‘Iron Man 3’ It’s the super-fun return of the armored Avenger as he faces off against terrorists, led by the evil Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). There are big twists, intense action sequences and the trademark lightheartedness that makes the Marvel movies so much fun. Not to be missed is the short film featuring Peggy Carter. (DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $39.99; Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo, $44.99;...Read more »
It’s no secret that Brooklyn is a mecca for the arts, and that takes a literary bend this Sunday as the Brooklyn Book Festival takes over the borough, with tons of authors, many local, coming out to talk about their books, their craft and all things words.
Here are some events to check out:
The Faces of Brooklyn Join Pete Hamill (“The Christmas Kid”), Adelle Waldman (“The Love Affairs...Read more »
The Colony 1.5 stars Directed by Jeff Renfroe Starring Kevin Zegers, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton Not rated
“The Colony” is a horror movie about survival, about getting from one place to the next in dire cold while not dying from the elements or some hungry hunters.
To dig too deeply into the plot of this low-budget Canadian flick would be a waste of ink. Here’s the gist: Post-apocalyptic...Read more »
Dads 1 star
It is astounding that today, in 2013, sitcoms are still reliant on a laugh track to tell viewers when to guffaw along. In a legitimately funny show, it’s a mere nuisance. In an unfunny show like “Dads,” it’s painful.
Created by two “Family Guy” alumni, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, the live-action show follows a pair of video game...Read more »
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 4 stars
Police officers, specifically New York City police officers, are a frequent staple of TV broadcasting. Hard-hitting, dark dramas with grim men chasing down the criminal element on the mean streets of the Big Apple.
You’re not going to find that on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a sitcom set in the County of Kings, which owes more to the classic comedy “Barney Miller”...Read more »
Comic writer Greg Pak got his start about a decade ago working for Marvel Comics, guiding the exploits of the Hulk, X-Men and Iron Man.
These days, Pak — who went to NYU’s graduate film program and who has won numerous awards for his film “Robot Stories” — can be found working on a number of high-profile books. For DC Comics, he’s writing “Batman/Superman.” “Code Monkey Save World” is an upcoming...Read more »
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ For director J.J. Abrams’ second “Star Trek” flick, he brings some serious action and a deadly villain. Fun and exciting, this is a worthy entry into the “Trek” canon. (DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $39.99; Blu-ray 3-D/Blu-ray/DVD combo, $54.99)
Also out ‘Peeples’ (DVD, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99)
TV on DVD ‘Chicago Fire: Season One’ (DVD, $44.98) ‘Homeland:...Read more »
‘Now You See Me’ A heist movie built around the world of professional magicians, “Now You See Me” follows a long line of films like the “Oceans” trilogy, “Inside Man” and “The Italian Job” — kinetic, fast-paced and mysterious enough to make you want to see just whodunit. The heists, tinged with seemingly impossible magic tricks and illusions, are pretty fascinating and imaginative. There’s not much...Read more »