Running time : 136 mins
Rated : PG-13
Cast: Andrew Garfield,
Director: Marc Webb
Plot : The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
There are many ways to spin a familiar fantasy – but this webslinger is decided different from Sam Raimi’s previous Marvel Comics-based trilogy. While the plot – revolving around a teenager bitten by a genetically modified spider, developing incredible powers that inspire him to become a vigilante crime-fighter – remains intact, the characters are more fleshed-out and the new stunt-work is splendid,Director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) desperately wants Amazing Spider-Man to work as a high school relationship movie, but with the burden of massive amounts of plot and mythology to introduce, the movie sags under the sheer volume of stuff. There's a sweet spot where the film really hits his stride. After discovering his spider-abilities, Peter hits the streets for the first time. He's superhuman, but still a headstrong teen, full of obnoxious quips and close calls with shiv-wielding thugs. The action is slick, small and playful, Webb showing us something new by melding his indie sensibilities with big scale action.
The 3D works extremely well when it comes to his swinging his way around the Big Apple, though loses impact when it comes to old-fashioned dialogue and simple one-on-one scenes. Luckily the film is blessed with the delightfully confident and vibrant Emma Stone…she may be a little old to be playing high-schoolers (she is 22 later this year), but has such grace and poise – as well as perfect comedy timing – that oddly she ends up being the real beating heart of the film, with Garfield on hand to balance the geekiness with the superhero wisecracking.Webb often finds himself on shaky ground, with murky plotting or scenes that smell as if they've been insisted upon by a studio exec.Instead of the usual superhero suit ‘em up and punch ‘em out, Webb strives for and achieves in creating a superhero movie of many facets: Adolescent love story, coming of age drama, superhero soap opera, visually impressive action thriller. Webb weaves it all to make for a total package blockbuster and quite the new beginning for an old favourite.The 3D experience is often negligible, but the sheer size of the IMAX screen mightily lends itself to the scenes of Spidey swinging through the air, making it a convincingly immersive experience, further enhanced by Webb's use of POV for some moments.
The Amazing Spider-Man isn't the bold curtain-raiser they needed to justify a reboot such a short time later, but it earns its keep. Spider-Man lives to see another franchise-- maybe next time they'll make it a clear victory.
Running time : 115 mins
Rated : R
Cast : Mark Wahlberg,
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Plot : Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish...and has refused to leave his side ever since.
IN "TED," Seth MacFarlane becomes the latest comic brain to take on the popular subject of the adult male who refuses to grow up.It’s all an excuse for a litany of sex jokes, pot jokes, and a cavalcade of pop culture references. Many of them, especially the ones that you will never see coming, are truly inspired. “Ted” comes from that school of non-stop comedy in which if one joke doesn’t work for you then you need merely wait a few seconds because the next one probably will.“Ted” opens like a family movie, the tale of a little boy without many friends who makes a wish that his beloved teddy bear will be turned into a real playmate. His dream comes true and Ted springs to life, accompanying John on his journey through life and even becoming a semi-celebrity in the process.In its storytelling and film craft, “Ted” is as unpolished as its jokes, but it spews a sufficient amount of random and occasionally rancid comic energy to recall, in a good way,Wahlberg is actually quite good working opposite a co-star who, technically, isn’t there. “Ted” may not be profound or deft, but when it hits the sweet-sour spot, which it does regularly, it can win you over. The comedy here, as in most everything else MacFarlane has done, arises from a deep well of political incorrectness, and although we've heard much of this before, there were more than a few waves of genuine laughter that swept through the audience.Fans of MacFarlane’s animated TV series wouldn’t expect anything less, but while the movie feels like a live-action version of “Family Guy” at times – featuring many of the same trademarks ,It certainly wouldn’t hurt, but there are also things that MacFarlane is able to do here that can’t be done in animation.
Running time : 110 mins
Rated : R
Cast : Channing Tatum,
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Plot : Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.
“Magic Mike” tries to use the business of sexual fantasy to make a point about the depressed state of the new millennial economy,“Magic Mike” goes nowhere new, and, in fact, Soderbergh seems to take a retro pleasure in the story’s very old-hatness. So why is the movie such ridiculous fun? The visuals are part of it: Acting once again as his own cameraman, the director paints his Florida the color of a dirty, luscious lemon, and he picks up on details others might miss.When the movie is focused on Tatum, McConaughey and the hilarious, outrageous choreography of the male strippers (their costumes seem inspired by the Village People), it's particularly engaging. But when the focus drifts to more peripheral characters. "Magic Mike," a mix of comedy and drama that takes place in the world of male stripping. If it falls short of greatness, it's not by much - and it could end up growing with the years. At the very least, it is exceptional and one of the best and most original pictures to come along in 2012. we get the story of a friendship between two men, the young one who wants to eat the world and the slightly older one who ate it already - and who now wonders if he's been devouring himself. Carolin's screenplay is witty and in harmony with Soderbergh's editing, his abrupt way of ending scenes, which gets a laugh in several places.Soderbergh makes MAGIC MIKE work better than you’d ever expect – unless of course you are a straight woman or a gay man & when the lights are up, you’ve got both Tatum and McConaughey burning up the screen and an engaging love story that is well crafted thanks to a very talented director.