Some sequels force us to re-examine what made us like the original film. "Kick-Ass 2" has that effect, because it shares many surface qualities with its predecessor but offers none of its impact.
The new biopic "Jobs" is a solidly informative and entertaining "Brief History of Apple," as seen through the eyes of its co-founding genius. We experience 30 years of Steve Jobs' mercurial life and times, with plenty of tastes - but only tastes - of triumph plus a few dashes of comeuppance.
Talking with James Ponsoldt makes you excited about movies. The Athens filmmaker has an extensive knowledge of film history and an infectious enthusiasm for his art. Even when diagnosing some of Hollywood's problems, he speaks with optimism and excitement.
Neill Blomkamp may be well on his way to becoming the only sci-fi writer-director who matters. And if "Elysium" is more an evolutionary leap than a revolutionary one from his break-out hit "District 9," it still shows him in great form telling a story from the future ripped from today's political hot-button issues.
Writer/director Michael McGowan's "Still Mine" is part of a growing trend in independent cinema, films made for mature audiences.
"The Wolverine" is probably the best blockbuster of the summer season, but that isn't necessarily saying much.
Perhaps the only feat more amazing than a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500 is a group of filmmakers making a good movie about a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500.
Another week, another deafening, dumb computer-generated orgy of destruction.
Universal Pictures really pulled off something back in 2010 when "Despicable Me" earned more than half a billion dollars worldwide and worked its way into the home video hearts of America.
"The Lone Ranger" is shaping up to be quite a divisive movie.
"Monsters University" fits into a few ongoing trends.
"World War Z" might go down in film history as one of the greatest recoveries of all time.
One thing I can virtually guarantee is "Man of Steel" will not receive a fair chance to succeed, either critically or commercially. And so much is riding on this movie.
"The Purge" suffers from an identity crisis.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are back in theaters trying to grow up again, and the result is about as good as the previous 10 times they've attempted it.
The 2014 domestic box office is down 6 percent from where it was this time last year, by about half a billion dollars. Sure, the foreign box office is picking up some of the slack, but it still raises the stakes very high for Hollywood this fall season.
The talk these days among anyone who has an interest in the movie industry is how badly the North American box office has fallen off.
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