‘Fed Up’ will fill you full of important information

FEDUP_5[rating=4]Starring:  N/A – documentary film
Writer(s):  Stephanie Soechtig and Mark Monroe
Director(s):  Stephanie Soechtig

Writer/director Stephanie Soechtig has combined forces with executive producers Katie Couric and Laurie David to give us a heaping helping of dynamic documentary filmmaking with Fed Up.  When the filmmakers used the phrase “the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see” to market the movie, it sounds like typical hyperbole.  It isn’t.  Using a combination of startling facts and poignant anecdotes, Fed Up takes the crisis in food consumption beyond Supersize Me.

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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ tries to do too much

Andrew Garfield spin another web in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'
Andrew Garfield spin another web in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’

[rating=3]Starring:  Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz and Marton Csokas
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riter(s):  Alex Kurtman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner (screenplay); Kurtzman, Orci, Pinkner and James Vanderbilt (screen story), from the comic book created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Director(s):  Marc Webb

It’s tough to reboot a film franchise.  It’s even tougher to do when you’re doing it only ten years after the film that (to borrow an overused meme) “jumped the shark” comes out.  But The Amazing Spider-Man did just that in 2012 and did it very well.  The sequel, The Amazing Spiderman 2 has just opened, and with two more films (plus spinoffs) already scheduled, the expectations were high.  Especially with the key cast members all back and Marc Webb in the big chair.

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