"What's Kryptonite?" the little kid in the backseat asks the two men in the front of the car, bearing down a Texas highway in the middle of the night. The boy, wearing goggles and wielding a flashlight to read his Superman comic, seems preternaturally calm. The men are bottled up with urgency. There are guns by their sides.
10 Cloverfield Lane From producer J.J. Abrams and Philly native Dan Trachtenberg, a wickedly clever nightmare entertainment (and spiritual offspring of 2008's Cloverfield), with Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a woman who wakes up shackled in some weird guy's underground bunker. John Goodman is that guy, John Gallagher Jr. is a fellow, um, guest, and the world outside ain't what it used to be. PG-13
It's not easy being Superman. One day you're a savior, a god, monuments are erected in your honor, a grateful world is all yours. The next, you're summoned before a Senate committee, accused of rogue actions and the death of innocents. It doesn't help that there's a guy in the next burg with a chip on his shoulder as big as a Gotham City skyscraper, a cowled crime-fighter who begrudges the Kryptonian with the "S" on his chest.
"Fearing the actions of a godlike Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis' most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known before." - Warner Bros. synopsis for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The Bronze A story of small-town celebrity, of achievement and then not achieving anything at all, starring (and co-written by) Melissa Rauch, who plays a medal-winning gymnast who has spent the last decade chugging booze, snorting drugs, and hurling insults. And then she gets a chance at redemption. A mostly ferociously funny comedy, with Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, and Haley Lu Richardson. R
It's comforting to know that far in the future - when cities are in ruin, when walls are built to keep people in (and keep them out), when elevators can go all zigzaggy into the sky - that folks will still be running around spouting clichés like "The coast is clear!" and "What's going on here?" and "We have to leave - right now!"
The Bronze is a story of small-town celebrity, of onetime achievement, and then of not achieving much of anything at all, a tale of intense gymnastic competitions and intensely gymnastic sex. The latter takes place in a motel and requires two of the stars of this mostly fiendishly funny dark comedy (and their respective body doubles) to undergo as many position changes as a candidate for president.
10 Cloverfield Lane From producer J.J. Abrams and Philly native Dan Trachtenberg, a wickedly clever nightmare entertainment (and spiritual offspring of 2008's Cloverfield) with Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a woman who wakes up shackled in some weird guy's underground bunker. John Goodman is the captor, John Gallagher Jr. is a fellow, um, guest, and the world outside ain't what it used to be. PG-13