Fantastic Four Movie a Flop

It’s unsurprising, with the bad press it’s gotten, that the Fantastic Four movie that opened this week is not doing well. I am shocked that its Rotten Tomatoes rating is THAT low, though, with only 9% of critics liking the movie, and less than a third of the audience rating it positively. Most of the discussion about the film before it opened was about casting Michael B. Jordan, who’s black, as Johnny Storm, while Kate Mara, who plays his sister, […]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray Details Announced

Want to watch Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron over and over again? You’ll be able to this fall, as the movie becomes available for digital rental on September 8, with disc versions coming out October 2. As you know, the movie once again teams up the Marvel cinematic heroes — Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — to fight a world-threatening villain. […]

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Batman Unlimited Sequel Monster Mayhem Coming in August

Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts came out direct-to-home-video in May, and it apparently did well enough that there will be a sequel in the series. Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 18, or on digital August 4. It’s set on Halloween, when the Joker, Scarecrow, Clayface, Silver Banshee, and Solomon Grundy have teamed up to take over the city. The Joker (Troy Baker) has come up with “digital laughter,” “a computer virus […]

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Batman v Superman Surprises

You’ve probably seen the trailer, which debuted at Comic-Con, for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (coming to theaters March 2016), but just in case, here it is: What immediately stood out to me were the things I didn’t like: Fearing Superman because he’s different and can do amazing things. Ma Kent (Diane Lane)’s speech about Superman not owing anyone anything. Ma, what happened to heartland values and optimism? (Before that, the bits about hope and heroism are nice.) The […]

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Ant-Man Ads Working

The more ads I see for the Ant-Man movie, out July 17, the more I want to see it. Part of it is my love of the underdog — the poor thing seems to have been overshadowed by the bigger Avengers: Age of Ultron out already, and it doesn’t seem to figure much in Marvel’s movie plans. I also love watching Paul Rudd, and it will be nice to see a superhero film where the whole fate of the world […]

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Due on DVD June 9

The surprise comic-book movie hit Kingsman: The Secret Service will be available on Blu-ray and DVD June 9 and for digital purchase May 15. The film stars Colin Firth as a super-smooth secret agent who wants to train streetwise kid Taron Egerton into the Kingsman agency. The two, with the help of Michael Caine and Mark Strong, wind up trying to keep Samuel L. Jackson from taking over the world. The Blu-ray has a 90-minute look behind the scenes of […]

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The 1943 Batman Serial Airing on TCM

On Saturday mornings, Turner Classic Movies shows serials, short episodic movie chapters, at a rate of one installment a week. Their most recent series is Batman, a 1943 15-chapter telling of superhero adventure “based on the Batman comic magazine feature appearing in Detective Comics and Batman magazines created by Bob Kane” (as the credit card has it). We first see Batman, “America’s #1 crime fighter” (and government agent, surprisingly), sitting at an ornate desk in a “chamber hewn from the […]

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Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts Original Animated Movie Aimed at Kids

DC and Warner Bros. have apparently had enough success with their original animated movie line, of which the most recent release is Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, that they’ve put out 22 of them. However, these films are distinctly Not for Kids, since they’re rated PG-13 and feature amounts of violence (and more recently, sexual insinuations) that make that rating accurate. Yet kids like DC superheroes, and so do their merchandising partners. JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, for example, is […]

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