Oz the Unfortunate and Underwhelming?

Should I throw myself into the latest Oz tornado? I'm reluctant. And most of the reviewers I trust — even those who are big fans of L. Frank Baum's Oz stories — are frustrated with Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful.If you're looking for guidance, I recommend, above all, Steven Greydanus's review. He writes... … [Read more...]

Spider-man 3 (2007)

Here's a flashback to my review of Sam Raimi's Spider-man 3, which I liked better than a lot of moviegoers, even though it was, yes, something of a letdown. This review was originally published at Christianity Today in May 2007. •"You are such a nerd," says Mary Jane to Peter Parker.In most movies, that would be a put-down. But Mary Jane, played again in Spider-Man 3 by the radiant Kirsten Dunst, says it with such affection that she's sure to reclaim her title as the ideal woman for g … [Read more...]

Spider-man 2: First Impression

Has there ever been a sequel so substantially superior to its predecessor than Spider-man 2 is superior to the first film? … [Read more...]