Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s Red Son!

The newest DC Universe Movie is bringing the superman from the 2003 Elseworlds story! It’s “Superman: Red Son” which answers the question of what if instead of landing at Kent’s farm instead he landed in mother RUSSIA! You’ll find out on Digital starting February 25, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 17, 2020! Superman fans will get to enjoy “Phantom Stranger” (voiced by Peter Serafinowicz of The Tick fame) and the mysterious Seth (voiced by Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum) and “Superman: Red Son” with the new DC Showcase animated short, “Phantom Stranger.” 

The team behind the “Phantom Stranger” includes Bruce Timm (“Batman: The Killing Joke”) as executive producer & director, and the short is written by Ernie Altbacker (“Teen Titans: The Judas Contract”). Set in the 1970s, the short follows young adult Jess as she joins her friends at a party in a dilapidated mansion hosted by the mysterious Seth. When odd things begin to happen to Jess and her friends, the Phantom Stranger intervenes to try and save her from a dreary fate. In addition to Serafinowicz and Rosenbaum, “Phantom Stranger” also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin, and Roger Craig Smith.

‘Spies in Disguise’ Review: Super Spy with all the best toys

You had me at Big Willy Smith

I didn’t realize I wanted a kid-friendly spy movie but that’s what I got in the new Christmas animated film “Spies in Disguise” that has more of a cohesive message than most live-action movies. 

The animated film from Blue Sky Studio that is known for it’s “Ice Age” films has left the ice age and gone tech in this kid-friendly spy movie that touches on war, tragedy, friendship and even a wolf needs his/her pack. The film is directed by Troy Quane and Nick Bruno, the screenplay was written by Lloyd Taylor and Brad Copeland and based on Lucas Martell’s short film Pigeon: Impossible.

The animated film from Blue Sky Studio that is known for it’s “Ice Age” films has left the ice age and gone tech in this kid-friendly spy movie that touches on war, tragedy, friendship and even a wolf needs his/her pack.

Lance Sterling (Will Smith) is the ultimate spy that can take down the bad guys without a sweat who does it alone under the order of Director Joy Jenkins (Reba McEntire) and the H.T.U.V. superspy tech division support team. Lance realizes things are a little off-kilter on his latest derring-do when his spy toys don’t work as usual. He learns the culprit is Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) who believes in a better way to get the bad guys and bring world peace. Lance meets his match in the evil villain Killian (Ben Mendelsohn) aka robot hand. Killian is a bad guy out for vengeance for a reason and personal vendetta with Lance. When Lance is framed he seeks out Walter all while being pursued by Mercy Kappel (Rashida Jones), Eyes (Karen Gillan), Ears (DJ Khalid), AND Killian in very exotic locations with the help of his trusty BMW that has more toys than 007. Once Lance is piegeoned he and Walter are out to clear his name, get the secret weapon, and turned back to man since it’s hard to karate chop Masi Oka (Katsu Kimura) with feathers.

I found the animated film funny and the message it sends to young kids that it’s OK to be weird, sometimes new is better, it’s better to have friends and family was delightful. This is a kids’ movie that can spark an interesting conversation but has enough humor for adults to enjoy as well. I found the movie charming and recommend it for families and animation fans to add to their ‘go see list’. Make sure you stay till the end for a little surprise.

I’m giving Spies in Disguise a B

Spies in Disguise

Directors: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane

Writers: Brad Copeland & Lloyd Taylor

Stars: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Ben Mendelsohn, Rashida Jones, Karen Gillan, Rachel Brosnahan, Katsu Kimura, DJ Khalid 

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1h 41m

Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review – death is only the beginning

SPOILER FREE

Everyone was invited to the goodbye party for the George Lucas Trilogy that expanded beyond all imagination with J.J. Abrams’s putting his stamp on the universe again.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Star Wars burst onto the screen and life has never been the same for fans rather Jedi, Empire or Rebel it has permeated our lives to animation, comic books, games, cosplay and (for some) a life philosophy.

I have been counting the days since they announced that this was the final chapter of the saga. I wasn’t sure what to expect after Disney took over and began to make it their own.

This final film was what I expected but still had surprises that I didn’t know I wanted but when I saw it filled my Jedi Rebel heart with joy. This is Rey’s movie. It’s her journey as she gets to know herself and place in the universe everyone else is along for the wild ride. BUT what a ride where everyone has a moment where we see into their souls or motivation. We get to say goodbye and hello again as the film returns to the beginning from when this entire universe began from our own George Lucas. We all realize we’re getting long in the tooth and aren’t the young hero anymore but that we still have our place with the rebels or empire or just trying to survive to keep our heads down and not come to the attention of the stormtroopers.

