Movie Reviews: May 4, 2012

The Avengers

Every Friday, we bring you the week’s latest movie reviews and trailers. This week, ‘The Avengers’, ‘Detachment’ and more are reviewed. Visit for the latest Milton and west-end GTA movie showtimes.

The Avengers (PG) Rating: ★★★½
It helps if you go to the film having already seen the two Iron Man movies, plus Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Captain America: The First Avenger, all released between 2008-11 and leading up to this ensemble nerdgasm. But you don’t have to sport a propeller beanie to enjoy The Avengers, and this may be the highest possible praise for what director Whedon and his co-writer Zak Penn have wrought.

Detachment (14A) Rating: ★★½☆
Nobody can accuse director Tony Kaye (American History X) of taking the easy way out in his drama about a month in the life of Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody, rarely better), a struggling substitute teacher in a substandard school staffed by burned-out teachers in New York.

Headhunters (14A) Rating: ★★½☆
Headhunters begins as a caper flick — we even get an opening how-to in the art of art theft — before transforming into a chase thriller, with both sections of Morten Tyldum’s film equally engrossing. The craftiest trick of this Norwegian film, though, is the way it shifts our sympathies from despising Roger at the outset to somewhere close to cheering for him.

Wagner’s Dream Rating: ★★★★
It’s safe to say that no opera production in modern times has created as much buzz and controversy as Robert Lepage’s $16 million, high-tech extravaganza Ring Cycle. Metropolitan Opera general director Peter Gelb put not only his own career, but pretty much the fate of his whole, storied company on the line to make this happen. And famed Canadian director Lepage admits he had no idea what he was doing when he accepted the job. It’s a high-stakes gamble that filmmaker Susan Froemke has captured in all of its breast-plate-and-spear glory in a two-hour documentary that has as many hair-raising, stomach-churning moments as a ride on Wonderland’s new Leviathan.

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