Iron Man 3 Grade: A- Director: Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) Screenplay: Black (Lethal Weapon), Drew Pearce (Pacific Rim) Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 130 min. by John DeSando
“I'm Tony Stark. I build neat stuff, got a great girl, occasionally save the world. So why can't I sleep?”
Robert Redford's new movie, The Company You Keep, draws on a turbulent time in recent history: Forty years ago, there was a violent faction of SDS, the Students for a Democratic Society, that was known as the Weather Underground. It turned from organizing marches and sit-ins against the war in Vietnam to planting bombs — and in one case robbing a bank truck and killing a guard.
The Company You Keep Grade: B+ Director: Robert Redford (Ordinary People) Screenplay: Lem Dobbs (Limey) From the Neil Gordon novel Cast: Robert Redford (All the President’s Men), Shia LebEOUF Rating: R Runtime: 125 min. by John DeSando
“When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.” Frantz Fanon
A small psychological thriller with a big delivery.
Mud Grade: A- Director: Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter) Screenplay: Nichols Cast: Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe), Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life) Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 130 min by John DeSando
42 Grade: B Director: Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale) Screenplay: Helgeland (Mystic River) Cast: Chadwick Boseman (The Kill Hole), Harrison Ford (Cowboys & Aliens) Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 128 min. by John DeSando
The Place Beyond the Pines Grade: B+ Director: Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) Screenplay: Cianfrance, Ben Coccio (The Beginner), Darius Marder Cast: Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) Rating: R Runtime: 140 min. by John DeSando
“If you ride like lightning, you're going to crash like thunder.” Robin (Ben Mendelsohn)
Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 2:41 pm
Any comics fan of any seriousness can rattle off female superheroes who have either had their own books or appeared in other or ensemble books.
But what about ordinary absorbers of culture?
The same people who don't actually read comics but can tell you that Superman is the idealized, square-jawed fighter for good, while Batman is the darker, more conflicted survivor of tragedy and Spider-Man is the scrapper barely concealing an ordinary kid — how many women can they name who have worn capes, particularly ones that aren't superhero derivatives like Supergirl or Batgirl?