Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse

The concept behind Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse isn’t a bad one: Take two cartoon team franchises and have them meet. Bonus points for using a currently hot buzzword, albeit one Marvel has had much more success with. (One’s cynical side supposes that Warner Bros. Entertainment wanted to be sure that their cross-town competitors didn’t get exclusive rights to the idea, as most people have been introduced to the Multiverse concept via the […]

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Inside Man

I checked out the new Steven Moffat TV series Inside Man (streaming on Netflix in the US) because of the cast and the idea of a “death row detective”, although I’ve been very iffy on his skills as a solo showrunner. The show lived down to my expectations, with outstanding acting trying to support a completely ludicrous core premise. The cast includes: David Tennant as Harry, the local vicar in a picture-perfect English village Stanley Tucci as Mr. Grieff (Dickensian, […]

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Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons

I’d about given up on the original DC animated movies. They’re either stories I already read as comics — and I didn’t feel a need to see the characters move, with added mature content — or they exist mostly for big battles. Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons was a pleasant change by focusing more on character interaction. I liked it a lot more than I expected — although it’s very male, with the only female characters being […]

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Minions: The Rise of Gru

As the holiday season approaches, it’s good to know about a movie that a bunch of family members can enjoy. Based on how much we, a couple of adults, liked this movie, I nominate Minions: The Rise of Gru. (Screenplay by Matthew Fogel, directed by Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, and Jonathan Del Val.) The previous Minions movie (also hilarious) was set in 60s England; this one moves to the suburbs of the 1970s, where Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is […]

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Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a deluxe edition of Batman: The Long Halloween. In addition to combining the previous two separate releases into one movie, this version is now available in 4K (although there is also a Blu-ray edition). There’s also “added mature content” and a 25-minute “Evolution of Evil” featurette about “the commonalities across the film’s heroes and villains alike” with commentary by clinical psychologist Dr. Drea Letamendi, original comic writer Jeph Loeb, executive producer Butch Lukic, and […]

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Heartstopper (the Netflix Show)

I adored the Heartstopper graphic novel when I read it two years ago. So I was thrilled to discover that the Netflix TV show version is one of the best comic adaptations I’ve ever seen. Heartstopper is all about cute boys in love, and it’s wonderful. It’s written by Alice Oseman based on her own graphic novels and directed by Euros Lyn. It’s incredibly faithful, but not detrimentally so, and the changes it makes — primarily expanding the cast — […]

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Rocky Becomes a Superhero

Sylvester Stallone stars in a new take on the superhero idea in Samaritan, available via Prime Video. In this film, Thirteen-year-old Sam Cleary (Javon “Wanna” Walton) suspects that his mysterious and reclusive neighbor Mr. Smith (Sylvester Stallone) is actually a legend hiding in plain sight. Twenty-five years ago, Granite City’s super-powered vigilante, Samaritan, was reported dead after a fiery warehouse battle with his rival, Nemesis. Most believe Samaritan perished in the fire, but some in the city, like Sam, have […]

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Naomi: The Complete Series

It’s a shame that we’re finally seeing many more diverse takes on the superhero genre now that it’s been so overworked. The exhaustion of fans and creators with this genre means no one’s sure what to do with it any more, so we’re finally getting characters beyond the usual white guy. That’s a very admirable thing… but I still have to care about the story and cast. It’s entirely possible to applaud something for existing while not finding it to […]

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