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All eight Spider-Man movies, ranked from worst to best

With Marvel Studios and Sony cruising along and sharing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; more sequels with star Tom Holland likely, and the animated, Oscar-winning “Spider-Verse” just getting started, …


Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ is plucky and pleasing, but also predictable

Academy-award winner Larson is every bit as tough, empowering and even slyly funny as expected, but what’s unfortunately lacking is the unexpected. Even though “Captain Marvel” hits all the right …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

‘Black Lightning’ delivers a jolt of reality to CW’s superhero lineup

The new year isn’t even a month old, and a new superhero is charging onto the scene, smashing into the jam-packed universe already occupied by Superman, Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman …


Can big-screen comedy survive the superhero era?

Laughs are drying up at the multiplex, and it’s a trend that goes beyond this summer. Last year, the shockingly poor performance of Andy Samberg’s “Popstar” ($9.6 million in its …


Review: Gal Gadot is a wonder in ‘Wonder Woman’

It’s taken 76 years for the comic book character Wonder Woman to lasso her way onto the big screen in her very own standalone film, and it’s not a moment …


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 1:03 p.m.

‘Wonder Woman’ director finds herself in rare summer role

Director Patty Jenkins first expressed interest in making a “Wonder Woman” movie over 10 years ago. She’d just made “Monster,” which won Charlize Theron an Oscar, and was doing the …


Movie review: Antiheros make a mess of ‘Suicide Squad’

The superhero movie is at a strange crossroads. It generally either takes itself too seriously (“Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman”) or delights in not caring a bit (”Deadpool”). The …


Kids receive prosthetic hands fit for superheroes

First it was a pair of green fists modeled after the Incredible Hulk’s. Then, Jordan Wilkes found two sets of razor-like Wolverine claws. He settled on a round plastic shield …


Without villains, heroes lack punch

‘Iron Man 3” might have dibs as the first blockbuster of 2013, but Tony Stark won’t be the only superhero bursting through multiplex screens in the coming months. Already scheduled …


Captain America goes patriotic with a corporate flair

The makers of “Captain America: The First Avenger” are in a must-win pre-emptive battle against superhero fatigue. Their not-so-secret weapon? A patriotic-themed marketing campaign complete with fireworks and red, white …


Art imitates real-life journalism – sort of

I saw two movies this week, both featuring superheroes. No, they did not sprout knife blades out of their knuckles. These people had the kind of superpowers I could relate …