Category Archives: Movies

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War – Big Game Spot

Choose your side with the latest preview for Marvel‘s Captain America: Civil War, in theaters May 6!

VIZ Media’s Naruto Feature Film Catalog Launches On Steam

VIZ Media brings the action and excitement of Naruto to Steam, a leading interactive content delivery platform by software company, Valve Corporation.

All 10 full-length feature films from the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden story arcs are available (English dubbed) for purchase and rental on Steam in the U.S. and Canada, including:

  • NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW
  • NARUTO THE MOVIE: LEGEND OF THE STONE GELEL
  • NARUTO THE MOVIE: GUARDIANS OF THE CRESCENT MOON KINGDOM
  • NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE
  • NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BONDS
  • NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: THE WILL OF FIRE
  • NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: THE LOST TOWER
  • NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BLOOD PRISON
  • ROAD TO NINJA: NARUTO THE MOVIE
  • THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE

For a limited time only, a special promotional price will be available on the movies.

Steam is a leading content platform with thousands of titles and millions of members. Through Steam, fans can easily buy, play, share, modify, and build communities around Valve products as well as titles from other independent studios. Steam is available in 237 countries and 21 different languages. Since March 2015, Steam has also added more than 100 film titles, with more coming soon.

In the Naruto manga and animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. He’s done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. Naruto Shippuden begins two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to find that everyone has been promoted up the ninja ranks – except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja, Gaara’s advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi…well he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realizes that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus, the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realizes that nothing in his universe is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?Naruto-TheMovie-Header616x353

Movie Review: Batman: Bad Blood

1000516208BRDLEFO_d53df2cWhen Batman goes missing, it will take the entire Bat “family” – including new additions Batwoman and Batwing – to keep the peace in Gotham City and unravel the mystery behind the Dark Knight’s disappearance.

Batman: Bad Blood is the latest animated film in Warner Bros.’ series of movies and this one brings together the full Bat Family and then some. Batwoman, Nightwing, Robin, Batwing, they’re all here dealing with the missing Bruce Wayne/Batman.

The story as far as I know is original, though there’s some elements from some comic stories that stick out. What really stands out, beside the solid animation and action, is that each member of the Bat Family has their own personality and style that really makes them unique. Their delivery of lines, the way they fight, their general attitude, it’s all really unique, and each character is given more than enough time on their own to shine.

While Batwing comes in later and is a little underused, there’s a lot of history given to the character. Nightwing has the smart ass remarks, though he matures a bit as the movie progresses. Who really shines is Kate Kane/Batwoman who is really at the center of the film. She’s given a lot of personal time, fleshing out her personal life, and that includes dating.

What really comes out of Batman: Bad Blood is my want of a Batwoman animated feature.

The movie is really good and entertaining with some twists and turns that are fun, not predictable, just really solid animation. Out of all of the DC Comics animated films so far, this one stands out as my favorite so far.

Overall Rating: 8.8

Kung Fu Panda 3 Debuts on Top, Crushing the Competition

Kung Fu Panda 3Kung Fu Panda 3 debuted in first place this weekend earning an estimated $41 million. That’s the largest January opening of all-time. Other debuts this weekend didn’t fair nearly as well. The Finest Hours came in fourth place earning an estimated $10.3 million, Fifty Shades of Black opened in ninth and earned $6.2 million, Jane Got a Gun opened in 17th with $803,000, 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films earned $505,000 for 21st, and Rabin, the Last Day was 40 with $7,854.

Overall, the box office was up compared to last year with holdover films not dropping much from the previous week. In second place was The Revenant which earned an estimated $12.4 million and in third was Star Wars: The Force Awakens which added $10.78 million to its total. Rounding out the top five was Ride Along 2 which earned an estimated $8.3 million.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to rake in the cash with it crossing the $900 million mark domestically in the next week as well as crossing the $2 billion mark globally in that same time frame. The film is sitting in third in worldwide earnings (not adjusted) and is about $200 million from moving in to second and $800 million from toppling Avatar from the top spot. There’s a good chance it’ll move in to second, but first is quite a march with some tougher competition coming down the road.

Justice League vs. Teen Titans Trailer

JLTT BD Deluxe 3The demonic forces of Trigon infiltrate the minds and bodies of the Justice League, turning the veteran super heroes against their youthful counterparts in the all-new DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on April 12, 2016 on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. Order due date is March 8, 2016.

