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The Amazing Spider Man Review


Good
Just 10 years after Sam Raimi's now-iconic Spider-man, Marvel has decided to tell the character's origin story again, using a slightly different mythology. The main difference is the presence of appropriately named director Marc Webb, whose last film was the imaginative romantic-comedy (500) Days of Summer. Sure enough, the interpersonal drama is the best thing about this reboot. Much less successful is the action storyline, which feels awkwardly forced into the film to justify its blockbuster status.

A huge asset here is gifted lead actor Andrew Garfield, who takes on the role of Peter Parker with real passion. Peter is a 17-year-old science nerd in high school who has real depth due to his personal history. Growing up in New York with his aunt and uncle (Field and Sheen) after his parents disappeared, he's more than a little unsettled when the object of his secret crush, sexy-brainy Gwen (Stone), notices him. Meanwhile, he's bitten by a mutant spider and develops some strange powers, which he exercises by chasing down bad guys all over the city.

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Laura Ziskin 'Pretty Woman' Producer Dies Aged 61


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Laura Ziskin, the American producer, studio executive and charity campaigner, has died aged 61. Laura Ziskin, best known for producing 'Pretty Woman' and the 'Spider-Man' movies, lost her battle with breast cancer after first being diagnosed in 2004, reports Bbc News.

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New Spider-man Movie Named


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Andrew Garfield's forthcoming SPIDER-MAN movie will be named 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.

Columbia Pictures has confirmed the title and the release date of the project, which will hit cinemas on July 3, 2012.

The Marc Webb-directed film is currently being shot, with British actor Andrew in the lead role and other stars including 'Easy A' actress Emma Stone and Welsh star Rhys Ifans.

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New Spider-man Movie Named The Amazing Spider-man


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Andrew Garfield's forthcoming SPIDER-MAN movie will be named `The Amazing Spider-Man'.

Columbic Pictures has confirmed the title and the release date of the project, which will hit cinemas on July 3, 2012.

The Marc Webb-directed project is currently being shot, with British actor Andrew in the lead role and other stars including `Easy A' actress Emma Stone and Welsh star Rhys Ifans.

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Spider-Man 3 Review


Weak
Did Batman & Robin teach us nothing?

Universally considered the worst superhero sequel ever, Joel Schumacher's bloated monstrosity temporarily derailed Warner's lucrative Dark Knight franchise when it tried in vain to fill gaping plot holes with a multitude of C-list villains and unnecessarily whiny sidekicks.

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Spider-Man 2 Review


OK
What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than by spending a good two hours with America's favorite super hero, Spider-Man?

Tobey Maguire returns to the massively popular Spider-Man franchise after a two-year hiatus. And in case you forgot what happened in the summer of 2002, director Sam Raimi is happy to synopsize it for us in the first 40 minutes of this sequel. Poor Peter Parker can't win: He didn't get the girl (Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane), his beloved uncle is dead, Aunt May is about to lose her house, and he's failing out of college because he doesn't have time to study - he's too busy chasing down street thugs in his spidey suit.

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Paper Moon Review


Extraordinary
Has the Depression ever been this much fun?

Tatum O'Neal's celebrated (and Oscar-winning) turn as the daughter of a traveling grifter (played by dad Ryan O'Neal) is reason number one to watch the film, but dad's not too shabby, either. Their story is a pretty simple one: Con man Moses (Ryan) finds himself the sole caretaker of otherwise orphaned daughter Addie (Tatum). He can't pawn her off, but soon finds her pulling her own weight as she helps size up rubes as part of his scam: selling "deluxe" Bibles to the widows of the recently deceased. Eventually dad and daughter move on to bigger crimes and more amusing hijinks, including a stint with dad falling for a bawdy lounge singer (Madeline Kahn) and the duo nearly getting busted for bootlegging whisky.

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Unfaithful Review


Grim
Adrian Lyne is a director in flux. His mainstream film pedigree shows an aptitude for the making of great porn with films containing soft lighting, perfect bodies, and well-choreographed sex. Lyne's resume tells stories of incest (Lolita), adultery (Fatal Attraction), sex for money (Indecent Proposal) and carnal lust (Nine 1/2 Weeks). With Unfaithful, Lyne uses pieces from several prior efforts to tell a more complete adult drama, but he fails to create anything we have not seen before.

In Unfaithful, as with Fatal Attraction, Lyne uses a seemingly normal suburban family as the target for adulterous activities. Edward Sumner (Richard Gere) is the owner of an armored car company who works long hours in the office and at home. Edward's wife, Connie (Diane Lane), appears to be the happy housewife as she gets their son Charlie (Erik Per Sullivan) dressed, fed, and off to school every morning. Connie is working on an auction fundraiser for Charlie's school when a dark, exotic stranger Paul (Olivier Martinez) drifts into her life. (Sounds like porn, doesn't it?) Their initial encounter is innocent, but built on a series of lies and deceptions, a fanatical love affair is struck between the two strangers.

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Anywhere But Here Review


Unbearable
Anywhere But Here? A more apt title you will not find on a motion picture this decade.

After a witty lead like that, at this point in the movie review, I usually launch into a brief plot synopsis. So here goes: A down-to-earth teenage girl hates her crazy mother.

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Bogus Review


OK
If you were going to invent an imaginary friend, would it be Gérard Depardieu? And would you call him "Bogus"? And would you call your movie Bogus? Nope, neither would I. Still, this "older kids" production is a cut above the usual kiddie fare. Yes, that's Haley Joel Osment appearing in one of his first films.
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The Amazing Spider Man Movie Review

The Amazing Spider Man Movie Review

Just 10 years after Sam Raimi's now-iconic Spider-man, Marvel has decided to tell the character's...

Spider-Man 3 Movie Review

Spider-Man 3 Movie Review

Did Batman & Robin teach us nothing?Universally considered the worst superhero sequel ever, Joel Schumacher's...

Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than by spending a good two...

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Unfaithful Movie Review

Unfaithful Movie Review

Adrian Lyne is a director in flux. His mainstream film pedigree shows an aptitude...

Anywhere But Here Movie Review

Anywhere But Here Movie Review

Anywhere But Here? A more apt title you will not find on a motion...

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