Trashy, goofy, and surprisingly sincere, this superhero fantasy is better than you expect but not as good as it should be.
Barbara Scharres is the Director of Programming at the Gene Siskel Film Center, a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In this capacity she is the artistic director for one of the largest cultural exhibition programs of world cinema in North America. She has published articles and criticism in film magazines and journals including American Cinematographer, Film Comment, Chicago Reader, Variety, and the Chicago Sun-Times, and has contributed to books including Hong Kong Babylon, edited by Fred Dannen.
Scharres was named a "Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts" by the Chicago Tribune three times, in 1989, 1991, and 1999. In 2006, the French government awarded her one of its highest honors by designating her a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her role in advancing French culture through cinema.
A report on day two of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, with reviews of four new films, including new work by Ken Loach and Cristi Puiu.
A review of Woody Allen's new film, which just premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
A preview of Cannes 2016.
Barbara's annual playful piece about cats in this year's Cannes offerings.
A final film report from Cannes on two of the last films for 2015: an update of Macbeth and an environmental documentary.
A report on two more Cannes films, "Chronic" and "Masaan".
A report on new films by Jacques Audiard, Gaspar Noe, and Guillaume Nicloux.
A report from Cannes 2015 on the latest films from Paolo Sorrentino, Shin Su-won and Hou Hsio-hsien.
A Cannes report on new films by Denis Villenueve and Zhang-ke Jia.
A report from Cannes 2015 on "The Measure of a Man," "Cemetery of Splendor" and "Marguerite & Julien."