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Beautifully "shot" (...), this is a can't-look-away (even when you see it coming) mystery-thriller. Minor twists won't drop your jaw (see: 'Oldboy') but may prevent blinking.
Being both unfamiliar with *all* previous cinematic 'Superman' incarnations and largely oblivious to the DC universe, I can't review this film in context of the canon; that said, I can say that this film is (a) visually spectacular and (b) hugely entertaining *if* you can reconcile the source material's inherent camp with the gritty gravitas of the film's interpretation. The stark realism of Nolan's 'Batman' trilogy exports to another DC franchise of greater inherent absurdity (said affectionately) with mixed results; however, the DNA of the former makes flesh and blood of this 'Man of Steel.' Overall, an earnest, rousing effort and a clear signal of DC's intention to position its film universe as the introspective foil to Marvel's brand of pop 'n fizz, extroverted gee-whizery. I, for one, welcome the contrast.
Superior to its predecessor (sometimes less *is* more), V/H/S/2 is a gem. The best "found footage" horror film since 2000's 'The Blair Witch Project' is rivaled only by Barry Levinson's 2012 feature 'The Bay.' For genre fans: this is your bread & butter. May be the millennial generation's very own 'Creepshow,' although too violent for wide release, i.e., will not proselytize the squeamish but will greatly satisfy the creeper choir.
Every other year or so, the "faith vs. reason" discourse-dinosaur rears its tired, old head into the mists of public consciousness. Watch this doc. Ride the dinosaur.
This lightweight indictment of both Christian theology's flimsy historicity and Bush-era Evangelist chest-thumping is ultimately derailed and undercut by an unintentionally uncomfortable personal finale. Recommended only for those with axes to grind, i.e., "atheist revenge porn" will be off-putting for many, believers and non- alike. Nevertheless, may be worth partially watching as an eerie minor monument to moderate fears of a nightmarish militant Christian America in the mid-noughties.