Reel Spoilers Episode 42: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
May 2014 06

This week on the show it’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Or perhaps we should call it The (Allegedly) Amazing Spider-Man 2. Well, all of us except Kevin will call it that.

Also, in Blake’s absence, we welcome a new guest Allison Sommers Kelly from the podcast Verbal Justice (iTunes). Or Gerbil Justice. The Skype connection was a little wonky. Herbal Justice maybe? Burple Justice? An entire podcast dedicated to the memory of the Kool-Aid knock-off in the accordion style container? That sounds like the tastiest podcast ever!

All this plus a box office report from Kevin, a Video Recovery from Dan and awful cough from Tom that he wasn’t successful in concealing.

It’s Reel Spoilers #42: The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

You’ve been warned.
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NEIGHBORS opens May 9! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
May 2014 05

Enter for your chance to receive a pair of passes to a special advance screening!

Neighbors Rogen Effron PosterSeth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Neighbors is directed by Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek).

Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz
Director: Nicholas Stoller

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GODZILLA opens May 16! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
May 2014 05

Enter for your chance to receive a pair of passes to a special advance screening!

Godzilla PosterAn epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston
Director: Gareth Edwards

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Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at the Fabulous Fox (May 29 – Apr. 11)
May 2014 02
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat National Tour 2014. Photography by Daniel A. Swalec

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat National Tour 2014. Photography by Daniel A. Swalec

Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler directs and choreographs this perennial favorite. Under his experienced hand, all the well-loved music and humor sparkles, enhanced by brilliant, yet subtle, updates for today’s audience. For an evening of high-octane song and dance in full Technicolor, catch the show at The Fabulous Fox now through May 11th!

This particular show features a dynamic married duo – with Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young of “American Idol” fame leading the cast. These two in particular impress with stellar vocal technique and solid acting skills to boot. DeGarmo performed in the show as a choir kid and said she has long looked up to the role of the Narrator.

Usually a ‘narrator’ role fades into the background as a story takes off; that’s not the case with JOSEPH. Here the Narrator’s songs begin, end, and anchor the entire show, woven seamlessly (for the most part) throughout the rest of the music. Sometimes she speaks directly to the audience, offering a running commentary on the show; at other moments when she seems to act as a character within the story, and steals center-stage with some knock-out songs. DeGarmo rises to meet the demands of the role with great panache.

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Review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ (REEL SPOILERS)
May 2014 02

Warning: this review contains REEL SPOILERS. For the spoiler-free review, click here.

amazing spiderman 2 poster final largeIt seems like just yesterday I was standing in line for the sequel to the original Spider-Man (2000) at the midnight show. Yet here we are ten years later, the franchise has been rebooted, and another sophomore installment is at hand. Spider-Man 2 (2004) was an incredible sequel, to a remarkably strong first attempt to bring the wall-crawler to the big screen (not counting the 1977 made-for-television movie). So we have proof first-hand that sequels can be just as good, and better, than their predecessors. Yet concerns of too many villains and lackluster early reviews had this reviewer and Spidey-fan a bit worried going into the movie. But fear not True Believers – this sequel is just what we needed.

The story picks up a year after left off, following the events of The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). The web-slinger is more popular than ever after saving New York from Dr. Conner / The Lizard, and is regarded as a hero by pretty much everyone except for J. Jonah Jameson (still no appearance, but we get a pretty funny off-screen cameo in this one; just bring back J.K. Simmons already). Even the police are happy to work with Spidey as he neatly wraps up their villains and drops them off for them. Peter (Andrew Garfield) is still struggling with the mysterious disappearance of his parents and the briefcase his father left behind – and now added to the mix is the death of Captain Stacy (Denis Leary). He is haunted by the ghost of the former captain (his conscience taking its toll) which forces him to break up with his girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) due to the promise he made to her dying father that he would keep her away from Spider-Man. Yet have no fears – Gwen is still involved in most of the film.

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