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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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Ask Forrest: How ’bout Eckhart?

Aaron Eckhart in "the Dark Knight."

Aaron Eckhart in "The Dark Knight."

Question: About a week and a half ago, you reviewed “The Dark Knight” DVD release and gave it its deserved due. But you, as everybody has, elevated Heath Ledger to acting-sainthood, while the performance that I found most fascinating in the film has been mostly ignored by all media. Of course, I’m referring to Aaron Eckhart’s turn as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, perhaps the most tragic figure ever in the Batman Rogues Gallery.

In the course of the film, while the Joker appears already fully formed, Dent gets to transform. I never once connected with the Joker, while Two-Face stirred my feelings up for weeks after I witnessed Eckhart’s performance. If you ask an actor or an acting teacher what makes a good performance, they will usually tell you that the broader emotional arc a character has to pursue makes for a more remarkable experience. The Joker makes virtually no emotional journey during “The Dark Knight,” while Two-Face goes almost literally from Heaven to Hell. Where is the press for Eckhart?

Answer: You just succeeded in creating at least a little press, so I hope Eckhart appreciates your efforts.

As for your question …

Click here to read full column: http://www.rgj.com/article/20081226/COL14/812260363/1117/ENT

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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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