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'Superman Returns'
(Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, et al / PG-13 / 91 mins / Warner Bros.)

Overview: After a mysterious absence, Superman (Brandon Routh) returns to Earth only to find that his beloved Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has moved on with her life. Meanwhile, the Man of Steel's nemesis, Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey), is ready to hatch a plot that will render Superman powerless forever.

Verdict: If you're a Man of Steel–obsessed person, you'll be pleased to know that certain things that only you will get have been included. For example, watch for the re-creation of the cover of Action Comics No. 1. The opening credits will make fans of the 1978 movie very happy. And watch for cameos by Noel Neill and Jack Larson (from the '50s TV show; they were Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, respectively). Kevin Spacey's maniacally mean Lex Luthor made me forget that I find Kevin Spacey completely irritating. Parker Posey as his sidekick Kitty is very, very Parker Posey-ish (and that's awesome), and Eva Marie Saint, in her small role as Mrs. Kent, is sweet and sad. Brandon Routh makes a very decent cape guy, and only Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane seems slightly less than sturdy. But not by much. Basically, 'Superman Returns' packs an emotional punch that not many movies created these days can come anywhere close to. Enjoy!





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