UltraViolet, for Digital Movies, Is Done

UltraViolet, launched in 2011 as a movie studio alternative to iTunes’ growing dominance of digital video, is ending. (The first studio to use it was Warner.) The service, which was planned to allow you to aggregate digital copies of TV shows and movies and watch on a variety of devices, has been generally replaced by Movies Anywhere (assuming you’re in the US), which has the benefit of including Disney (who originally launched it) and working across more services, including iTunes. […]

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Arrow’s Next Season to Be Its Last

Last month, Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen on Arrow, tweeted the following: Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall. Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever. Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall. There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you. — Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) March 6, 2019 That will be […]

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Legends of Tomorrow Returns April 1

This is one of the most effective TV trailers I’ve seen, capturing the many aspects of the series’ appeal. Legends of Tomorrow is not only fun, it has a sense of humor about itself, and anything can happen on it. How can you not love a show, that in two minutes, * Makes fun of being left out of the last big crossover? * Promises lucha libre wrestling AND a Bollywood dance number? * Has a runaway mummy? * Kidnaps […]

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Batman on DC Universe Free Today

Today, March 30, to celebrate 80 years of Batman, there’s a whole bunch of content featuring the Dark Knight available at the DC Universe streaming service. If you’re in the US, you can watch the following: Batman (1989) Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero Batman & Robin Batman Beyond Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker Batman Forever Batman Ninja Batman Returns The Batman vs Dracula Batman vs. Robin The Batman Batman: Assault on Arkham Batman: Gotham Knight Batman: Mask of […]

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Shazam!

Thanks to a special Fandango offer, KC and I got to see Shazam! last night. It’s a fun movie, thanks largely to the outstanding performance of Zachary Levi as the 15-year-old pretending to be an adult superhero. He does an amazing job capturing the combination of adolescent swagger and uncertainty. (Asher Angel plays Billy Batson as the teen version.) But it’s also a very boy-focused film, with the characters of the various mothers and sisters inconsistent or not well-developed. I […]

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Krypton: The Complete First Season

I was happy to get a review copy of Krypton: The Complete First Season, because I’m always curious, with so many superhero/comic-related TV shows out there these days, to see what a show is doing differently to set itself apart. Unfortunately, Krypton is full of things that seem familiar and feel as though you’ve seen all this before. There’s a young, generically attractive hero (Seg-El, Superman’s grandfather, played by Cameron Cuffe), rebelling against a harsh, merciless ruling culture. As a […]

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Captain Marvel: More Boring Than Expected

I went to see the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie release, Captain Marvel, this morning. While there was a lot about the movie I intellectually appreciated — such as its focus on female friendship — emotionally, I was left cold. And quite often, bored, waiting to get to the next set piece. Typical of current blockbusters, there’s too much focus on action scenes that can be hard to follow, since they’re set in dark spaces. I’m rarely interested in Marvel’s […]

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Resident Alien Pilot Going to TV Series

Word came out last summer that Resident Alien, the comic book series by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, was getting a pilot at Syfy. Now publisher Dark Horse has announced the comedic drama has made it to series. Alan Tudyk will play the alien, Harry, who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth — ultimately asking the question, “Are human beings worth saving?” […]

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