Confessions of a Superhero is a very interesting documentary about would-be actors making a living working for tips posing for pictures with tourists while dressed up like superheroes. The meat of the documentary follows Chris – who has been portraying Superman on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for over 11 years. Also on tap are a Batman with anger management issues, a former cheerleader now posing as Wonder Woman, and a former homeless man making the grade as The Hulk. The film lets the viewer into the lives of the actors – their dreams, their delusions, their successes, and their failures. It is a beautifully made film and well worth watching. 5 Stars
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SUPERHERO MOVIE, from the creators of Scary Movie, aims to spoof the comic book superhero film genre. The movie ties itself too closely to the Spider-Man storyline rather than branch out to encompass superhero films in general. The result is occasionally funny, but lacks laugh-out-loud comedy despite an appearance by spoof veteran Leslie Nielsen. 1.5 Stars.
From director J. J. Abrams, STAR TREK reinvents the origins of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew. Chris Pine is delightfully realistic as young cadet Kirk embarking on his first Star Fleet mission. Zachary Quinto is perfectly cast as young Commander Spock. Stealing every scene he’s in, Karl Urban is outstanding as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. Rounding out the crew are Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, and John Cho as Sulu. The elements of history are exciting – learning the origins of Kirk’s birth, seeing Spock battle his human versus Vulcan genetics, why a space-fearing McCoy is in Star Fleet to begin with (he lost everything to his ex-wife in their divorce and had no other options but Star Fleet), and how Kirk comes to be in command of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The story gets a bit muddy in places but the overall story is solid and it makes for an enjoyable escape. Eric Bana co-stars as the villain and Leonard Nimoy (who played Spock in the original series and subsequent films) appears as an older, time-traveling version of Spock. 4 Stars.
From director Joss Whedon, DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG is an outrageously hip, laugh-out-loud funny, Emmy-winning, Sci Fi musical. One part Rocky Horror, one part Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and one part Little Shop of Horrors, Dr. Horrible captures the cheese of B-movie hero flicks with smart catchy musical numbers. Neil Patrick Harris is a delight in the title role. Both his acting and his singing never fail to impress. The plot follows the exploits of supervillian wannabe Horrible as he pursues the dual goals of defeating his superhero nemesis Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) and trying to get close to his secret crush Penny (Felicia Day). The music is impressively well fleshed out and the overall production (shot in just six days) proves what type of quality entertainment can come from outside Hollywood’s major studio network. Five Stars.
Based on Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling vampire romance novel, TWILIGHT follows the saga of high school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) who moves to a small town where she begins a forbidden love affair with Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)– a school classmate who is secretly a 108-year old vampire. The emphasis of the movie is on romance and Stewart and Pattinson provide a quality sense of spark. The supporting cast is strong and the independent feel of the film lends itself to the story. Four Stars.
Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner star in this delightful romantic comedy that takes its supernatural plot line from Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. In GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST, McConaughey skillfully plays confirmed bachelor Connor Mead whose womanizing ways threaten to destroy his brother’s wedding day. Visited by the ghosts of girlfriends past, present, and future – Connor sees the errors of his womanizing ways and comes to rescue the wedding. McConaughey, Garner, and Michael Douglas all turn in fine performances, as does Lacey Chabert as the bride. Four Stars.
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE is a high-octane action film that doesn’t disappoint in crafting the back-story behind the popular Wolverine character (Hugh Jackman) of the X-MEN film trilogy. Jackman is back in his career defining role (a role originally cast with Dougray Scott who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict with his role in Mission Impossible II). Jackman is up to the task both physically and in emotional interpretation of the brooding anti-hero. Along side Jackman, Liev Schreiber is adequately buffed up to play Wolverine’s half-brother Sabretooth (played in the original X-MEN film by Tyler Mane). The plot traces Wolverine’s evolution from childhood – allowing the audience to experience the birth of the character’s superhuman powers and the psychological affects having those powers has on him. Ryan Reynolds is a scene stealer as lethal swordsman Wade Wilson. Lots of action with occasionally muddy writing and stellar acting earns X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE three stars.