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Movie review: Zachary Levi, kid costars make ‘Shazam!’ gosh-darn appealing

Superhero Shazam first appeared in comic books nearly 80 years ago. The character has weathered a long, complicated history, rife with lawsuits and name changes. But always, his bright red suit emblazoned with a huge gold lightning bolt has remained the same. DC Comics and Warner Bros’ “Shazam!” is the first big-budget modern blockbuster for the character, and the filmmakers have stayed true to its essence – combining his childlike 1940s gee-whiz enthusiasm with a post-modern sense of irreverence, creating a film that is delightfully playful and sharply self-aware. Lovably nerdy “Chuck” star Zachary Levi packed on the muscle to play Shazam, who shares a lot of qualities with that other DC star, Superman. They both have super speed and strength, the ability to fly, a strong jaw, the same haircut and even a secret identity. But Shazam’s alter-ego doesn’t have the gravitas of Clark Kent. Rather, deep within the body of this brawny superhero lies the mind and heart of a kid, 14-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel).

‘Woman at War’ is a taut environmental thriller with a charismatic superhero

A movie as intensely subjective as “Woman at War” had better have an actress deserving of unwavering attention, and director Benedikt Erlingsson has found her in Halldora Geirharosdottir, who proves to be supremely at ease with both the physical demands of the film and its trickier internal journeys

Movie review: Pups make ‘Dog Days’ worthwhile

“Dog Days” is in some ways a very strange movie, in the way it straddles the worlds of weirdo comedy and family-friendly fare. But ultimately, it’s the pooches who steal the show.

Actors sparkle in movie about aging

Based on Saumya Joshi’s Gujarati play of the same name, “102 Not Out” is a lesson on life skills and how to rise above the bitter memories and cherish the sweet ones.