'Man of Steel' -- 2 1/2 stars

<b>PG-13; 2:23 running time</b><br><br>Nolan's Batman movies proved just how far a worldwide audience was willing to follow a caped comic book hero into the heart of darkness. "Man of Steel" ventures in the same direction, though with its emphasis on hand-held close-ups, the look of this film is deliberately rough-hewn. David S. Goyer's screenplay benefits from Goyer's ambitious script structure, a thing of interwoven flashbacks and memory-triggered leaps into Superman's past. It begins on Krypton, which is falling apart fast, with Russell Crowe's Jor-El and Ayelet Zurer's Lara sending their very special son off to Earth. You know a lot of the rest, probably. Raised on a Kansas farm by good honest folk (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane play the Kents). Outcast. Freak. Superpowers. Must. Remain. Hidden. -- Michael Phillips<br><br><a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/sc-mov-0611-man-of-steel-20130612,0,2949067.column>Read the full "Man of Steel" movie review</a>

( June 11, 2013 )

PG-13; 2:23 running time

Nolan's Batman movies proved just how far a worldwide audience was willing to follow a caped comic book hero into the heart of darkness. "Man of Steel" ventures in the same direction, though with its emphasis on hand-held close-ups, the look of this film is deliberately rough-hewn. David S. Goyer's screenplay benefits from Goyer's ambitious script structure, a thing of interwoven flashbacks and memory-triggered leaps into Superman's past. It begins on Krypton, which is falling apart fast, with Russell Crowe's Jor-El and Ayelet Zurer's Lara sending their very special son off to Earth. You know a lot of the rest, probably. Raised on a Kansas farm by good honest folk (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane play the Kents). Outcast. Freak. Superpowers. Must. Remain. Hidden. -- Michael Phillips

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