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Justice League vs. Teen Titans

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2016

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  • Title: Justice League vs. Teen Titans
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Justice League vs. Teen TitansThe latest home video release further exploring the characters and world introduced in Son of Batman sends the uncompromising Damian Wayne (Stuart Allan) to the Teen Titans in hopes that Robin may be able to learn teamwork and trust. Borrowing a little from Damien’s time with the Teen Titans prior to the New 52 reboot, writers Bryan Q. Miller and Alan Burnett choose to give their spin on a more classic Trigon (Jon Bernthal) story. As with the previous movies, the story lacks the Robin/Red Robin rivalry from the comics, but certainly entertains.

With both heroes and villains being possessed by a demon threatening to break into their world, Raven (Taissa Farmiga) reveals the truth about herself and her father to her teammates Beast Boy (Brandon Soo Hoo), Blue Beetle (Jake T. Austin), and Starfire (Kari Wahlgren). When Raven is captured and multiple members of the Justice League are possessed by Trigon it falls on Robin and the Teen Titans to save the day.

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – Season Six
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Pretty Little Liars - The Complete Sixth SeasonMuch like the Sixth Season of The Mentalist, Pretty Little Liars makes the unusual choice to break-up a single season into two separate parts with the first wrapping up the long-running mystery of the series and the second setting up the final season-and-a-half of new situations and newtrouble for our characters. The mid-season mark culminates in the (somewhat disappointing) reveal and capture of CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray) as A. It’s obvious that the show’s writers had chosen the character to be their villain early in the show’s run and chose to stick to their guns, but the lack of Cece’s impact in recent years made her choice an odd one six seasons into the series.

Highlights of the first-half of the season include each of the Liars struggling to deal with their captivity after being captured by A at the end of the previous season, the Liars going to prom, A turning Aria‘s (Lucy Hale) photography exhibit into another attack at the girls, and the Liars‘ search for evidence that Charles DiLaurentis is still alive (which leads to the revelation that Charles and CeCe are the same person).

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The Hateful Eight

by Alan Rapp on April 19, 2016

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  • Title: The Hateful Eight
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The Hateful EightThe Hateful Eight is neither the best nor least of writer/director Quentin Tarantino‘s oeuvre. Like most of his work, the film is highlighted by the mix of snappy dialogue and gruesome violence. And, sadly like much of his work, the film is hampered the filmmaker’s indulgences (such as shooting a film shot almost entirely in close-ups on a sound stage in 70mm simply because he felt like doing so) which don’t always serve the final product. The result is a film with terrific sequences, hampered by dark humor that doesn’t always find the right note, which eventually overstays it’s welcome.

The film begins with the chance encounter of a pair of bounty hunters (Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson) both fighting to get ahead of the oncoming blizzard. Before all is said and done the two men, along with one man’s bounty (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the carriage driver, and a host of other strangers, will all attempt to seek shelter from the storm in Minnie’s Haberdashery.

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Justice League: Cosmic Clash

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2016

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  • Title: LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Cosmic Clash
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Justice League: Cosmic ClashThe weakest of the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes straight-to-video movies to date, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash nevertheless provides its share of fun when Brainiac (Phil LaMarr) arrives on Earth with plans to shrink the planet and add it to his collection. When the ensuing battle gets Superman (Nolan North), Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), and Green Lantern (Josh Keaton) all trapped in the past, Batman (Troy Baker) will journey back to three different time periods, with the help of the Flash (James Arnold Taylor) and his Cosmic Treadmill, and remind his friends why they need to return to the present and help save their planet.

Batman’s entire time-jumping adventures are an inside joke to the events of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne mini-series which saw the Caped Crusader reborn in various forms such as a caveman and pirate.

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The Jungle Book

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2016

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  • Title: The Jungle Book
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The Jungle BookOriginally released in 1967 The Jungle Book may not have aged as well as some of the older Disney films, but the spirit and legacy of the film has lived on through countless films from Disney (and other animation houses) over the years. Several current filmmakers, including Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), credit the movie for getting them interested in animated filmmaking.

Re-released in 1978, I fond have memories of seeing the film in theaters, especially the musical sequence of “The Bare Necessities” sung by Mowgli (Bruce Reitherman) and Baloo (Phil Harris). It’s hard not to see the film’s influence in movies such as Robin Hood (which reused multiple character designs) and others years later particularly in The Lion King with its own animal jungle sidekicks singing a very similar philosophy about life.

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