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Review: 'Man Of Steel' Directed By Zack Snyder, Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams & Michael Shannon

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 10, 2013 11:00 PM
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Man Of Steel
In the opening scenes of Zack Snyder's “Man of Steel,” the planet of Krypton announces itself with the director's customary visual smorgasbord: canyons bathed in stark golden light, frenzied aerial battles for the planet's future, and a host of CGI creatures and machinery zipping around. It is a garish, worrying sight, saved finally by silence, as a mother laments her son's future on Earth. “We'll never see him walk,” Lara Lor-Van (Ayalet Zurer) quietly says to her husband, Jor-El (Russell Crowe, solid throughout his considerable role). The line connects, both actors retrieving the film from gaudy chaos for a moment of humanity; the child departs, leaving his parents to their planet's fate. Thankfully, down on Earth, we proceed to see him walk, run, and then fly in Snyder's impressive, bold take on the Superman mythology -- one that strains under its helmer's indulgent action tendencies, but succeeds on heart where brawn will not.

Watch: 2 New Clips & TV Spot For 'Man Of Steel' Featuring General Zod & Faora

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 7, 2013 9:38 AM
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Man Of Steel
We’re officially a week away from the “Man of Steel” flying into theaters and I couldn’t be more thrilled. How the final product will turn out is still up in the air, but I have to say that this has been a fine promotional run for Warner Bros. I haven’t seen a single bit of footage or trailer that has dissuaded me from seeing this film on June 14th. Speaking of which, we have the latest TV spot and two new clips which you can view below.

Watch: Zod Takes Center Stage In Final, Action-Packed 'Man Of Steel' Trailer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2013 8:30 AM
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Michael Shannon, Man Of Steel
This summer, an awful lot is riding on Warner Bros' "Man Of Steel," with the studio pinning their hopes for a Marvel-style cinematic universe on Zack Snyder’s “Man Of Steel” reboot. Following the same blueprint they used for Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” films, the studio is ramped up their viral marketing campaign yesterday to deliver a new Zod-centric trailer that opens with a pretty creepy message directly from the Kryptonian psychopath himself.

Jeff Nichols Goes Sci-Fi To Direct His First Studio Movie, Once Again Reteams With Michael Shannon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 10:42 PM
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It was only a matter of time before the major studios came sniffing around "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter" and "Mud" director Jeff Nichols. In fact, they already have, with the helmer shortlisted last year for "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," but now he's finally inked his first studio deal and he's bringing a trusted friend with him.

Watch: Superman Flies With Lois Lane, Alien Ships, Zod & More In New 'Man Of Steel' TV Spot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2013 2:17 PM
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Man of Steel, Superman
While we're still a way off from anything on the verdict for the actual movie, the marketing for "Man Of Steel" continues to be the best of the summer so far. Everyone on the Warner Bros. team is leaning on selling an epic experience and this latest TV spot is now different.

Review: 'The Iceman' Starring Michael Shannon Is A Tired Take On The Mob Flick

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 30, 2013 7:06 PM
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Are we living in a post-gangster movie age? From the early talkies to the Oscar-winning success of “The Departed,” the genre has been ever-popular and responsible for seminal films from “White Heat” and “The Godfather” to “Goodfellas” and “Pulp Fiction.” But one struggles to think of a standout film in the genre since Scorsese's Oscar winner, with memorable mobsters now coming from television rather than the movies. We’re sure that someone will come along and give the form new life one of these days, but that reinvention of the wheel doesn’t come from Ariel Vroman’s “The Iceman,” which is decent enough, but fails to cover ground that hasn’t already been covered many times before.

You Can Go Ahead And Add Michael Shannon To The List Of Actors Cut Out Of 'To The Wonder'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 3:37 PM
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By now, Terrence Malick's tendency to enlist lots of big name stars to come hang out his sets, only to subsequently cut them out of the movie, is as legendary as his press shyness. In fact, we devoted a whole feature to that very topic. And his latest film, the divisive "To The Wonder" -- listen to our podcast about it here -- is no different. While the finished movie pivots around four characters played by Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, there were a handful who worked on the movie, in both big and small parts, that were ultimately cast aside including Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Amanda Peet, Michael Sheen and Jessica Chastain. And now, you can add one more to that list.

Review: Deeply Felt, Thrilling 'Mud' Shows Director Jeff Nichols & Matthew McConaughey At The Top Of Their Games

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • April 25, 2013 11:58 AM
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Matthew McConaughey, Mud
It all starts with a beautifully surreal image: a decrepit boat resting comfortably in the branches of a tree. The young boys who find it want to use it, make it their own. But on this particular river island in Arkansas, they are not alone. It's not long before they encounter Mud (Matthew McConaughey, sporting a large snake tattoo and a chipped front tooth a la Jim Carrey in "Dumb & Dumber"), who's not only the namesake of Jeff Nichols' brilliantly constructed, emotionally satisfying genre deconstruction, but also the film's hero and anti-hero.

Watch: New Trailer For Zack Snyder & Christopher Nolan's Superman Epic 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2013 8:21 PM
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Man Of Steel, Henry Cavill
Over the weekend when the "Man Of Steel" viral hit -- "revealing" Michael Shannon's General Zod threatening the Earth -- some uber nerds complained that he was speaking perfect English and didn't have a Kryptonian accent or anything, proving that people will complain about anything. But for the rest of us, "Man Of Steel" is hopefully going to be the superhero highlight (we hope) of the summer, a movie that will flex both brains and brawn and this evening, a brand new trailer has arrived.

Watch: General Zod Has Some Demands In New 'Man Of Steel' Teaser

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2013 10:16 PM
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Want to get a first look at General Zod in Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel"? Well, leave it to Christopher Nolan to keep the cockteasing going just a bit longer as you'll hear him, and that's about it....

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