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.
"Frances Ha" is one of the buzziest movies of the year within the specialty film market - you know, that category of movies where superheroes are not allowed and characters possess remarkable powers of self-examination.
There is nothing innovative or surprising about "After Earth." It plays out a simple scenario, tells its story efficiently and doesn't try to reach beyond the filmmaker's abilities.
Nothing about "Fast & Furious 6" makes sense. The initial premise, every aspect of character development, and every plot point are all ridiculously, shockingly mindless.
"Mayan Blue" is an atypical Georgia film. Most of the crew either come from or live in North Georgia, yet the film was shot entirely in Guatemala and features an abundance of breathtaking underwater cinematography.
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.
Last week we looked at the upcoming movies for summer 2013 in the action and drama categories. This week, we finish the season's preview lineup with a peek at family flicks and movies to make us laugh.
"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.