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Lighter Than Air

by Shawn Stone November 6, 2014


  It’s an irresistible concept: Cast the star (Michael Keaton) of a 1990s blockbuster film franchise (Batman) in a movie about the midlife crisis of a star (the fictional Riggan Thomson) of a 1990s blockbuster film ...

Nothing Up His Sleeve

by Ann Morrow August 21, 2014


  In the sumptuous opening to Magic in the Moonlight, there is real magic, both on the stage—with a couple of grand illusions from a magic show—and in the film, which enchantingly captures the swank and ...

Web Master

by John Rodat May 8, 2014


  Low expectations can be extremely helpful. I went to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 motivated, in great part, by the fact that it was my nephew’s 8th birthday. If an 8-year-old boy in a Spider-Man ...

L.A. Inconsequential

by Laura Leon January 16, 2013


  It’s got the fashion and neon flash of 1949 Los Angeles, but Gangster Squad, a movie about the LAPD’s attempt to destroy Mickey Cohen’s attempt to take over the mob, is an empty zoot suit. ...

Back To School

by Laura Leon July 11, 2012


Even after the reason for the Spider-Man reboot was explained to me, I still feel puzzled and at sea about it. The new movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, is basically a linear, block by block retelling ...

Scenes From a Break-Up

by Laura Leon August 3, 2011


I almost bolted from the theater when, in one of the first scenes of Crazy, Stupid, Love., Julianne Moore, playing an unhappy wife named Emily Weaver, tells her husband Cal (Steve Carrell) that she wants ...