Oliver Stone's new film Savages is a violent thriller starring Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as pot growers caught up in a Mexican drug war. Critic David Edelstein says the movie is deeper and more complicated than Stone's famously bloody Natural Born Killers.
Mike Nichols has won every major entertainment award over a long career in theater, comedy, TV and film. He returned to Broadway directing a revival of Death of a Salesman, which picked up seven Tony nominations. Nichols warns the production may be his last. Originally broadcast May 23, 2012.
Peter Parker's transformation from nerdy teenager to nerdy teenager with superstrength is retold in The Amazing Spider-Man. NPR's Bob Mondello says that star Andrew Garfield is great as the awkward high-schooler with newfound powers, and keeps the movie from feeling superfluous.
The unmistakable air of Hollywood calculation hangs over The Amazing Spider-Man but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The world was ready for new stars in a retelling of the comic book saga, thanks to strong performances from actors Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
The actress, whose credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Hunger Games and People Like Us, says she could watch Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction a million times. "Every character jumps off the screen," she says.
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