Here’s Lindsey Stirling with the official video for “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

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Justice League Action – Party Animal

by Alan Rapp on December 5, 2018

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  • Title: Justice League Action – Party Animal
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Justice League Action - Party Animal television review

The holiday-themed “Party Animals” gives us a look at the Justice League at Green Arrow‘s (Chris Diamantopoulos) Christmas party. Even Batman (Kevin Conroy) makes an appearance, when the Flash (Charlie Schlatter) learns that the Dark Knight’s attendance is all the Emerald Archer wants for the holiday and decides to kidnap Batman at super-speed. The party is interrupted by the appearance of Plastic Man (Dana Snyder) who brings the tranked-out Solomon Grundy (Fred Tatasciore), captured earlier in the episode, as his guest. Grundy’s outburst, and the sequence of events which follow offer the true meaning of the holiday. Green Arrow’s insistence on letting the events play out even earns him some appreciation from Batman (and what more could Ollie ask for?).

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Green Book

by Alan Rapp on December 4, 2018

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  • Title: Green Book
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Green Book movie reviewUnlikely friendships are a well-mined trope in feature film. Just such a relationship is at the heart of Green Book starring Viggo Mortensen as an Italian thug and driver hired by a talented African-American pianist (Mahershala Ali) for a musical tour through the South. Getting its name from the book of hotels who will rent rooms to Blacks, Green Book offers the expected lessons in culture clash and gradual respect between its lead characters who learn from each other during their time on the road.

Although based on real events, the story follows the expected Hollywood script as Tony (Mortensen) and Dr. Shirley (Ali) bond on the road over their, mostly cute and/or innocuous, arguments and disagreements. Despite dealing racism, both blatant and subtle, Green Book never dives too deeply into the subject as to upset its crowd-pleasing dynamic. The result is a safe and predictable film that still delivers a solid story blustered by its two lead performances as Mortensen and Ali play well off one another. The film includes a large cast of those met on the road, but Linda Cardellini (as Tony’s wife back home) proves to be the only stand-out, and even her inclusion feels plot-driven as a necessary witness to the effect Dr. Shirley has on her husband.

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Daredevil – A New Napkin

by Alan Rapp on December 4, 2018

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  • Title: Daredevil – A New Napkin
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Daredevil - A New Napkin television review

Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) has won. With the charges against him wiped away, anyone who could do damage to him has been killed or discredited. And with the FBI firmly under his thumb, the Kingpin prepares for his wedding. With Fisk’s victory all but complete, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) plans on attacking the Kingpin on his wedding day and putting down the villain for good. To do so means on relying on the help of Poindexter (Wilson Bethel) who Daredevil has just the right leverage to push over the edge and aim straight towards Fisk. Meanwhile, one last chance at taking Fisk down legally falls directly into the laps of Foggy (Elden Henson) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) with a dying confession by Ray Nadeem (Jay Ali) that can unravel the Kingpin’s entire operation.

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  • Title: Carol Danvers
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Here’s a longer look at Brie Larson as Carol Danvers in a very Hal Jordan-ish origin about a test pilot granted powers beyond imagination and drafted into an alien space force. Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Lee Pace, and Gemma Chan also star. The film opens in theaters on March 8th.

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