Sandwiched among the usual superheroes and science-fiction epics comes a very odd summer tentpole release, an extravagant, big budget adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary masterpiece, "The Great Gatsby," directed by Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge!", "Romeo + Juliet") and in 3-D.
"Iron Man 3" is a fine movie as long as you turn off your brain completely. If, however, you view it with even a casually critical eye, you will see a movie full of choices driven by commercial goals rather than what serves the story, characters or even its devoted fan base.
Summer 2012 was unquestionably the best tentpole season Hollywood has offered in years. Summer 2013, however, is wildly unpredictable. While we don't yet know which will hit and which will miss, here are the movies people will be talking about during the warm months. Stay tuned for more next week!
Michael Bay has made a comedy ... sort of.
The audience for Universal's science-fiction blockbuster, "Oblivion," is small and easy to define.
Legendary Pictures' biopic "42" opens this Friday, timed to coincide with Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day, when the league commemorates Robinson's major league debut and the end of the color line in baseball.
Genre filmmaking can be like a great conversation. If both the filmmakers and viewers know the conventions of the genre, it's like they share a common language.
For the second week in a row, a movie fails to live up to the superlative in its title. "Oz the Great and Powerful" was neither great nor powerful, and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is a far cry from incredible.
"Oz the Great and Powerful," a prequel to the iconic 1939 adaptation of L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz," is being framed as a huge gamble for Disney.
Another week, another folk tale hits movie theaters.
"Snitch" offers one of the oddest casting pairings we've seen for a while. I never thought I'd see Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon sharing the screen together in an action movie, but surprisingly, it ends up making sense.
Steven Soderbergh has built one of my favorite careers of all time. Few directors have ever or will ever match the quantity, quality and diversity of his work.
First of all, let's get one thing straight. "Warm Bodies" is not a zombie movie.
If Dustin Hoffman ever decides to quit acting, he could have a fine second career as a director. "Quartet" is Hoffman's official directorial debut, and it is a joyous film.
This being the last column in which I will mention the 2012 year in movies, it's time to make some observations.
Subversive films are rarely as polite and amusing as "Tim's Vermeer," an amicable little documentary about Tim Jenison's quest to "paint a Vermeer."
It's that time of year again, when for one night Americans remember that a place called Hollywood still exists and bask in the irresistible glow of the most glamorous show on Earth.
Harold Ramis died Monday at the age of 69, and I have to admit I am a bit surprised by the volume and intensity of grief about his death.
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