Summer Movies

Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
Michael Fassbender plays an android in Ridley Scott's creepy, complicated science-fiction adventure, "Prometheus."

Is Prometheus even better than Alien?

Critics are spellbound by Ridley Scott's return to the Alien franchise, but are split on whether the film trumps what's considered the greatest sci-fi movie ever

Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
The blankest of them all? Kristen Stewart's performance as Snow White is too passive and charisma-free to convince audiences she could lead peasant rebellions, say critics.

Does Kristen Stewart ruin Snow White and the Huntsman?

The Twilight star drags down this weekend's twisted take on the fairy tale with a slack-jawed portrayal of the fairest of them all

Summer Movies : Winners and Losers
Will Smith proves he still has some box office cache after 'Men in Black 3' pulls in more than $200 million globally over the holiday weekend.

Memorial Day weekend box office: Winners and losers

Men in Black 3 knocks The Avengers off its perch, but the superhero flick continues to astound — as do Wes Anderson and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
In the third installment of "MIB," Agent J (Will Smith) travels back in time to save his partner, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) from being killed by an evil alien.

Men in Black 3: Surprisingly touching?

Will Smith wisecracks, whimsical aliens, and special effects abound in the new film, but the most effective element, critics say, is its unexpected emotional punch

Summer Movies : The List
Universal may have made a tactical error in not marketing "Battleship" as a kid-friendly, family movie in the tradition of "Transformers."

Why Battleship flopped: 5 theories

The Transformers-like, effects-heavy blockbuster capsized at the weekend box office, mustering a weak $25 million debut. What went wrong?

Summer Movies : The List
Elizabeth Banks (left) gets a nod from critics for elevating the otherwise trite comedy in "What to Expect When You're Expecting."

What to Expect When You're Expecting: Which cast members escape unscathed?

Critics are down on the latest star-packed romantic comedy, featuring J. Lo, Cameron Diaz, and more. Still, some actors manage to rise above the dreck

Summer Movies : The List
Devoted fans of "Friday Night Lights" may seek out "Battleship" for the chance to see FNL stars Taylor Kitsch (pictured) and Jesse Plemons acting together again. They may then regret that decision.

Is there anything good about Battleship?

While the $200-million bloatfest tortured most critics, some admit that slick effects, authentic patriotism, and Liam Neeson manage (barely) to keep the film afloat

Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
Unlike Sasha Baron Cohen's previous films, both quasi-documentaries, "The Dictator" uses conventional narrative storytelling methods.

The Dictator: Has Sacha Baron Cohen's shtick gotten old?

After shocking audiences with Borat and Bruno, the strategically crass character actor attempts to strike gold again with his fish-out-of-water formula

Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
Tom Cruise certainly pulls off the look of the '80s rockers he's fashioned after, but his vocals aren't as on point.

Rock of Ages first listen: Can Tom Cruise actually sing?

Critics get a taste of the actor's take on Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" in the upcoming rock musical — and they aren't so sweet on it

Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
Is "Dark Shadows" one of "the strangest mainstream releases of recent times"? Or does it exhibit "flashes of the whackadoo genius that animated early films such as 'Beetlejuice.'"

Dark Shadows: Did Tim Burton's campy tone switcharoo pay off?

Movie-goers were shocked to learn that the director's adaptation of the '60s soap ditched its gothic style for cheeky laughs. And critics are divided

Summer Movies : By the numbers
"The Avengers" accounted for a whopping 80 percent of all movie revenue at the box office this weekend.

The Avengers' record-breaking opening weekend: By the numbers

Iron Man and his superhero pals score an eye-popping $200 million debut, obliterating the old record set by last year's Harry Potter finale

Summer Movies : Slideshow
Summerââ¬â¢s 12 most buzzed-about movies

Summer's 12 most buzzed-about movies: A slideshow

The Avengers kicked off the summer movie season with a superhero-sized $200 million at the box office. Here's what else Hollywood is sending your way

Summer Movies : Analysis
Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" may assume too much of its audience, in particular that it knows the backstories of superheroes like Hawkeye, Captain America, and Black Widow.

The Avengers: For comic-nerds only?

Diehards are geeking out over this weekend's well-reviewed superhero flick. But those who don't know their Iron Man from their Hulk may be hopelessly lost

Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
"The Avengers" is already breaking North American pre-sale records, and some say its opening weekend tally could top $160 million.

How big will The Avengers be?

Iron Man and Captain America could help this weekend's superhero jamboree break box office records. At least until The Dark Knight Rises comes along in July

Summer Movies : Fact Sheet
Everyone's favorite eccentric Italian, Robert Benigni returns to the big screen in Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love."

Woody Allen's 'delightful' To Rome With Love trailer: 5 talking points

The 76-year-old filmmaker sends yet another cinematic postcard to movie audiences this summer, this time from Italy. Here's what critics are buzzing about

Summer Movies : The List
A newly released "Sparkle" trailer has critics talking about Whitney Houston's final performance, and the movie's glossy makeover from the 1976 original.

The Whitney Houston Sparkle trailer: 4 talking points

The late R&B supernova's final film performance serves as a tragic reminder of her enormous talent and painful struggles

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