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A Lanky Teenager On The Path To (Super) Power

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.

'Amazing Spider-Man' Successfully Reboots The Series

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.

Luke Skywalker's Boyhood Home, Fans Do Fix

When Star Wars fans saw Luke Skywalker's boyhood home was rapidly decaying in the Tunisian desert, they jumped into hyperspace — OK, the Internet — to save it.

The Movie Elizabeth Banks Has 'Seen A Million Times'

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.

Lost In 'The City Dark': Documenting Missing Stars

Peabody-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney tackles a rather intangible subject in his latest film: light pollution. Host David Greene speaks with Cheney about The City Dark and what people lose when they can no longer see the stars.

A Boy And His Bear, At Large In A Man's World

Ted, the first film from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, is about 35-year-old Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) and his decidedly adult talking teddy bear. NPR's Bob Mondello has to confess that in time, he warmed up to this movie for and about overgrown kids.