DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season

Review by KC Carlson DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was my favorite DC show last season by a wide margin. I lost interest in Arrow halfway through its first season and never went back (except for crossover episodes). I’m not sure what happened with The Flash, but both Johanna and I apparently got bored with it about mid-season, and next thing we knew there were 11-some episodes on the DVR. (We are looking forward to catching up with the season set, […]

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I’m Going to See Batman and Harley Quinn in the Theater

A reminder that the newest original DCU animated film, Batman and Harley Quinn, is showing in selected movie theaters tomorrow (Monday) night. This will be the first of the 30 (!) films I’ve seen on the big screen, and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve previously written about the release details, including the trailer, but here’s a new clip of the voice talent being interviewed about the movie. I like what I heard about tone and approach. The classic animated […]

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Curious George’s Creators Get a Movie

Hans and Margret Rey created Curious George, that standby of children’s books, in the late 1930s, but their lives were interesting beyond that, as I’ve learned from the trailer for Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators. This documentary, directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki and narrated by Sam Waterston, tells of how this couple of German Jews (and their manuscript!) living in Paris narrowly escaped the Nazis to bring their charming little monkey to children all over the world. […]

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Riverdale: The Complete First Season

I was harsh on Riverdale when it started, but the series grew on me as it continued. (Thanks to the CW for making it easy to watch through their various apps.) Now, for an evening in with a glass of wine, binging a few episodes at a time, it’s an enjoyable teen soap opera guilty pleasure. Riverdale: The Complete First Season releases next Tuesday, August 15. (The studio, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, provided me with a free review copy of […]

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Justice League: The New Frontier Commemorative Edition

Warner plans to re-release the Justice League: The New Frontier animated movie, based on the graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke, as Justice League: The New Frontier Commemorative Edition. They previously created a Wonder Woman Commemorative Edition for that animated film to tie into the live-action movie. That argues for a November release date for this package, since that’s when the live-action Justice League movie comes out, but no date has yet been announced for this re-release. In this case, there’s […]

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Why Didn’t These “Twin” Female-Starring Comedies Get the Same Treatment?

It’s not unusual for Hollywood to put out two movies with similar concepts at the same time. The latest example is a pair of female-starring R-rated comedies about bachelorette party weekends. Rough Night, starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and Zoë Kravitz, came out last month from Columbia/Sony. It cost about $20 million to make and made only $8 million its first weekend, so it’s considered a bomb. Good cast, but the plot, about these women killing a stripper, sounded like […]

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Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Comic Book Epic Tanks

If you want to go see Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets, based on a European comic book series, on the big screen, you’d better do it soon. Luc Besson’s visual extravaganza, made for somewhere between $170 and $200 million, just opened in the US, and it took in only $17 million, coming in fifth for the weekend. With more digital projection systems, it’s a lot easier to swap out underperformers and give more screens to, say, Wonder Woman […]

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A Smattering of Comic Movie Trailers (and Posters)

It’s San Diego Comic-Con weekend, so a bunch of comic book movie trailers (and posters) have been released. Here are the ones I’m most interested in talking about. The Justice League trailer is a lot of unconnected scenes, but they open with Wonder Woman, showing that maybe they learned something from the success of her film. (I do wish Gal Godot would stop looking so puzzled when her character’s supposed to be concentrating, though.) Oh! Don’t watch this if you […]

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