Superman Week

by Alan Rapp on June 26, 2006

in Film News & Trailers

It’s Superman Week boys and girls.  For the next couple days we’ll take a look at the big blue boyscout, the man of tomorrow, the last son of Krypton – Superman – all cumulating in our reviews for the new film directed by Bryan Singer and staring Brandon Routh this Wednesday.  Of course that’s not the only movie getting released this week.  Check inside for the full list.

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Here’s what’s scheduled to hit theaters this week.  Want to know more, just click on the title for film info including a full cast list.  Want a closer look, just click on the poster to watch the trailer.

Opening Wednesday:

Superman Returns

Bryan Singer’s remake/sequel involves the quick retelling of the Superman origin and then Superman’s return from space after a five year absence following the events of Superman II.  Richard Donner’s vision, Christopher Reeves’ Clark Kent, and Hackman’s Lex Luthor and more are all lovingly recreated here.  Unknown Brandon Routh takes on the role of the last son of Krypton, beach babe Kate Bosworth is Lois Lane, and Kevin Spacey goes bald as the new Lex Luthor.  A little too long, and a little too familiar, but it’s heart is in the right place and has quite a few nice nods that Superman fans will recognize.  Check back Wednesday for our review.

Who Killed the Electric Car (New York and Los Angeles)

The new documentary by Chris Paine examines the mysterious destruction of what was one of the most efficient, cleanest (it produced no dangerous emissions), fastest, AMERICAN built cars ever made, whose invention should have transformed the auto industry and how it disappeared overnight.  Martin Sheen provides the narration as the film documents the odd story of the car that might have, and should have, been.  Included are interviews and clips from various celebrities including Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Peter Horton, and former Baywatch babe Alexandra Paul.

Opening Friday:

The Devil Wears Prada

Young nobody Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) moves to New York and lands a job as an assistant to the ruthless fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Maryl Steep).  The film was adapted by Aline Brosh McKenna (Laws of Attraction, Three to Tango) from the novel by Lauren Weisberger.  Close’s character is based on Vogue editor Anna Wintour who was less than pleased with the portrayal or film and rumors of her attempting to keep the cast from shooting in fashion locations have received more interest than the film itself.  After her work in more grown-up roles (Brokeback Mountain, Havoc) Hathaway retuns to yet another of her sweet and innocent bread and butter roles.

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