Henry Cavill plays the title role in Zach Snyder's expensively earnest iteration of our most recognizably American superhero. An "alien" aesthetic — which ironically owes plenty to the Industrial Age and to the metallo-organic curves of art nouveau — informs everything from the film's palette to its interpretation of Superman's iconic costume.
Director Zack Snyder doubles down on the sci-fi DNA of America's definitive superhero, but his Man of Steel never quite becomes the inspirational saga some fans may have been expecting.
June 14, 2013 In Man of Steel, the director behind Watchmen and 300 has had a go at that most quintessentially American superhero. He speaks with NPR's Linda Werthheimer about his reverence for the character's mythology — and why he chose to change some of it up.
June 14, 2013 As with many of Sofia Coppola's films, it's the quiet mundanity of The Bling Ring that really hits home. Based on a Vanity Fair article, the story follows a group of privileged but troubled teens as they rob the homes of various Hollywood A-listers.
June 10, 2013 After years in movies and TV shows, some child actors end up making headlines for stints in rehab and legal drama later in life. Others leave Hollywood behind and pursue different careers. Mara Wilson, star of Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, explains the challenges of transitioning to adulthood.
June 6, 2013 Director James DeMonaco (Little New York) turns in a nail-biter featuring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. Set in an orderly future where citizens enjoy one lawless, annual 12-hour "purge," the film flops as social comment — but sure keeps you on the edge of your seat.
June 7, 2013 With the help of her son Lawrence Blume, Judy Blume has adapted her 1981 novel into a film. The widely beloved coming-of-age author speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about turning the book into a movie, and how the themes in Tiger Eyes echo her own life.
June 6, 2013 Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, contemplates what he considers the "dirty" side of America's wars. But it's what he doesn't ask — or answer — in his documentary's 90-minute narrative that's really thought-provoking.