Trashy, goofy, and surprisingly sincere, this superhero fantasy is better than you expect but not as good as it should be.
Glenn Kenny is the editor of A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Writers and Artists On 25 Years of ‘Star Wars’ (Holt, 2002) and the author of Robert De Niro: Anatomy of An Actor (Phaidon/Cahiers du Cinema, 2014). His writings on the arts have appeared in a wide variety of publications, which include the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, Humanities, and others. From the mid-1990s to the magazine’s 2007 folding, he was a senior editor and the chief film critic for Premiere. There he commissioned and edited pieces by David Foster Wallace, Tony Kushner, Martin Amis, William Prochnau, and other well-regarded writers. He also wrote early features on such soon-to-be-prominent motion picture figures as Paul Thomas Anderson and Billy Bob Thornton. He currently contributes film reviews and essays to RogerEbert.com and to Vanity Fair Online, Decider, the Criterion Collection website, and other outlets. He has made numerous television and radio appearances and appears as an actor in Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 film The Girlfriend Experience, and Preston Miller’s 2010 God’s Land. He was born in Fort Lee, New Jersey and has been a resident of Brooklyn since 1990; he lives in that borough with his wife.
A tribute to the late Chuck Berry.
Glenn Kenny on two re-releases from New York Review Books that offer a look into the mind of director Robert Bresson.
A report from Venice on the festival's Venice Classics program, including restored films by Robert Bresson, John Ford, Andrei Tarkovsky, George Romero and Woody Allen.
A dispatch from the Venice Film Festival on the latest from Terrence Malick and Laurie Simmons.
Glenn Kenny on new films from Ana Lily Amirpour and Andrew Dominik.
A report on the four films of the Biennale College from this year's Venice Film Festival.
A review of the latest directorial project by Mel Gibson, straight from its Venice premiere.
A review from the Venice Film Festival of Paolo Sorrentino's new series.
A report on the latest from Tom Ford and Wim Wenders out of Venice.
The first diary entry from Glenn Kenny out of the 2016 Venice Film Festival.