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Beautiful Lies and False Gods in 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice'

Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice interrogates two primal drives in American culture through the top characters of the DC pantheon: fear and its trauma (Batman) and naked power and its ambiguities (Superman).

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The Gritty and the Real: Unpacking the Realism Trope in Superhero Films

The only thing that can be done with film better than comics is spectacle. Thinking otherwise betrays a lack of respect for comics, and a pretentiousness about film.

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'Sucker Punch': Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing -- a Furious Sounding Nothing

Though visually striking and stylistically ambitious, this bombastic, juvenile genre mashup is a mostly discordant, occasionally incoherent, but always compulsively watchable, mess. Just check your brain at the door...

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Glam Slamdunk: In Defense of 'Sucker Punch'

Sucker Punch is one of the rare films that finds a specific means of vizualization and runs like hell with it. It is literally unlike any movie made in the last few years.

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Five Hot Chicks and the MPAA, Why Can't This Be Europe? Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch'

PopMatters was in Beverly Hills for the Sucker Punch press junket, and sat down with among others, Director Zack Snyder, Producer Deborah Snyder, and stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung.

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Who Are the Next Horror Movie Maestros?

Perhaps it's too soon in the career arc to write off some of these wannabes as less than meaningful maestros. As we wait, however, the void continues to grow...and grow...

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Can Snyder Make Superman Super Again?

For all his ability with scope and eye for the epic, hiring Zack Snyder might not be the 100 percent right decision.

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Another Zack Attack

How did he do it? How did Zack Snyder go from motion picture nobody to helmer of hits like Dawn of the Dead and 300?

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Watchmen

For Rorschach, there are clear lines between good and evil, and in this he is the most traditional of the superheroes in Watchmen.

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'This Is Not the Culture I Signed Up For': Alan Moore and Hollywood

Who will watch the Watchmen? Not their creator, Alan Moore. And while he seems to be alone in his condemnation with the latest adaptation of his work, Moore's steadfast position deserves some real attention.

Ben Hamilton
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Three Hundred

300's penchant for drama and exaggeration is proof that a far-reaching vision and hyperbole can come together to tell a much better story than one based purely on historical facts.

Marisa LaScala
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Spartan Spectators

The earnestness of 300 assaults reality so effectively that it ends up destroying myth.

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300 (2007)

Spartans! Simple and resonant, this call to identity comes up frequently in 300, the film based on Frank Miller's graphic novel.

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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Don't call it a remake.

Cynthia Fuchs

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