Marvel Comics super heroes to the movie screen. "It seemed


Tuesday, July 29 2008

Pop 20: Super hero formula evolving

In only 10 days, the Batman defeated the Joker, delivered a one-two punch to Harvey Dent and amassed more than $300 million at the box office. But


Thursday, May 1 2008

Jon Favreau's preparation pays off in 'Iron Man'

Jon Favreau heard the whispers, the murmurs of "What the hey?" when he was selected by Marvel Studios to turn the comic-book empire's Iron Man


Wednesday, April 30 2008

It's Super Year for once-troubled actor Robert Downey Jr., starting with 'Iron Man'

The Summer of Downey? On Friday, "Iron Man" -- easily one of the smartest, most satisfying comic-book superhero movies since Tim Burton's first "Batman" --


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