“AQUA­MAN”

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A gi­gan­tic per­former at the box of­fice, this DC Comics saga of the wa­ter-based hero casts mus­cu­lar Ja­son Mo­moa as a self-ex­ile from Atlantis, where he re­turns to try to avert a war that’s brew­ing be­tween the worlds above and be­neath the sea. The im­pres­sive cast also in­cludes Ni­cole Kid­man as Arthur “Aqua­man” Curry’s mother, Am­ber Heard as his true love Mera and Pa­trick Wil­son as his bat­tle-minded half-brother, with Willem Dafoe and Dolph Lund­gren also fea­tured. James Wan (“Saw”) di­rected the film, which was made prin­ci­pally in Aus­tralia and stands out among other su­per­hero movies for its sur­plus of spe­cial-ef­fects se­quences set in moist – if not fully drenched – sur­round­ings. DVD ex­tras: 11 “mak­ing-of” doc­u­men­taries; “scene study break­downs.” (PG-13: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

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