New Releases: Transformers plus three

This week’s new releases at Nerve. Good news for those of you who hate this format (the feedback has not been, uh, overwhelmingly favorable), we’ll be tweaking it over the next few weeks. Please bear with us during this time of transition!

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Summer of ’89: Batman

Each Thursday this summer we’ll hop in the time machine and jump back twenty years to see what was new and exciting at the neighborhood moviehouse this week in…The Summer of ’89!

Batman

Release Date: June 23, 1989

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Jack Palance, Billy Dee Williams

The Buzz: Hot young visionary director of Beetlejuice brings America’s favorite comic book hero to the big screen

Keywords: Vigilante, Joker, Gadget Car, Christ Allegory, Urban Renewal, Evil Clown

The Plot: A vigilante patrols the Gotham City night. Is he man or bat? Or man dressed as bat? (SPOILER: He’s man dressed as bat.) Continue reading

Throw your own Coen Brothers scavenger hunt

Those of you eagerly awaiting October’s Lebowski Fest have no doubt registered for Friday’s Big Lebowski Scavenger Hunt, and (if you’re smart) are already preparing for glory by securing a few no-brainer items, like a White Russian and a Creedence tape. But as much as we love the film and fear inciting random acts of nihilism from its fervent fans, we have to ask: Why does Lebowski always get the love?

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Wayback Wednesday: Woody

With Whatever Works opening in selected theaters Friday, this week’s Wayback Wednesday looks back at a couple of Woody Allen’s recent Euro-efforts.

Match Point

Like Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, Woody Allen has been around long enough to accrue the sort of legendary status that invites critics to freely abuse terms like “comeback,” “return to form” and (shudder) “masterpiece.” Fans of these artists have to tread carefully, sift through the accolades and wonder: “Is this really the greatest thing since Blood on the Tracks or Manhattan?”
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New Releases: Film – Pelham plus three

The Taking of Pelham 123 — Summertime is here, guys, and let’s face it, you’re not in Speedo shape. Spare tire, love handles, beer gut — call it what you will, but Men’s Fitness isn’t going to call about that cover shoot anytime soon. But don’t let a few extra pounds get in the way of your love life! Take the object of your affection to see Tony Scott’s rip-roaring remake of the 1974 thriller about a subway hijacking deep in the bowels of New York City.

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