• The Sleepover

    The Sleepover

    ★★★

    Bland but not terrible kids' action movie. In this world of heists, secret passages, black ops, witness protection program lunacy, the least believable thing is a teenager in 2020 who knows how to use the Dewey Decimal System.

  • To The Stars By Hard Ways

    To The Stars By Hard Ways

    ★½

    Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode 010

    You've got to at least consider the possibility that the reason this film is so incoherent is because this edit is at least an hour shorter than the feature version. That said, that doesn't quite excuse the awful FX or bizarre imagery. The host segments are good in this one.

  • Batman: Death in the Family

    Batman: Death in the Family

    ★★★★

    The Great Superhero Watch.

    DC definitely picked the right storyline for their first experiment with an interactive movie. A Death in the Family is infamous for the way in which Robin died -- not that he was murdered by the Joker, but because it was decided by a 1-900 number fan vote. Here we get not just two, but four possible outcomes to Jason Todd's fateful confrontation with the Joker. The "main" one is probably the least interesting, as it's…

  • We Can Be Heroes

    We Can Be Heroes

    ★★★½

    The Great Superhero Watch.

    When an alien invasion fleet captures all the world's superheroes, it's up to their children to save the day. For a superhero kids' movie, this is pretty good. It's pretty on-the-nose and the twists are telegraphed so much that Daredevil could see them coming, but the visuals are very strong and the child actors are very good at what they do. There's a mix of silver age goofiness and modern kid flicks that are satisfying enough…

  • Superman: Man of Tomorrow

    Superman: Man of Tomorrow

    ★★★½

    The Great Superhero Watch.

    After the DC animated universe closed off in Justice League Dark: Apokalips War, the question about this film seemed to be whether or not this movie was intended to launch a new continuity or if it was a standalone. As far as I can tell, there still hasn't been confirmation as to whether there will be a universe built around this film, but it certainly feels like that's the intent. Instead of just retelling Superman's origin…

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    ★★★½

    The Great Superhero Watch.

    There's a lot to like about this movie, even if it doesn't entirely live up to its potential. The attempt to turn this X-Men spinoff into more of a horror movie than a superhero film is a good one, and perfect for the comic book story which provided the inspiration. The problem is that a slow burn is great for a horror movie, but terrible for a superhero movie, and the blend is uneven. It takes…

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★★★

    The Great Superhero Watch.

    Where the first Wonder Woman took many of its tonal cues from the first Richard Donner Superman movie, Wonder Woman 1984 takes its cues from Superman III: a kind of silly opening sequence, a plot steeped in white-collar crime turned to supervillainy, and so much 80s flavor you'll want to put on your Girbaud jeans and chug a Tab while you watch it. The difference here is that, unlike Superman III, Wonder Woman 1984 is a…

  • A Creepshow Holiday Special

    A Creepshow Holiday Special

    ★★★★

    Silly, ridiculous, absurd story that had me laughing the entire time. Definitely a future holiday classic.

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    ★★★★½

    Darkly magnificent and original retelling of a classic story. Guy Pearce is fantastic, and Andy Serkis is brilliant, as per usual.

  • A Christmas Cancellation

    A Christmas Cancellation

    ★★½

    An interesting premise that can't quite support the running time.

  • Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical

    Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical

    ★★★½

    If nothing else, this does NOT have a stupid, bloated, tacked-on backstory, which makes it superior to certain versions of this story I could mention.

  • Full Size

    Full Size

    ★★★★

    Wonderfully self-referential Halloween short.