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‘Batman v Superman’ – Review from ‘Forrest on Film’

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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: Reviews of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘Joe’

From left to right, Paul Schlase, Tony Revolori, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes star in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

From left to right, Paul Schlase, Tony Revolori, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes star in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

It is a solid week for home video with new offerings ranging from a lightweight animated movie to the latest from visionary writer-director Wes Anderson.

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Video Verdict: ‘Iron Man 2,’ ‘Get Him to the Greek,’ ‘Babies,’ ‘Superman/Batman: Apocalypse’

Iron Man prepares to save the day in the superhero film “Iron Man 2.”

There’s plenty of variety on home video this week, with major titles ranging from a documentary about infants to a big-budget superhero sequel.

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Video Verdict: ‘Monsters Vs. Aliens,’ ‘Superman/Batman,’ ‘Girlfriend Experience’

From left, The Missing Link, Ginormica, B.O.B. and Dr. Cockroach in a scene from the animated movie "Monsters Vs. Aliens."

From left, The Missing Link, Ginormica, B.O.B. and Dr. Cockroach in a scene from "Monsters Vs. Aliens."

This week’s DVD releases include two animated films and an unusual relationship drama by director Steven Soderbergh.

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‘Dark Knight’ as good as sequels get

Batman rolls into action in "The Dark Knight."

Batman rolls into action in "The Dark Knight."

The toughest thing about following up a great movie is living up to expectations, and with “Batman Begins,” writer-director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale set the bar awfully high.

With its engaging script, terrific cast and brooding tone, “Begins” is arguably the best superhero film ever to hit theaters. How does one top that?

They don’t. But Nolan and company did everything possible to pull a repeat performance, and the result is a stunning action piece that should appeal not only to the popcorn-munching crowd but serious filmgoers.

Click here for complete review: http://www.rgj.com/article/20080718/ENT01/807180474

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