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Black Lagoon

Review: “Black Lagoon Complete Series Blu-ray” – Anime Painted Black

by macattackon April 8, 2016
Black Lagoon is one of those rare anime series that is more popular on American shores than in its native Japan. Over the years, there have been a lot of debates as to why Black Lagoon is one of the rare shows to join the small pantheon of anime like Cowboy Bebop and Trigun that have […]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Review: “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” Blu-ray Continues a Timeless Legacy

by Neo Yion April 5, 2016
Fellow nerds and pop cultural aficionado, I have a confession to make. I am a twenty-nine year old woman who never watched the original Star Wars trilogy until last December. That’s almost three decades of my life without Luke and Leia, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, lightsabers, and anything with the word “Jedi” or “The Force” […]

Powerpuff Girls 2016

Review: “Powerpuff Girls” Returns With A Different Charm

by Todd DuBoison April 4, 2016
In our reboot-loving age, it was inevitable: The Powerpuff Girls is the first Cartoon Network original to return to the airwaves once again in a new package, and not without reason. Craig McCracken’s creation set quite a award-winning standard to live up to, by virtue of the unapologetically silly adventures of its trio of pint-sized […]
The Peanuts Movie

Review: “The Peanuts Movie” – You’re Great in CGI, Charlie Brown!

by Ed Liuon March 15, 2016
There’s a scene in Charade when Audrey Hepburn’s character tells Cary Grant, “You know what’s wrong with you? Nothing.” That’s a perfect summation of how The Peanuts Movie updates the famous comic strip by Charles M. Schulz for modern audiences by changing nearly nothing about it. The execution of The Peanuts Movie is a perfect […]

Open Season: Scared Silly

Review: “Open Season: Scared Silly” – Scarily Unfunny

by Ed Liuon March 11, 2016
Open Season: Scared Silly is what you get when a film franchise originated as an animated star vehicle loses its stars. The original movie was little more than Aston Kutcher and Martin Lawrence playing themselves as a deer and a bear, but the two haven’t returned for the two prior sequels or for this new […]
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Review: “LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales” Hits Hyperspace; “Capture the Flag” Doesn’t

by Ed Liuon March 8, 2016
LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales appropriates the same irreverent sense of humor of the LEGO video games to retell the stories of the original and prequel trilogy movies, adding in a slight original story as a framing device. Like the video games, LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales eats its cake and has it too by […]

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Review: “The Boy and The Beast” is Clawed and Flawed, but Big and Warm

by Chad Boninon March 4, 2016
What separates man from animal, child from beast? As a young child, Ren finds himself orphaned and fearful of his future, so he escapes to Jutengai, the world of beast men and women. It is here he enters an apprenticeship with Kumatetsu, a bear with a goal of becoming lord over all he sees. Rechristened […]
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League Cosmic Clash

Review: “LEGO Justice League: Cosmic Clash” – Master Builders at Work

by Ed Liuon March 1, 2016
In my review of the last LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes DTV movie, I wished for more LEGO-centric twists mixed in with the self-consciously silly humor and stock supervillain plotting. Without delving into spoilers, I will say that there is a moment in the climax of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic […]

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Review: The 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

by slaion February 27, 2016
This year’s nominated animated shorts, presented by ShortsHD across the country and online, seem to have a darker tone than previous years, at least from when I started seeing them. In fact, one of them is strictly R-rated and has tons of warnings beforehand, so younger audiences can leave the theater. It is also screened […]
The Good Dinosaur

Review: “The Good Dinosaur” Blu-ray Makes Its Mark

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2016
Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is a “boy and his dog in the Old West” movie, except that the boy is a dinosaur and the dog is a boy. As a result, it lands squarely with Brave and Monsters University in the studio’s output as a well-done but very conventional movie, suffering only in comparison to […]