Justice League vs. Teen Titans will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96 SRP, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP, and DVD for $19.98 SRP.  The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include all components of the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with an exclusive Robin figurine in a numbered, limited edition gift set. Fans can also own Justice League vs. Teen Titans in Digital HD on March 29, 2016 via purchase from digital retailers.

Justice League vs. Teen Titans welcomes the Teen Titans to the ever-expanding canon of classic DC Comics characters within the DC Universe Original Movies. When Damian’s over-aggressive tendencies almost destroy a Justice League mission, he is sent to learn teamwork by training alongside the Teen Titans. However, adjusting Damian’s attitude turns out to be the least of the Teen Titans’ troubles as Raven’s satanic, world-conquering father Trigon begins an escape from his inter-dimensional prison. To complete his return, Trigon must have Raven’s assistance – and to accomplish his goal, he spreads his demonic forces across the globe, infiltrating the minds and bodies of the Justice League to do his bidding. To save the universe and prevent a literal hell on Earth, the Teen Titans must rescue – or defeat – the Justice League, and intern Trigon for all eternity.

The voice cast for Justice League vs. Teen Titans includes several actors reprising their recent Justice League roles – Jason O’Mara (Complications, Terra Nova) as Batman, Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me) as Superman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as Cyborg and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as Flash. Sean Maher (Firefly/Serenity, Batman: Bad Blood) also returns as Nightwing, as does Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin) as Robin/Damian. Making their Teen Titans voiceover debuts are Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, Wicked City) as Raven, Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place, The Fosters) as Blue Beetle, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series) as Beast Boy and Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb, Legion of Superheroes) as Starfire. Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Daredevil) takes the villainous center stage as Trigon.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Justice League vs. Teen Titans is directed by Sam Liu from a screenplay by Bryan Q. Miller and Alan Burnett based on a story by Miller. James Tucker is Supervising Producer. Burnett is also co-Producer. Sam Register is Executive Producer.

Justice League vs. Teen TitansEnhanced Content

DVD

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie.

Blu-ray Combo Pack

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie.
  • Featurette – “Growing Up Titan” – The Teen Titans have fascinated readers for over 50 years due in part to their stories of valor, as well as earning empathy with comic book readers during their own trials growing up into adulthood.  This documentary spotlights the importance of young voices in the DC Comics mythology, giving generations of readers a team of heroes that mirror their own life experiences.
  • Featurette – “Heroes and Villains – Raven” – She is the daughter of one of DC Comics’ greatest villains, the demon Trigon.  Raven is a powerful telepath who uses her soul-self as a means for astral projection.  She is integral to the Teen Titans.  This documentary is her story.
  • Featurette – “Heroes and Villains – Trigon – The most fearsome and evil opponent the Teen Titans have encountered is this inter-dimensional demon.  Trigon uses his immortality to shape worlds and exact his control.   This documentary introduces the character and how he raises the stakes for the Teen Titans.
  • From the DC Comics Vault– Two Classic Episodes of DC Comics cartoons

Deadpool’s Marketing Gets Better and Better

There’s something that’s been absolutely brilliant about the Deadpool marketing, and it seems to get better and better the closer the film gets to release in February.

Sequart’s Image Comics Documentary Released Through Shout! Factory

Image Revolution Shout FactorySequart Organization and Respect Films have announced that Shout! Factory has picked up their documentary, The Image Revolution, for distribution!

The Image Revolution examines one of the most important and daring moves in comic book history. In 1992, a group of top-tier artists left Marvel Comics to create their own company… a company that continues to influence mainstream comics and culture to this day. Image Comics was more than just a publisher, it was a response to years of creator mistreatment, and it changed comics forever.

The Image Revolution tells the story of Image Comics, from its founders’ work at Marvel, through Image’s early days, the ups and downs of the ’90s, and the publisher’s new generation of properties like The Walking Dead. It’s the amazing account of a dynamic group of upstart comics entrepreneurs battling against not only major companies, but sometimes each other.

You can order your copy today.

The Revenant Comes Out on Top While Star Wars Moves up to Second

revenant-leoThe Revenant topped the box office this past weekend earning an estimated $16 million. The previous week it came in second. Star Wars: The Force Awakens moved up to second earning an estimated $14.257 million, and last week’s champ Ride Along 2 dropped to third earning an estimated $12.96 million. Three new entries filled fourth, fifth, and sixth place. Dirty Grandpa debuted with $11.525 million, The Boy earned $11.26 million, and The 5th Wave was sixth with $10.7 million.

