A Robert Rodriguez virtual-reality film captures the push and pull between VR’s past and future

Unless your name is James Cameron, you’re probably a little skeptical of the recent surge in virtual reality as a medium for storytelling. (And even he wants you to know that what we tend to call “VR” isn’t true VR to Hollywood’s biggest devotee of technological advancements.) For most people, it’s still a limited…

Captain America fights Iron Man, and the MCU for once gets a painfully personal climax

Even the most devout Marvel loyalist can admit that the studio’s cinematic universe tends to have a problem when it comes to the big climactic set pieces that end their films. As with many of Hollywood’s CGI-heavy spectacles, there’s a tendency toward louder, flashier, and dumber—final fight sequences in which a hero…

Iron Man 3 blew up Tony’s suits, but can any big change really take in this mega franchise?

Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 felt like a fitting cap on the trilogy of superhero movies starring Robert Downey Jr. as a guy slowly learning how to be a hero. Whether you think the film totally works, or you appreciate Black’s attempt at smuggling in an ersatz Lethal Weapon movie (the second act, in particular, gets…