Movie buzz: Whats opening this week
“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN” (PG-13): Director Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”) steps into the Hollywood big leagues with this reboot of the iconic Marvel Comics superhero. Andrew Garfield takes over as the unfortunate Peter Parker and Emma Stone is his soon-to-be-girlfriend Gwen Stacy. Rhys Ifans is the one-armed Dr. Connor, who may turn into a giant lizard.
“KATY PERRY: PART OF ME” (PG): Documentary looks at the pop singer’s life, both on and off the stage. You know, like that Justin Bieber movie.
“SAVAGES” (R): Oliver Stone is overdue for a hit. But the utter lack of buzz for this violent, pulpy thriller is worrisome. Two free-love pot farmers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) declare war on the Mexican drug lords (including Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek) who have kidnapped their mutual girlfriend (Blake Lively).
“TO ROME WITH LOVE” (R): Woody Allen follows up his Oscar-winning “Midnight in Paris” with this comedy about the romantic entanglements of a group of people in Italy. Penelope Cruz, Roberto Benigni and Ornella Muti play the locals; Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page and Allen (his first acting appearance since 2006’s Scoop) are the tourists.
By Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers