Nifty techniques not enough for new ‘Spider Man’
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone star in “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
- ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
★★ 1/2 (out of four)
2012, Dir. Marc Webb, U.S., PG-13“The Amazing Spider-Man” is rated PG-13 for mild violence and profanity.
- New films
‘The Dark Knight Rises’
Director: Christopher Nolan.
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine.
The plot: A new terrorist overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect the city that has branded him an enemy.
Genre: Action, adventure.
‘The Queen of Versailles’
Director: Lauren Greenfield.
Starring: Jackie Siegel, David Siegel.
The plot: A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin to construct a mansion inspired by Versailles.
- Film roundup
★★★ 1/2 (out of four)
The film has been given a lukewarm recommendation by a majority of published critics, but many others have labeled it as Pixar’s first true misfire, and even its defenders seem half-hearted at best. But don’t be fooled by the overly cynical (and possibly sexist) nay-sayers — “Brave” represents Pixar at its best (or close to it, anyway), and is surely one of the most rewarding times you’ll have at the movies this summer.
Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 7:49 am
I fancy myself a halfway intelligent person, but I always seem to make the most head-smackingly stupid mistakes. A “for instance” would be the fact that I didn’t realize the News-Sentinel had an early deadline for the Fourth of July holiday, and found myself prepping for a late screening of “Magic Mike” as I discovered that the Lodi Living section was getting ready to go to press. It seems my stupidity knows no bounds.
But we’re back in the swing of things this week with a look at “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which puts us squarely back in the inexplicable summer funk we’ve been suffering for months with little reprieve. Bright side: There are a few promising titles now playing in wide release (“Ted,” “Savages” and the aforementioned “Magic Mike”), and I’ll play catch-up with at least one of them next week since the impending release of “The Dark Knight” has ensured that no “real” films are opening this weekend.
Arts and Entertainment
Friday, July 13, 2012 7:49 am.