It’s a lot and some might say it’s stuffed but for me, a film that was a little over two hours that had so many stories to give closure to well J.J. did the job solidly. I mean as a fangirl I’d have cut some and focused on a few stories that have made me excited but I’m no Hollywood big wig so what do I know.

All that I can say is that it’s beautiful and follows along with the original films where Rey focuses on her Jedi training to take on the Sith Lord out to dominate the galaxy snatching freedom from those who’ve fought so hard. Rey, Finn, and Poe are the found family that holds the film together as it intertwines with beloved original characters handing the universe onto the next generation. At heart this is a story of hope and light through the darkness, love, and friendship intertwined, and how everyone (even a Jedi Knight) needs a support system. 

I didn’t love the film the way I love Star Wars (A New Hope) but I saw that as a child and with a kids’ eye and well Star Wars is for kids. Anyone complaining that this isn’t ‘their Star Wars’ is suffering from having an old soul. Nothing can remain to stagnate to keep living the heart must keep beating. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is keeping the universe beating showing a new generation of heroes and villains. It’s worth seeing in Imax, 3D and well on any screen, you can find it. I plan to see it a couple of more times so that I can focus on not only the main cast but supporting characters that all had their own stories to tell from a glimpse of LGBTQ representation (don’t blink) to the fact that we have Black, Asian, Latino, and other minorities surviving into the future <phew the race war was averted or maybe we won?>. This isn’t the Star Wars of my childhood 

Thanks, Imax for the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Tshirt I got seeing at AMC Century City

Cast: Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Carrie Fisher (General Leia Organa), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Naomi Ackie (Jannah), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Richard E. Grant (Allegiant General Pryde), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Keri Russell (Zoril Bliss), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Ian McDiarmid (Darth Sidious/Palpatine), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian)

Director: J.J. Abrams

Writer (Based on characters created by George Lucas

Writer (story by): Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams

Writer: Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams

Cinematographer: Dan Mindel

Editor: Maryann Brandon, Stefan Grube

Composer: John Williams

Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi, violence, and action

141 minutes

SEXY Santa Claus is BACK Xmas 2020

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are back for the sequel to Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles 2 is coming to Netflix for the 2020 holiday and I’m ready for the naughty list! I LOVED The Christmas Chronicles it was a hoot with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) bringing the meaning of the holidays to Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) who brought up some good points about B&E and his sister Kate (Darby Camp) who always believed.

The sequel will have a cynical teenage Kate Pierce who gets a visit from Santa Claus to save Christmas from Belsnickel who’s full of vinegar and puppy dog tails with a hint of magic out to destroy our favorite holiday season forever!

Netflix announced that Santa and Mrs. Claus are back with bells on and hot chocolate in a sequel to the charming 2018 holiday film! Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn will be back in red and reindeers in The Christmas Chronicles 2 with Chris Columbus as the co-writer, director and producer. The cast includes Darby Camp as Kate, Kimberly Williams Paisley as Claire and Judah Lewis as Teddy. New additions to the cast include Julian Dennison as Belsnickel, and Jahzir Bruno as Jack.

The sequel will be led by Chris Columbus who will direct and produce, alongside Mark Radcliffe and Michael Barnathan. The script is written by Matt Lieberman and Chris Columbus.

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The Knight Before Christmas Trailer

Who doesn’t want a Knight in shining armor?

I do have a weakness for fluffy Christmas movies and The Knight Before Christmas looks as fluffy as snow on a tree! I can’t wait for the new movie to premier this November 21st perfect to watch with a cup of hot cocoa and dreaming of my dream knight.

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Netflix with all the holiday cheer, romance and cartoons for anyone with a Grinch heart!

‘The Knight Before Christmas’: After a magical sorceress transports medieval knight Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) to present-day Ohio during the holiday season, he befriends Brooke (Vanessa Hudgens), a clever and kind science teacher who’s been disillusioned by love. Brooke helps Sir Cole navigate the modern world and helps him discover how to fulfill his mysterious one true quest — the only act that will return him home. But as he and Brooke grow closer, Sir Cole begins to wonder just how much he wants to return to his old life. Directed by Monika Mitchell (THE CHRISTMAS CONTRACT, ROYAL NEW YEAR’S EVE) and also starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, Isabelle Franca, Ella Kenion, and Jean-Michel Le Gal, THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a cozy holiday romance about learning to let yourself believe in magic again.