The Fantastic Four just can’t seem to pull it off on the big screen. This latest installment, directed by Josh Trank, is the fourth film and third reboot from Fox Studios in its ongoing effort to build a franchise around these characters. Unfortunately, the film falls far short of capturing the thrills, humor, and sense of adventure that has been the hallmark of Marvel’s First Family for more than 50 years.
Given the torturous history of its production. I was unsure what to expect going into Ant-Man, the latest installation in Marvel’s vast universe of films. In development for more than a decade, with multiple script rewrites and a very public change in directors, there was a lot to be nervous about. Sitting in the theater last Thursday, however, my fears were quickly allayed. Rest easy, true believers; Ant-Man is pretty darn good.
From the opening scene, “Avengers:Age of Ultron hits the ground running, and doesn’t let up. The sequel to 2012’s triumphant Avengers tentpole, and the latest chapter in Marvel’s epic (seemingly endless) superhero franchise, is a fun albeit bloated spectacle that still finds time for levity and sadness.
After almost 50 years of entertaining audiences with her original characters and humorous, often poignant turns on film and TV, Tomlin still happily discusses her long career with fresh enthusiasm.
By JIM SABATASO | STAFF I don’t like nostalgia. At best, it’s empty comfort food for your brain. At worst, it’s a delusion that devalues the present. The past was never as good as we remember it to be. Sure, I have fond memories of my own that I revisit on occasion — I’m not a…