Director Bryan Singer, who gave life to the X-Men movies, tries his hand at reviving the Superman franchise. The result is a magnificently entertaining throwback to yesteryear. The film functions as a visually and tonally perfect follow-up to the first two Superman movies. Turns out Supes (newcomer Brandon Routh) has been missing from Earth for the last five years. Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has moved on, gotten engaged and had a kid. Lex Luthor (a great Kevin Spacey), meanwhile, has gotten out of jail and is hatching a nasty revenge plot against our hero. The film is lengthy and lingers far more on the romance angle than on the action. Still, the action that does show up on screen is epic and hugely cinematic. 157 minutes PG-13.