Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023

Since 2008's "Iron Man," the Marvel machine has been one of the most unstoppable forces in box-office history. Now, though, that aura of invincibility is showing signs of wear and tear. The superhero factory hit a new low with the weekend launch of "The Marvels," which opened with just $47...

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023

The stakes feel immensely low in "The Marvels," and it's not because this is a movie that spends a fair amount of time following cats or has an out-of-nowhere musical number. It's possibly that somewhere along way, Marvel movies just stopped feeling like events. And this galactic trifle from...

Thursday, Sep. 7, 2023

Nia DaCosta, director of the upcoming "The Marvels," has a diagnosis for the recent struggles of superhero movies. It basically comes down to, she says, "Mo' money, mo' problems."

Success inevitably breeds bigger budgets. Box-office expectations get inflated. Even superhero spandex can't...

Tuesday, Sep. 5, 2023

Hollywood is at a standstill. Actors and screenwriters are months into a dual strike. Film sets are dark. But the movies are still coming — or, at least, most of them. Even if that means some potentially solitary red-carpet walks.

"I'm hoping I'm not promoting the movie by myself," says...

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