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Lumbering Toward Destiny

by Shawn Stone May 7, 2015


  Age of Ultron is generally more enjoyable than the first Avengers movie. Ultron (voiced by James Spader), as a colleague pointed out, is not as interesting a villain as Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) brother Loki (Tom ...

Starship Enterprise

by Laura Leon August 7, 2014


  When the first Star Wars came out—and by that, I mean the real first one with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill—my sister and her then-boyfriend insisted that I see it. “You’ll love it,” they exclaimed. ...

Fractured Franchise

by John Rodat May 30, 2014


  I will give Bryan Singer credit: X-Men: Days of Future Past is not the total wreck it should be. It’s an ambitious and watchable superhero flick, with several solid performances and a small handful of ...

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 ...

Real Drama

by Shawn Stone August 7, 2013


  This is the best big-budget superhero/monster/Sci Fi action movie of the summer. In The Wolverine, Logan (Hugh Jackman) rediscovers his calling as a soldier for the forces of good. Director James Mangold (Walk the Line) ...

Heroes & Villains

by The Staff November 8, 2012


  Art lovers, design mavens and fanboys of all genders will converge on Stockbridge, Mass., over the next few months because Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross is going to be up ...

Norman Rockwell Museum

The Young Mutants

by Ann Morrow June 8, 2011


After the boredom and bloat of X-Men: the Last Stand, it seemed as if Professor X and his close personal adversary, Magneto, had done all they could for the world’s mutants—and for the box-office coffers ...

Glancing Blows

by Ann Morrow May 12, 2011


It’s not all bad, being banished from the realm and hurtled to Earth in disgrace. In the big-screen adaptation of the Marvel comics series, Thor, superhero son of Odin, discovers coffee (“Bring me another!” he ...