SUPERMAN RETURNS ★★★★ Directed by Bryan Singer. Starring Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Eva Marie Saint 12 cert Routh’s waxy Superman returns to earth to discover Lois mothering a toddler and Lex Luthor still bent on world domination. Singer skilfully sets up Christian parallels while integrating his heroes into a less traditional family unit. The film, issued here in both a bare-bones edition and a groaning two-disc set, annoyed some Superman purists with its supposed earnestness. But it remains captivating. OVER THE HEDGE ★★★ Directed by Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick. Voices of Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes, Eugene Levy, Avril Lavigne G cert This gentle satire on the banalities of suburbia, in which a gang of woodland creatures launch raids on their human neighbours’ fridges, is the most entertaining animation DreamWorks has produced without the word Shrek in its title. Children who enjoyed the antics of Carell’s Hammy will be pleased to hear that the bumper DVD contains a new short starring the hyperactive squirrel. NACHO LIBRE ★★★★ Directed by Jared Hess. Starring Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera 12 cert Hilarious comedy from the makers of Napoleon Dynamite, which finds Black playing a Mexican monk who takes up wrestling as a way of financing improvements to the local orphans’ meals. Featuring outrageous accents and a fine satire of Hollywood story arcs, Nacho Libre might be the most underrated film of the year. The DVD teaches you how to make your own wrestling mask. RENAISSANCE ★★★ Directed by Christian Volckman. Voices of Daniel Craig, Catherine McCormack, Jonathan Pryce, Ian Holm 15A cert Sometime in the future, a Parisian police officer discovers terrible conspiracies while investigating the disappearance of a scientist. Volckman’s animation, which integrates real actors into a stark monochrome world, is dazzlingly impressive to look at. So much so that one can almost forgive the routine dystopian scenario and flat dialogue. The classy English-language voice talent features the current James Bond, who remains gruff and charismatic even when you can’t see his face. STAY ALIVE ★ Directed by William Brent Bell. Starring Jon Foster, Frankie Muniz 15 cert You’d think there were enough useless movies based on real video games without film-makers dreaming up imaginary digital rubbish around which to structure new idiocies. It seems not. Stay Alive, which follows teenage cretins as they play a PC game in a haunted house, is as poor a film as we have seen this year. Avoid. MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND ★ Directed by Ivan Reitman. Starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard, Wanda Sykes 12 cert Misogynistic rom-com in which Thurman, representing every man’s supposed nightmare, plays a superhero driven to city-threatening fury by her break-up from the other Wilson brother. It’s an achievement to fashion something quite so dreary from such a wacky scenario. The DVD is packed with numerous never-to-be-watched extras.