Supergirl pilot: 5 highlights, 5 pitfalls

Good news:  Supergirl definitely did not suck. The much-anticipated show premiered last night on CBS, and was a ratings success that drew positive reviews. Overall, the pilot episode had a lot of what I cringe to call “heart,” which carried it past some rough spots. The two biggest flaws with the episode are related to the need to set up a really complicated status quo: Krypton go boom her adopted family her current daily life/day job: Assistant to an obnoxious media tycoon (Calista Flockhart), suddenly befriended by an unusually dashing James/Jimmy Olsen a disaster that gets her to reveal herself (airplane in distress) her...

Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg delivers a tense, well-crafted, thoughtful film about morality and duty in the Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies. Based on a true story, it follows Tom Hanks as James Donovan, an attorney drafted into a late-50s spy trial that ends up leading to a prisoner swap in East...

The Walk

With The Walk, director Robert Zemeckis takes a larger-than-life true story and tells it in a larger than life way, to good effect. It’s the story of Phillipe Petit, a French highwire performer who, just as the World Trade Center was being completed in 1974, snuck up to the roof, strung a wire between the two towers, and walked across (and back … and across …) the chasm, 110 stories high. Zemeckis employs an interesting narrative device. Petit, played by Joseph Gordon Levitt, tells the story of his adventure directly to the camera, between scenes in which Levitt and company play out the tale. Petit the narrator stands atop the...