Katy Perry: Part of Me
This documentary looks at the pop singer’s life, both on and off the stage. You know, like that Justin Bieber movie. In both 2-D and 3-D.
(PG, 97 minutes)
Oliver Stone is overdue for a hit.
But the utter lack of buzz for this violent, pulpy thriller is worrisome.
Two free-love pot farmers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) declare war on the Mexican drug lords (including Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek) who have kidnapped their mutual girlfriend (Blake Lively). (R, 131 minutes)
The Amazing Spider-Man
It’s impossible to avoid the comparisons, so we may as well just get them out of the way early so we can move on. This reboot — Prequel?
New chapter? It’s hard to decide what to call it — is pretty much different in every way from the staggeringly successful Marvel Comicsinspired trilogy that preceded it. The basics are the same: A high school kid gets bitten by a scientifically modified spider, discovers he has newfound super powers, decides to use them as a vigilante crime fighter and takes to the streets of New York in an unforgivingly tight red-and-blue suit. But in terms of tone, characters, performances and even visual effects, ‘‘The Amazing Spider-Man’’ feels like its own separate entity. It may not be as transporting an experience as those earlier films, especially the first two, but it finds a distinct voice.
Much of that has to do with the central performance from Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. Emma Stone is bright as ever as Peter’s love interest, Gwen Stacy, with Rhys Ifans nicely underplaying his role as Spider-Man’s nemesis. (PG-13, 138 minutes.)
Steven Soderbergh’s ‘‘Magic Mike’’ looks at the cheesy world of male stripping in the cheesy setting of Tampa, Fla. Yes, the dance numbers themselves exude masculine, muscular heat — how could they not with guys like Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello strutting on stage in barely-there costumes? — but Soderbergh and writer Reid Carolin take us behind the scenes and linger over the mundane minutiae of the performers’ daily lives. (R, 110 minutes)
Movies: 'Believe . . . in weirdness' At Carmike Cinema 9
Out & About (July 5, 2012)
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