‘Man of Steel’ + ‘This Is The End’ Opening In Theaters This Weekend
One of the most anticipated movies of the summer opens this weekend (June 14). “Man of Steel” is directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen), produced by Christopher Nolan(The Dark Knight) and the screenplay written by David Goyer.
Spencer Perry wrote on the website SuperHeroHype.com:
Man of Steel is the first modern interpretation of the character that isn’t being influenced by 30-year-old films. Taking the already well-known story of Superman, Snyder and Goyer have brought an approach to the 75-year-old character that feels fresh and manages to stay true to what we all know about the mythology.
Born on the alien planet of Krypton, Kal-El is sent by his parents to live on planet Earth, where he is given the name Clark by kindly farmer Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) and his wife, Martha (Diane Lane), who raise him as if he were their own son. As a young boy,Clark displays incredible superpowers that instill him with a profound sense of personal responsibility. Later, the amiable Clark (Henry Cavill) becomes a reporter for the Metropolis newspaper “The Daily Planet,” and strikes up a friendship with crackerjack journalist Lois Lane (Amy Adams). But when his new world is attacked by a force that humans are powerless to defend themselves against, Clark assumes the identity of Superman and fights to protect the entire human race. Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire) co-stars as General Zod and Laurence Fishburne steps into the role of “Daily Planet” editor-in-chief Perry White. Russell Crowe andChristopher Meloni co-star.
Also opening in theaters (June 12) is “This is the End.” Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel star as themselves along with Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson in this end-of-days comedy that finds the actors hiding out with James Franco in his house as the apocalypse decimates L.A. outside. Featuring cameos by Jason Segel and Emma Watson. It’s the directing debuts of Rogen and frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg.
New movies on DVD this week include:
“Oz the Great and Powerful” . . . James Franco plays the wizard in It’s a prequel to the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz”. Michelle Williams is Glinda the Good Witch, and the other two witches are played by Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz.
“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” . . . Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play Hansel and Gretel, who killed a witch in a gingerbread house when they were kids. Now that they’re all grown up, they’re mercenaries who make a living by killing witches.
“Snitch” . . . The Rock plays a father who goes undercover as a DEA informant, in a desperate attempt to reduce his son’s 10-year prison sentence. Susan Sarandon is the U.S. Attorney he cuts a deal with.
“Knife Fight” . . . Rob Lowe is a political crisis manager, and Julie Bowen from “Modern Family” is a reporter he’s nailing. One of his clients is Carrie Anne Moss, an honest doctor who’s running for office. And his other client is a governor who can’t keep his pants on, played by Eric McCormack from “Will & Grace”.
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1. True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season
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6. Safe Haven
7. Cloud Atlas
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