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Movie Review: Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

1000427919BRDLEFO_14cd592In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind’s only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

The celebrity laden cast features primetime television stars Matt Lanter as Aquaman, Sam Witwer as Orm, Jason O’Mara as Batman, Christopher Gorham as Flash, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Sean Astin as Shazam, Sumalee Montano as Mera, Sirena Irwin as Queen Atlanna, and Harry Lennix as Manta.

frame-048147The latest DC Comics animated movie is an adaptation of the storyline that ran within the Justice League comic and Aquaman, with a lot of liberties taken as far as the details, and a much more condensed storyline. The result is an entertaining version, missing some of the “soul” of its source material, and just enough loose ends to make some irritated.

If you’ve watched any of the previous DC Comics animated films, this one follows much of the same style, formula, and the end results are similar. The acting at times is stiff, animation really cool, characterization a bit stilted, but for some reason it’s still very fun and entertaining. A nice fill in between big budget live action movies. It fills an itch not met by the television shows, or upcoming movie slate. It adapts popular stories, and gives us characters we might not see otherwise.

There’s issues here. Arthur accepts the fact he’s royalty and an Atlantean a bit too easy. Manta’s character is really changed So is Mera. But, it continues the nice thread of stories that began with Justice League: War and brings together the Batman series of movies into one cohesive animated universe.

Overall, the movie is a fun time, a bit violent with some swearing, earning its PG-13 rating, but good for young teens to check out and enjoy, or die-hard DC fans who are willing to overlook the various changes.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis might not be perfect, but it’s entertaining, and that’s what matters. Overall, it’s a welcome addition to the ever growing DC line-up of animated films and I’m looking forward to the next one, Batman vs. Robin.

Overall rating: 7.5

 

American Sniper Stays on Top. Guardians Drops to 2nd. Big Hero 6 Hangs on.

american-sniper-posterAmerican Sniper stayed on top of the box office this past weekend. The film earned an estimated $65.4 million in its fifth week. If the film keeps this up, there’s a good chance it’ll be the top domestic grossing film released in 2014.

With just a drop of 28% from the previous week American Sniper is the best second weekend hold ever for a movie that opened above $80 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy ended 2014 at the top of the domestic earnings for films released in 2014, but since The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has moved to the top spot, earning $334.3 million compared to Guardians‘ $331.2 million.

Big Hero 6 earned an estimated $676,000 bringing its domestic total to $217.4 million.

It’s three weeks until the first comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service opens in theaters.

X-Men: Apocalypse’s Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey

Director Bryan Singer surprised folks tonight by Tweeting up the casting of Storm, Cyclops, and Jean Grey for the next X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse.

Alexandra Shipp will be suiting up as Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, and Tye Sheridan as Cyclops.

Shipp is a singer/songwriter as well as actress. She is mostly known for the Nickelodeon show House of Anubis, and will be seen in the NWA biopic Straight Out of Compton.

Turner is known as Sansa Stark in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, and will play Mary Shelley in Mary Shelley’s Monster.

Sheridan most high profile role was in the movie Mud, and he’s also appeared on Last Man Standing.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to hit theaters in May 2016.

A trailer for Batman vs. Robin

Batman vs Robin 3D box artThe world is turned upside down when one of the world’s greatest super heroes – Batman – finds himself under attack by his own son in the newest DC Universe Original Movie – Batman vs. Robin. This all-new original film arrives April 14, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The deluxe edition also includes a Batman figurine in a gift set.

The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child but Damian Wayne is no ordinary child. Now bearing the mantle of Robin, he blazes a headstrong and sometimes reckless trail alongside his father, Batman. While investigating a crime scene, Robin encounters a mysterious figure, Talon, who leads him on a life-altering course through the depths of Gotham’s secret society, known as The Court of Owls. It’s a dangerous journey that will force Batman and Robin to face their most dangerous adversary, each other! Based on the #1 best-selling graphic novel, Batman: The Court of Owls, this action-packed caper is one that fans won’t want to miss!

Jason O’Mara and Stuart Allan reprise their roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Robin/Damian, respectively. Adding to the celebrity-laden voice cast is Jeremy Sisto as Talon, singer/songwriter/comedian Al Yankovic as The Dollmaker, David McCallum as Alfred, Grey Griffin as Samantha, Sean Maher as Nightwing, and Kevin Conroy as Thomas Wayne.

