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Justice League Dark

Review: “Justice League Dark” Crafts a Potent Witch’s Brew

by Ed Liuon February 8, 2017
If you throw a bunch of mismatched stuff into a pot in a kitchen, sometimes you get an inedible mess and sometimes you get gumbo. Justice League Dark makes the ambitious choice to throw video game battle sensibilities, horror movies, and the mystic side of the DC Universe into a big pot and brews up […]
The LEGO Batman Movie

Review: “The LEGO Batman Movie” – Bet On Black (& Yellow)

by Grant Whiteon February 4, 2017
The LEGO Movie was a surprise hit in 2014, with no one expecting the witty, heartfelt tale laced with political commentary that we got. Who would have expected a film based on a toy line to be so critical of consumer culture? The film’s success led to the swift announcement of sequels and spin offs, […]

Review: “Summer Wars” Is a Digital Delight

by Neo Yion February 3, 2017
One of my fondest memories from my youth were the annual family reunions. As I stood and watched the nearly 30 – 40 people I was related to – whether through blood or marriage – I was overcome with a powerful sense of pride; “The Yi Clan” as I affectionately would say to myself. I haven’t […]

Review: Disney’s “Pinocchio” Signature Edition Brings Back a Timeless Tale

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison February 2, 2017
Today, the Walt Disney company has a well-established tradition of taking literary work and reinterpreting it for popular consumption with its own amicably creative twist, and the precedent for all of that began in 1940 with its second feature film Pinocchio. Based on Carlo Collodi’s 19th century children’s book The Adventures of Pinocchio, the movie […]

Blood Blockade Battlefront

Review: “Blood Blockade Battlefront” Has Potential Held Hostage

by macattackon February 1, 2017
Blood Blockade Battlefront is a title whose pedigree matters more to Western anime fans than to the nation it came from. After all, the manga is drawn and written by Yasuhiro Nightow, renowned in the West for creating Trigun and to a lesser extent Gungrave, both of which had much more impact on our shores than in their […]
Adventure Time: Islands

Review: “Adventure Time: Islands” Offers Closure for Finn and Fans

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison January 30, 2017
Adventure Time: Islands is the second 8-part miniseries for Cartoon Network’s venerable franchise following the highly successful Stakes in the seventh season. Long-time fans will find Islands richly rewarding on many fronts. Just as Stakes offered both backstory and closure for fan-favorite character Marceline, Islands does the same for lead character Finn the Human. Season […]

Ronja the Robber's Daughter

Review: “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter” Mostly Robs Your Time

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2017
My review of Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter could begin and end with the statement that I couldn’t get through all 13 screener episodes of the show that Amazon Studios sent over to us, even after multiple attempts. The anime series from Studio Ghibli and Saltkråkan (the Astrid Lindgren company) looks extremely impressive in its pedigree […]
Voltron Legendary Defender

Review: Grander Adventure Awaits in “Voltron Legendary Defender” Season 2

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison January 19, 2017
The first thing to understand about season 2 of Voltron Legendary Defender is that it’s really a second season in name only. Rather than something akin to a new chapter or a book in what has been a very plot-driven show, it’s a straightforward continuation that picks up exactly where the first left off. That’s […]

Long Way North

Review: “Long Way North” – Short Version: Terrific

by Ed Liuon January 18, 2017
Long Way North (Tout en haute du monde) is a lyrically beautiful, engrossing, old-school adventure tale that sends a cosseted young girl on a journey of personal growth in one of the most unforgiving environments on Earth. Long Way North compares very favorably with Disney’s Moana, with the two films driven by daring lead characters […]
Sailor Moon Crystal

Review: “Sailor Moon Crystal” – When Efficiency Doesn’t Pay

by Chad Boninon January 12, 2017
She is the once and forever guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. More than two decades after her inception, the pretty soldier has returned in the animated series Sailor Moon Crystal, the 2010 revival of the Sailor Moon franchise that strives to adapt Naoko Takeuchi’s original comic book world more accurately, while updating it with […]