Excellent ( ssss)
Reviewed by critic Steven Rea (S.R.). and David Hiltbrand (D.H.). W.S. denotes a wire service review. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson returns to live action after his stop-motion experiment Fantastic Mr. Fox, but there are more similarities than differences in this wonderful, wistful tale of 12-year-old lovers on the run. With Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the kids, and Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and Tilda Swinton as the grown-ups. You figure out who's more mature. 1hr.34 PG-13 (adult themes) — S.R.
Very Good ( sssf)
Ted Seth (Family Guy) MacFarlane's ridicuously crude and inspired fable about a grown man and his talking plush toy — and the girl who wonders if there's room for her in the relationship. With a straightfaced Mark Wahlberg as the laid-back Beantown schmo, Mila Kunis as his girlfriend, and MacFarlane voicing the title role. Cannabis-soaked, and crazy. 1hr.46R(profanity, crude humor, drugs, sex, nudity, violence, adult theme) —S.R.
Also on Screens
The Amazing Spider-Man ssfd Competent but hardly necessary reboot, with 3-D bells and whistles, of the still-familiar franchise starring the smart-talking, web-slinging, thug-busting teenager with the serious spider bite. Andrew Garfield, spindly and full of twitchy angst, is the new Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spidey, Emma Stone is his very blond high school lust object, and Rhys Ifans is the mad scientist who morphs into The Lizard. Essentially a teenage identity crisis love story, piled on with millions of dollars' worth of CGI effects and skyscraper-scaling thugfests. 2hrs.16 PG-13 (intense action, adult themes) — S.R.
Magic Mike ssfd Channing Tatum stars as a male stripper who has real feelings, too, in Steven Soderbergh's odd and entertaining mix of backstage melodrama, indie verite and Showgirls kitsch. With Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn and Olivia Munn. 1hr.50 R (nudity, sex, profanity, drugs, violence, adult themes) — S.R.
Reviewed by critics Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), Howard Shapiro (H.S.), and Toby Zinman (T.Z.).
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Monday Night Monologues
The Tempest (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival) The festival's design crew creates a wondrous universe in which the Bard's theme of forgiveness finds its resonance. Through July 15. — J.R.