Bad Teacher

Director: Jake Kasdan Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, Lucy Punch Review: 1.5 stars (of five) The movie is called Bad Teacher. It could’ve been called Bad Writing. Also, Lackluster Direction, but I think there’s something in development at Paramount...

Green Lantern

Director: Martin Campbell Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Blake Lively, Angela Bassett Review: 2 stars (of five) Green Lantern, the only DC Comics/Warner entry into this summer’s crowded superhero sweepstakes, is a disappointment. Lots of expository dialogue makes...

Super 8

Writer/Director: J.J. Abrams Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler Review: 4.5 stars (of five) My first testimony to the strength of J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 is that the first 20 minutes are setup for the sci-fi crisis that is the bulk of the movie. It involves nothing...

X-Men: First Class

Director: Matthew Vaughn Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, January Jones Review: 4 stars (of five) Imagine a superhero movie that puts character development ahead of action, one that cultivates a style that’s not “Louder! Faster! Stupider!” Or don’t—just go see it delivered in Matthew Vaughn’s new X-Men: First Class. Vaughn, who also gave us last year’s strong Kick-Ass and the utterly charming and fun Stardust takes a script that passed through six credited writers (including, at the last, himself and Jane Goldman, who collaborated on the Stardust and Kick-Ass...