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‘Batman v Superman’ – Snapshot Review

Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

151 minutes, Rated PG-13

Critical rating: 3 stars out of 4

Directed by: Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen,” “Man of Steel”)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg and Gal Gadot

Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality

The story: The movie is set after 2013’s “Man of Steel” in a world that has come to love Superman’s (Henry Cavill) heroic deeds but fear his immense power. One of the people most concerned about Superman’s extraordinary abilities is Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), the billionaire businessman who moonlights as Batman. Wayne watched as Superman battled the Kryptonian super villain Zod, laying waste to much of Metropolis in the process. Although Superman didn’t intend on the destruction, Wayne takes it personally because many of his employees were killed when a building was destroyed.  At the same time, Superman is growing increasingly concerned about Batman’s vigilante tactics. This, and some meddling by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), leads to a showdown between the two heroes.

The scoop: The film boasts plenty of silly moments, but it’s also a lot of fun. Director Zack Snyder’s visuals are beautiful, and he allows time for the cast to develop their characters. Cavill and Affleck are good, as is Gal Gadot who makes an appearance as Wonder Woman. Although some plot points strain credibility, viewers willing to go for the ride can have plenty of fun.

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Video Verdict: ‘Her,’ ‘That Awkward Moment,’ ‘I, Frankenstein’

Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his computer operating system in “Her.”

Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his computer operating system in “Her.”

This week’s home video releases offer a new take on Frankenstein’s monster, a sex comedy featuring several young stars, and an offbeat dramedy about romance and technology.

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Video Verdict: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Christian Bale;Jeremy Renner;Bradley Cooper

From left to right, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence star in “American Hustle.”

Three Academy Award-nominated features lead this week’s crop of home video releases.

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Video Verdict: ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Frances Ha,’ ‘Turbo’

Henry Cavill plays the title character in “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyder’s new cinematic look at the comic book hero Superman.

Henry Cavill plays the title character in “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyder’s new cinematic look at the comic book hero Superman.

A clever animated film, a quirky drama and a big-budget superhero movie anchor this week’s home video releases.

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Video Verdict: ‘The Master,’ ‘Chasing Mavericks’

Joaquin Phoenix, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in “The Master,” the latest film from director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Joaquin Phoenix, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in “The Master,” the latest film from director Paul Thomas Anderson.

This week’s home video releases are anchored by the latest project from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose previous films include “There Will Be Blood,” “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Magnolia.”

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Video Verdict: ‘Total Recall,’ ‘Trouble With the Curve,’ ‘Pitch Perfect’

In “Total Recall,” Colin Farrell plays Douglas Quaid, a seemingly average guy who finds himself in a secret agent adventure.

In “Total Recall,” Colin Farrell plays Douglas Quaid, a seemingly average guy who finds himself in a secret agent adventure.

This week’s home video releases include a baseball drama starring Clint Eastwood, a musical about college show choirs and a remake of a popular science-fiction film.

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Video Verdict: ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,’ ‘The Muppets,’ ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’ ‘The Sitter,’ ‘Hop’

Rooney Mara plays the title character in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” a thriller based on Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel. Mara’s work in the film earned her an Academy Award nomination for best picture.

Three films that had starring roles in the recent Academy Awards ceremony lead this week’s crop of home video releases.

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