Studio Ghibli Fest to Show 6 Anime Classics in Theaters

GKIDS, an animated feature distributor, and Fathom Events, which arranges special cinema programming, have announced Studio Ghibli Fest. Starting in June, one classic anime film from the studio will be shown once a month. The Sunday shows are dubbed, shown at 12:55 PM local time, while the Monday airings are subtitled and running at 7 PM local time. Here’s the schedule. My Neighbor Totoro – June 25 and 26 Kiki’s Delivery Service – July 23 and 24 Castle in the […]

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Win Split on Blu-ray!

M. Night Shyamalan’s Split came out on Blu-ray last week, and I have a copy to give away to readers. Now, I haven’t seen it. (As frequent readers know, I avoid horror because I’m squeamish.) But I’m intrigued, both because it stars James McAvoy (known to comic fans as young Professor X in the X-Men films) and because it twists the typical “young girl hostage” thriller by adding a complicating factor: the villain has multiple personalities. It did surprisingly well, […]

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Tom of Finland Movie Screening at Tribeca Festival

I think of Tom of Finland as a comic artist, but that’s not really accurate. He’s best known for capturing lovingly detailed portraits of classic gay fetish imagery — the well-built biker in leather with a thick mustache, the bulging sailor, the hairy-chested construction worker — all in tight pants, strongly muscled and well-endowed. The movie publicity calls them “iconic homoerotic drawings”, and so they are. I think I associate him with comics because his art was often available, back […]

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Biggest Anime Film of All Time Coming to US in April

The biggest-grossing film of last year in Japan was an anime called Your Name., directed by Makoto Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star, 5 Centimeters Per Second). It’s also become the biggest anime film of all time worldwide, beating the Miyazaki movies Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. If you’re curious to see what captured the imagination of so many Japanese movie-goers, Funimation Films has announced Your Name. will be showing in North America beginning April 7. You can choose from […]

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Kickass Theron Atomic Blonde a Comic Book Movie!

Charlize Theron has a movie opening in July that’s been getting a lot of buzz recently because they just dropped the following restricted (red-band) trailer: She’s a sexy spy in this action thriller, and the Atomic Blonde trailer is heavy on fight scenes and girl/girl sex to get the adrenaline pumping. Also in the movie are John Goodman, Toby Jones, Sofia Boutella, and James McAvoy, so some big names there. It’s directed by David Leitch, whose John Wick has been […]

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A New WWE/Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Movie Coming

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed watching Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, which put the classic Hanna-Barbera kid detectives together with a whole flock of professional wrestlers. Now comes word of the next mashup. This time, WWE Superstars Big Show, Alicia Fox, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Sheamus will meet the Jetsons in The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania. Here’s the plot: In the midst of an exhibition match, a powerful snow storm freezes Big […]

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Doctor Strange Blu-ray Details Announced

The specifics for the home video release of Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the medical mystic, have been announced. The movie has made more than $650 million worldwide, making it “the biggest single-character introduction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe” and the 14th consecutive Marvel movie to open at #1 domestically. You probably already know the plot description: the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident renders his hands […]

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Movie Adaptation of a “Best-Selling Graphic Novel” I’ve Never Heard Of

I got a press release for the upcoming thriller Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, out digitally and “in select theaters” on January 13, 2017. I don’t normally pay attention to thriller press, because I’m squeamish and can’t watch movies based around people trying to kill each other in gruesome ways, but this one caught my eye because of the prominent line “based on the best-selling graphic novel series”. I was somewhat surprised that there was a “best-selling graphic novel series” […]

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