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Post: Man of Steel [video]

A Superman movie for our times — but is that a good thing? Man of Steel: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.   Read more >

Review: Man of Steel (2013)

C+ | **½ | +2-2| Teens & Up

To borrow a line from Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight: This isn’t the Superman movie we need, but it’s the one we deserve.   Read more >

Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

B+ | *** | +1-1| Teens & Up

Star Trek Into Darkness outdoes its predecessor in most respects, except creative ambition.   Read more >

Post: Evil Dead [video]

Evil Dead in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

C+ | **½ | +0| Teens & Up

For all that, the new film bungles who Spider-Man is, where he’s coming from. This isn’t the only problem (there are notable issues around the plot and the interpretation of Spider-Man’s reptilian foe, the Lizard), but for me it’s the most intractable, because it undermines the hero’s moral center.   Read more >

Review: The Muppets (2011)

A- | ***½ | +1| Kids & Up

This is quite deliberately not a reboot or reimagining or any such thing. Perhaps we can call it a revisiting. Like this summer’s charming Winnie the Pooh (also from Disney), The Muppets is a happy throwback, very much of a piece with material that my generation grew up with, eclipsing the lameness of recent direct-to-video efforts. Who would have thought two classic family franchises that have lain fallow for so long would be reborn in the same year?   Read more >

Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

C+ | *** | -2| Teens & Up

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a smartly made, effective movie — but what sort of movie is it, exactly?   Read more >

Review: Winnie the Pooh (2011)

B+ | *** | +1| Kids & Up

Disney’s new Winnie the Pooh is an unexpected gift, an unlikely return to a magical and gentle world that belongs so firmly to the past that I would have thought the journey all but impossible.   Read more >

Review: X-Men: First Class (2011)

A- | ***½ | +1-2| Teens & Up*

Despite missteps, X‑Men: First Class succeeds in doing in some measure for the X‑Men what J. J. Abrams did for Star Trek two years ago: Not only does it bring new energy to a tired franchise, it reinvents a familiar cast of characters in unexpected ways, laying the foundations for the defining relationships and conflicts of later chapters, while telling a ripping story into the bargain.   Read more >

Review: Star Trek (2009)

B+ | *** | +0| Teens & Up

And so, for the first time in forever, we have Star Trek really and truly boldly going where we haven’t been before — taking Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Checkov on a brand-new adventure for the very first time. Before you know it, you’re getting to know old friends in an entirely new light. It’s like what Alan Moore said about Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns: “Everything is exactly the same, except for the fact that it’s all completely different.”   Read more >

Review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

B- | **½ | +0| Teens & Up

Although most viewers will probably find The Incredible Hulk diverting but — after a strong first act — forgettable entertainment, for Hulk fans smarting from the limitations of the Ang film, it may just be balm for the soul.   Read more >

Review: Batman Begins (2005)

A | **** | +1-1| Teens & Up

It’s tempting to call Batman Begins the Citizen Kane of super-hero movies; at any rate, it’s the closest thing so far.   Read more >

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