The box office was down compared to the same weekend last year, and that may have been due to the blizzard hitting a lot of the East Coast.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nearing $900 million domestically. After this weekend it has earned $879.3 million, and in foreign markets its earned $1.06 billion for a grand total of $1.94 billion.

While the film is the top domestic grosser (not adjusted) of all time, it still has a while to go to take that title worldwide. It currently sits at third and is about $247 million shy of moving in to second place. It’d need $849 million more to move in the top spot.

A New Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice TV Spot

Zack Snyder‘s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theaters March 25, 2016.

Sunday Roundtable: Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe Doomed to Collapse?

Sundays are known for folks gathering around tables on television and pontificating about some of the hottest topics out there, offering their expertise. We bring that tradition to Graphic Policy as the team gathers to debate in our Sunday Roundtable.

On tap this week?

We discuss this article and ask if the Marvel Cinematic Universe doomed to collapse?

Daphne: It’s interesting but it doesn’t really discuss WHY the MCU is unsustainable or what people are saying that lead them to this conclusion. If it substantiated its argument with corresponding drops in ticket sales or negative movie reviews that’d be one thing. But I think the only real difference between the MCU and other movie franchises is how quickly new movies come out.

I could see Marvel scaling back to one movie a year for a while if they had to. But articles like this are a dime a dozen, it’s like somebody just swapped “the superhero genre” with the MCU. People were predicting the fall of comic book movies back in 2011 or so, after all.

Troy: That is true, and I find the comparison between the fall of shield and the upcoming civil war a bit of a stretch. (but this remains to be proven) That said I’ve had a longstanding concern about the narrative falling prey to the productive cycle of the studio. The best stories are well thought out and have a set terminus. What happens if we continue to get post credit stinger after post credit stinger? One thing I do agree on though is that whatever happens they’ll be sitting on a mountain of money

Daphne: I do feel like post-credit sequences should either have more context or be totally unrelated, but not mandatory for knowing what movie is up next. The number of people saying “who is that?” when we saw Thanos at the end of the first Avengers movie was way too high. Totally disconnected stingers like Howard the Duck work as fun in-jokes, so I don’t mind those, but when they confuse everyone (Thanos) or just make the audience mad (Ant-Man’s scene with the Wasp suit Janet should have had to become with) they probably should just be bonus features on a DVD or something.

Troy: LOL! Oh man, that made me feel so important though….I had like 7 people twist their necks looking at me, ready to ask who that was. I get your point though. I’d actually love to see an out of the blue post-credit.

Ryan: Bring on the demise — these flicks are dull, formulaic, and creatively bankrupt already. Then again, the “Big Two” publishers have been producing books that are all those things for three or four decades and, despite an ever-dwindling readership, they seem to show no signs of wanting, or even knowing how, to stop. Marvel’s flicks are a celluloid assembly-line product at this point, but if that’s what people want, then they’ll continue to be financially viable. I would expect that they probably plateaued with the fist Avengers movie, but even marginally less successful Marvel flicks like Ant-Man have turned a nice profit for Disney, so — much as I would celebrate the end of the MCU and dance (heck, maybe more than dance) on its grave, I think they’ve got another 10-15 years before the fumes sputter out completely.

Brett: My issue is the movies will run in to a continuity issue much like the comics. They’ll get weighed down in the myth and what’s come before. Unfortunately the only way to get around that is to make small groups of stories, but then that’d involve rebooting with new actors and we see the pushback about that with Spider-Man or Batman.

Madison: I think part of the problem they’re going to run into as well is that audiences aren’t going to wait around forever for movies to catch up with what they want. Obviously the movies shouldn’t turn into three hours of pandering, but waiting for a female superhero movie has been one long exercise in frustration. At risk of sounding like one of ~those~ articles, I actually wrote about this a while ago.

Daphne: Yeah, the MCU isn’t allowed to collapse until we actually see some decent female characters.

Brett: Amen. I’d love to see a spy flick with Black Widow.

Brett: I’m wondering if the smart move is to do more like Jessica Jones where it’s all set in the same world, but isn’t deeply connected, but has references and easter eggs for fans.

Troy: That’s the logical evolution I think…..Instead of the whole phase structure….think of it in multiple tracks…..Marvel Noir….Marvel Magic et cetera….

Brett: Blade!

As long as we get Blade back.

Alex: I’d love to see Moon Knight.

Troy: I’ll take Both!

