Rebooting the beloved, 50-year old Spider-Man story, director Mark Webb’s film champions this iconic superhero in The 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.
The ironically titled Mr. Nice charts the rise and fall, and rise and fall of infamous, global drug smuggler Howard Marks. Marks stole a real-life Mr. Nice’s (pron. Neece) identity and enjoys the joke of pronouncing it “nice.” Anyone who finds that terribly clever may appreciate writer/director Bernard Rose’s adaptation of Marks’ autobiography.