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Rob’s Review: Man of Steel

Letter Grade:

The Good:

Shot beautifully.
Crowe does very well in a part that's bigger than you'd expect.
Action scenes are excellent.

The Bad:

Amy Adams is miscast as Lois Lane.
A lot of good CGI, but also some bits of really bad CGI.
The nit-picky among us will find fault in the plot.

Cast & Crew:

Writer: David S. Goyer
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language

Superman has always been a bit of a troublesome superhero. A little too good, a little too perfect, a little too indestructible… Very Golden Age. It’s hard to fit him into a postmodern, ironic world. With Man of Steel Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan take their crack at modernizing Supes with their take on his origin story. (I believe my general disdain for origin stories has been well documented.) I think they’re attempt has generally worked, though the traditionalist in my has its hackles up a bit. (more…)

Final Trailer: Man of Steel

One final trailer for Man of Steel before it come out next week.

Man of Steel is directed by Zach Snyder, the director who brought us 300 and The Watchmen (and Sucker Punch), and produced by Christopher Nolan, who brought us the Dark Knight Trilogy,Inception, andMemento. This time we get another crack at his origin story and fellow Kryptonian General Zod once again invades Earth. Stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Kevin Costner. In Theaters June 14th.

Dave’s Review: The Iceman

Letter Grade:

The Good:

Amazing acting performance by Michael Shannon
Reminiscent of 70's cinema
Fascinating character study

The Bad:

Subject matter is not for everyone

Cast & Crew:

Writer: Morgan Land, Ariel Vromen
Director: Ariel Vromen
Stars: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer (That's right, David Schwimmer...in a mob/hitman movie...)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some sexual content

Co-Writer and Director Ariel Vroman’s The Iceman tells the real life story of mob hitman (and all around psychopath) Richard Kuklinski (played chillingly by Michael Shannon). Kuklinski, who was apparently a generally unstable person and murderer prior to getting involved with the mob, is hired by a New Jersey crime boss (Ray Liotta) to do their dirty work…and he’s good at it. Over the course of 20+ years Kuklinski kills over 100 people before finally being apprehended by the authorities. During this time Kuklinski gets married , has two daughters, a lucrative (and fictitous) investing job and a successful family life in the suburbs of New Jersey. When Kuklinski was captured in 1986 his wife (Winona Ryder) and family had no idea that he had been a ruthless killer for the past 20 years. This film not only tells the story of Kuklinski’s mob killings (which would have been good enough for me…but i’m a little twisted) but also deals with his constant (successful) battle to hide the killer inside of him and maintain the fragile family life that he has established despite his anti-social and psychotic tendencies.


New Trailer: Man of Steel

New trailer for Superman’s latest reboot, this time focusing more on Michael Shannon’s General Zod.

Man of Steel is directed by Zach Snyder, the director who brought us 300 and The Watchmen (and Sucker Punch), and produced by Christopher Nolan, who brought us the Dark Knight Trilogy,Inception, and Memento. This time we get another crack at his origin story and fellow Kryptonian General Zod once again invades Earth. Stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Kevin Costner. In Theaters June 14th.


Dave’s Review: Mud

Letter Grade:

The Good:

Believable acting, especially from the two teenage actors
Beautiful style
Surprisingly sweet

The Bad:

Slow paced at points

Cast & Crew:

Writer: Jeff Nichols
Director: Jeff Nichols
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon

Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual references, language, thematic elements and smoking

Set along the banks of the Mississippi River in rural and impoverished Arkansas, Mud is a coming of age story centered around two teenagers’ attempts to help a fugitive evade capture and reunite with his true love no matter how dangerous it may be. Matthew McConaughey plays the eponymous fugitive Mud (that’s right, I used the word eponymous …I may have even used it correctly…It can be your word of the day. Look it up. I learned it from a Jack White song.) who is on the run after killing a man who was abusive towards his on again/off again love interest Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Mud is discovered hiding on an island on the Mississippi River by Ellis, the teenaged protagonist and his friend, Neckbone (yes, that is actually his name in the film, not some sort of weird autocorrect error). The boys agree to help him make his escape, even though they learn he may be dangerous, so he can be reunited with the woman he loves.


Summer Movie Preview: June

It’s time for the next installment of our summer movie preview, this time we look all the way into June, 2013. “Zombies”, and Monsters, and Shakespeare, oh my!

The Internship

Release Date: June 7th

Synopsis: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson get laid off and enter an internship program at Google where they must compete with younger, smarter interns for a job with the search giant. Also features Rose Byrne, B.J. Novak, Josh Gad, and Aasif Mandvi. Directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Date Night, and the Night at the Museum franchise).

Our Thoughts:

Rob: I have a feeling that, for better or worse, you’re going to get exactly what you expect out of this one.

Jennie: I hope this movie is funnier than the trailer suggests. Also, am I the only one who thinks it’s strange that the old guy in the wheelchair knows who Charles Xavier is but they don’t have any clue?

Dave: I got to imagine if you’re an old, bald, professor in a wheelchair, you hear the reference from time to time.

Dave: I think the trailer looks funny enough. I generally enjoy the combination of Vaughn and Wilson, but I foresee waiting to see this one on on DVD. Looks like it may be the type of movie that shows you the funniest stuff in the trailer…but i guess you never know.

Nicki: I love this team. They could read the phone book and make me laugh. Just the scene of “What? What?!” alone, makes me want to see it.