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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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Predicting the Oscars: Best Supporting Actor

Wondering who will win Best Supporting Actor at the 2016 Academy Awards? Forrest makes his prediction in the latest installment of “Forrest on Film.”

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Predicting the Oscars: Best Picture

Which film is going to win Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards? Forrest makes his prediction in a new installment of “Forrest on Film.”

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Predicting the Oscars: Best Actress

Who’s going to win Best Actress at the 2016 Academy Awards? Forrest makes his prediction in a new installment of “Forrest on Film.”

 

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Predicting the Oscar winners: Best Supporting Actress

Who’s going to win Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 Academy Awards? Forrest makes his prediction in a new installment of “Forrest on Film.”

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Film Review: “Race”

Forrest reviews the Jesse Owens biopic “Race.”

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Critics’ Choice Nominees Announced

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Michael Keaton, left, and Mark Ruffalo in a scene from “Spotlight.” The movie was nominated for eight Critics’ Choice Awards, including best picture. Ruffalo was nominated for best supporting actor.
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I am a longtime member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, a group representing more than 300 critics in the U.S. and Canada, and today the organization announced nominees for the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. As usual, some of my personal favorites made the cut and others did not (I’m only one voter among hundreds). Regardless of my personal preferences, it’s a strong field of movies, and you can use the nominee list (below) to seek out the best in film. This year’s awards are slated for broadcast Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. (PT) on A&E, Lifetime and LMN. This event will be particularly special because — for the first time — the movie awards are being combined with honors doled out by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 21st ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS

FILM

BEST PICTURE

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Carol

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Sicario

Spotlight

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