At their best, innovative, experimental films offer thoroughly astonishing cinematic experiences. And director Alejandro González Iñárritu provides exactly that in "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." Following middle-aged Riggan Thompson trying to jump-start and salvage his acting career with a Broadway play, Iñárritu unspools a tour-de-force of technical distinction and spectacular performances.
Writer/director Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight" begins on stage in 1928 Berlin. Magician Wei Ling Soo makes an elephant disappear, saws a woman in half, stands one moment stage right and quickly reappears stage left. It's all good fun until Wei Ling, Stanley, hears from his brother about a mystic named Sophie.
Rebooting the beloved, 50-year old Spider-Man story, director Mark Webb’s film champions this iconic superhero in The writing an essay Amazing Spider-Man. It focuses, as it should, on the emotional core: the father who disappears, the devoted uncle murdered, scientific experiments gone wrong, and a determination, as well as the powers needed, to do good.