Reviews of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' 'That Burning Feeling' and Hot Docs Lead This Week's Film Roundup
Published May 02, 2014As is our weekly custom, we've collected a handful of reviews of some of the biggest film releases from the past week right here in this week's Film Roundup. Read below to decide which films you want to see first — it'll give you something to read while your popcorn pops.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the prequel to Spider-Man 3, and yet another instalment of Sony's monstrously successful Spider-Man franchise. Our favourite childhood superhero has made a web-slinging return in 2014, but does this film hold up to the timeless superhero fantasy that the franchise has created? Read our review to find out.
Also seeing a wide release this week is That Burning Feeling, which confronts the unpleasant topic of contracting gonorrhoea with a touching, comedic outcome.
With the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival hitting Toronto this past week, we've also included a number of reviews from the fest that might pique your interest. Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart explores a controversial, highly broadcast 1990 murder trial. The film aims to shed light on the lack of justice throughout the trial and the effect that media coverage had on the verdict. Click the link above to read our review on this compelling documentary.
In other Hot Docs picks, viewers get a glimpse into the drug-fueled ups and downs of hair metal pioneer Alice Cooper's life in Super Duper Alice Cooper. Our reviewer thought it was a "visually stunning affair," but you'll have to read the full review to learn why it received a lukewarm 6/10 rating. Also in the vein of music docs, we reviewed Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets, which details a homecoming concert for Sheffield, UK band Pulp. This documentary takes on an unconventional perspective without simply reciting the band's career — Britpop fans will love the unique immediacy of the film.
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