What's more appropriate for Flag Day than a movie about a guy from another planet who says he's "as American as you can get"?
That would be Kal-El, the last son of Krypton, alias Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), whose origin is revealed in "Man of Steel," the latest iteration of DC Comics' venerable and invulnerable hero Superman. It's a serious, camp-free action movie, as director Zack Snyder ("300," "Watchmen") loads up on visual splash while screenwriter David S. Goyer (who developed the story with "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan) revamps the mythology. The results get a little over-the-top at the end, but mostly it's an engrossing ride with a strong emotional core. (If you're a Superman fan, The Cricket wrote this essay on the character's history and influence.)
"Man of Steel" has scared off the rest of the studios this weekend – the only other wide release, the comedy "This Is The End," opened on Wednesday. But there are two art-house releases worth checking out.