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Revisiting MAN OF STEEL (2013)

By Nick Maylor This film was widely disliked. Henry Cavill was heavily criticized. Zack Snyder has gotten some truly undeserved hatred. I loved Man of Steel (2013). I think it is the best Superman film yet made. With all due respect to Christopher Reeve and Richard Donner, Superman (1978) has one of the dumbest, laziest,…

REVIEW: THE NORTHMAN

By John H. Foote (****) In theatres Robert Eggars made a stunning directorial debut in 2015 with his haunting horror film The Witch, set during the early Puritan days around 1690. It was easily one of the greatest debuts in modern cinema. An actors’ director with a fanatical eye for detail, Eggars followed that sensational…

REVISITING SUPERMAN (1978)

By John H. Foote (***) It was New Year’s Eve 1978, and my lady and I were not hard drinking party goers. No, our night out would be a hearty Chinese dinner and a movie. We popped in to wish a beloved school teacher a Happy New Year and then headed to the movies. All…

SALLY FIELD’S BEST PERFORMANCES

By Alan Hurst Sally Field was one of the Kennedy Centre honorees last month, a deserved accolade for one of the best actresses of the last 50 years. I’m old enough to remember Sally Field from the initial runs of Gidget (1965-66), The Flying Nun (1967-70) and the short-lived The Girl with Something Extra (1973-74).…

Revisiting SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)

By John H. Foote (***) Why was it so disliked? Why was the film held in such blazing contempt? Why was Actor Brandon Routh, who I quite liked, so mercifully crucified? Why did it fail, miserably, at the box office? Why is John H. Foote, Captain Anti-Superhero writing about this film at all? To answer…

Al Pacino’s 10 Greatest Performances

By John H. Foote There was a time he was the most electrifying actor in movies, his performances earning raves from film critics around the world, legions of fans following his work, his peers celebrating his artistry, from film audiences around the globe. In the seventies his work was astounding, seeing him nominated for four…

The 10 Best Performances of Natalie Portman

By John H. Foote We have literally watched her grow up on screen. When I interviewed Miss Portman in 2010, I was convinced she was the most beautiful woman I had ever gazed upon, and her intelligence was intoxicating. Sorry, but looks mean nothing without a brain. She was very engaging, intense, fiercely proud of…

The 10 Best Supervillain Performances

By Nick Maylor Superheroes can only rise to greatness when faced with a worthy threat. Any superhero film worth its salt has to have a formidable and interesting bad guy. Villains these days range from giant purple aliens to regular Joes who took a wrong turn. Some can wave their hands to launch actual moons…