Daphne: Speaking of, even if the MCU collapses Marvel is absolutely killing it with their miniseries. I can take or leave Age of Ultron (actually I’ll just leave it) but Jessica Jones and Daredevil have been phenomenal.

Madison: I would love more than anything for She-Hulk to show up in Daredevil.

Brett: Madison: She’d be awesome to see. Even as a wink in a case where she’s the opposing lawyer or something.

Madison: Ideally I’d love to see a full on Law & Order type procedural, but I’m not banking on it

Brett: That’d be the ideal, but I’m with you. I expect the next round of tv shows we’ll see Punisher, Moon Knight, Patsy Walker possibly.

Madison: Moon Knight and Hellcat would both be great.

Brett: I’m trying to think of some other cool noir street level like characters that’d be cool. I’d kill for a Heroes for Hire series with Misty Knight in charge. You could make it an anthology and have so many characters introduced.

Daphne: She-Hulk is my favorite and I really hope we at least get some references to her. She’d add so much to the new rounds of shows. I also really want to see Hellcat now that we’ve been getting hints of her.

I’m also hoping for Marvel to get so desperate for ideas a few years from now that we get an MCU-connected Squirrel Girl series. They could leverage her as a more kid-friendly Deadpool type in terms of comedic writing and make some serious bank.

Brett: I’d think Squirrel Girl would work so much better as an animated show. I just can’t imagine it looking decent live action, but I could be wrong. I have seen good cosplay of the character though.

Daphne: It’d be best as animation for sure.

Madison: Squirrel Girl is a gift to humanity and the team behind it is great.

Troy: Thinking about it now, cinematically Marvel’s strength in continuity becomes its weakness (progressively) in some respect. I think to DC Animation how they have free reign to crank out whatever stories they want, without the confines of continuity, and people still eat it up and enjoy it. Even their live action television adn movie productions can survive multiple iterations and versions because multiple worlds have always been a firm element in DC’s architecture. That freedom can be explained and explored within the rules of their own canon.

Brett: I really think if DC was smart that’s how they’d leap ahead of Marvel. You can have Supergirl, Arrow, the Flash, Gotham, Constantine, and also Man of Steel and the movie versions. They can all exist and come together in some Crisis film.

Troy: Oh man how epic would that be! That would set DC about for sure…just keep Ryan Reynolds away from the Green Lantern. And take that stupid gun away from Batman.

Brett: Troy, But you can have Ryan Reynolds too! Plus whomever is the new Green Lantern. And have Bale’s Batman and Keaton’s. Bring it all together!

Troy: Brett, this is true! can’t help but noticed the Clooney snub haha

Brett: And Clooney and Kilmer, hell both Reeves would be awesome, plus Smallville and Slater’s Supergirl. Bring it all in one epic film. Shit, if they’re feeling gutsy have animated versions too.

Troy: That would be bold for sure, of course most adaptations are constrained but i’d love to see whatever plot devices they use to explain all that. I read an article hinting that Dr. Strange will introduce time travel to the MCU. Perhaps that could stand to fix some of the things we’ve mentioned?

Brett: Would be one way to solve some issues. Then again time travel has only messed up the comics universe.

Troy: Fury’s Vibranium Cube….the Infinity Stones….I loves me a good plot generator

Troy: Brett, Keaton Batman would kick all subsequent Batmen’s behinds…….and say “I’M BATMAN” after each one. If this discussion inspires some creative Fan-Fic….I’d say we’ve done right

Alex: I’d love to see a movie Batman battle royal. That would be fantastic.

Troy: I remember rolling my eyes and groaning loudly during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series when Agent May said telepaths don’t exist

Ryan: A big problem that I have with the MCU now is that they’ve achieved some sort of critical mass where the films themselves don’t even exist per se, they just spend equal amounts of time referring back to old shit and plugging the next three or four flicks. Can anyone name anything that happened in Age Of Ultron that wasn’t either a continuity reference or grist for the sequel mill?

Madison: Nothing happened in Age of Ultron other than bad characterization and about four half baked plot lines.

Daphne: Things happened in Age of Ultron?

Don’t get me wrong. I like a lot of MCU stuff but Ultron is not on that list.

Brett: Age of Ultron felt like all it was doing was setting up the next phase. It was the middle chapter that doesn’t stand on its own.

Alex: Honestly, both the Avengers movies had exactly what I expected n terms of characterization, but then I wasn’t really anticipating much.

Brett: Alright, great discussion folks and thank you Troy for posting the article and kicking it off. Now what do you readers have to say? Sound off in the comments below!

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