Blu-ray special features include:

  • Gotham’s City Secret: The Mythic Court of Owls – The Court of Owls is the secret society that directly connects the past of Gotham to the current city. Are they silent guardians that are the noble benefactors or are they the malevolent force that manipulates a city toward their grand design?
  • Talons of the Owl – If the Owls are the masterminds, their instruments of destruction are their assassins. Appropriately called The Talons, these warriors are designed to carry out the will of the Owls.
  • Batman Vs. Robin Audio Commentary
  • A Sneak Peak at Justice League: Gods & Monsters – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators and cast.
  • Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vau

The DVD includes the Justice League: Gods & Monsters sneak peak.

 

Batman vs. Robin will also be available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Target Ticket, Vudu, Xbox and others as well as video on demand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Nabs Two Critics Choice Awards

hr_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_46Things are looking up for Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy when it comes to this awards season. On Sunday, the movie nabbed two awards from the Critics Choice Awards.

The film won the Critics’ Choice awards for “Best Action Movie” and “Best Hair and Makeup.” Director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt took the stage to accept the award for Best Action Movie.

This is actually a big deal because the movie was nominated for an Oscar for “Best Hair and Makeup.” Could we see the movie walk away with Oscar gold?

The 87th Academy Awards airs on February 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

Demo-Graphics: Transformers

It’s Monday and that means another dive into Facebook‘s data. This week I thought I’d take a new look at Transformers who are gearing up for a major storyline in IDW Publishing‘s comics as well as tie-in toys from Hasbro.

The last time I looked at the Transformers was in 2013 and since then there’s been some massive changes in Facebook’s toolset that delivers a lot more data.I’ve broken down the data a few ways, but kept it focused on size of the universe and the gender of people who “like” the various terms. There’s a grand total stat where I looked at 128 different terms including character names, series, movies, toys, etc. Then, there’s a break down of specific terms. Finally, I have the gender break down of all of the characters.I think what’s interesting is that most of the percentages for women are in the 40% range, showing how genders like different things, but it’s all pretty consistent.Check out below for all of the various breakdowns.transformers facebook 1.19.15

American Sniper Stuns the Box Office

american-sniper-posterAmerican Sniper set a January record bringing in $90.2 million over the holiday weekend. The film is actually in its fourth week, and saw an expansion as far as how many theaters it was showing in. The previous record was held by Ride Along which earned $41.5 million and its the second highest amount for an R-rated movie. The recorded was The Matrix Reloaded with $91.8 million. This was also done without a 3D boost to its earnings, but an estimated $11.5 million was from IMAX which is a record for an R-rated film.

American Sniper‘s audience was 57 percent male and 63 percent over the age of 25. It received a rare “A+” CinemaScore.

In more comic related movie news, Big Hero 6 earned a little over $1 million over the weekend. Domestically the film has earned a little over $216 million. Internationally the film has earned a little over $212 million for a total of $428.3 million so far.

Everything Wrong With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

CinemaSins takes on everything wrong with 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a long one.

The Last: Naruto the Movie Premieres in 20 U.S. Cities in February

Naruto-TheLast-Movie07-posterVIZ Media and Eleven Arts will debut the highly anticipated seventh feature film in the Naruto Shippuden series in a limited theatrical engagement around the United States starting February 20, 2015. Anime fans and filmgoers nationwide have a very special opportunity to catch the epic, big-screen action of The Last: Naruto the Movie in over 20 cities, including New York, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and more!

The film will be presented with original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. The run time of the film is 112 minutes. Attendees also will receive a special commemorative NARUTO film poster (while supplies last). For additional information and to purchase tickets head here.

Cities confirmed to host THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE premiere screenings include:

 

State City Theater
AZ Tempe Harkins Theatres – Valley Art
CA Los Angeles Downtown Independent
CA Sacramento Tower Theater
CA San Diego Gaslamp 15 
CA San Francisco New People
CO Littleton Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Littleton
DC Washington Angelika Pop-Up
HI Honolulu Ward Stadium 16
MI Bloomfield The Maple Theater
MO Kansas City Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet
NJ Manville Manville 12 Plex
NM Albuquerque The Guild Cinema
NY New York Village East Cinema
OH Columbus Gateway Film Center
PA Pittsburgh Hollywood Theater
TX Dallas Angelika Film Center & Café – Dallas
TX Houston Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park
TX San Antonio Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Westlakes
UT Sandy Megaplex Theatres – Jordan Commons
VA Fairfax Angelika Film Center & Café – Mosaic
WA Seattle Grand Illusion

 

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