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.
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.