2017 Story by J.M. DeMatteis and Ernie Altbacker
Screenplay by Ernie Altbacker
Directed by Jay Oliva
The animated world is in danger once again (stupid world, stop being in danger!) and only the Justice League can save them. No, not the normal Justice League, this is Justice League Dark! And Batman for some reason. That reason is money. Keep in mind this is Justice League Dark, not Justice League After Dark, that’s the porn version debuting on Cinemax next year! Just kidding. Or am I? Yes.
Now let’s get to an actual review and not string of consciousness awful jokes. Justice League Dark follows the loose continuity the animated films have had since they got rebooted with Flashpoint/Justice League: War, including voices (and Matt Ryan from the Constantine tv series voices John Constantine here!) This time the team isn’t able to handle the threat, as the threat is supernatural in nature, so we need a different kind of hero. Supernatural heroes for a supernatural threat. Mainly John Constantine (of Keanu Reeves movie fame) and Zatanna, the magician lady I’m vaguely familiar with. There are others heroes like Deadman, who I hadn’t really known much about, but a ghost as a super hero does make a certain amount of sense. Maybe Casper should stop being so friendly and start taking down crime syndicates! This time, the ghosts are busting YOU!
I enjoyed the change of focus of heroes despite Batman being included so he could grunt every time something spooky happens. (And he does, Gotham City must be showing a lot of Home Improvement reruns) Usually movies like this have a regular guy character who all the characters that are steeped into the universe can explain things too (and thus explain to the audience!), but as Batman already knows a lot of things, he doesn’t really fit that well in the role. Continue reading →
[adrotate banner=”1″]Lifetime takes a break from exploitative dramas and literary adaptations (that often double as exploitative dramas) to present an actual drama with Return to Zero. It features a couple that is shattered after a miscarriage, but then gets a second chance due to an unplanned pregnancy. It looks to edge closer to realism than crazy, but that can be good as well when done correctly. Return to Zero stars Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, and Kathy Baker, and is written and directed by Sean Hanish.
Based on a true story, Return to Zero, tells the story of a successful couple, Maggie and Aaron, who are preparing for the arrival of their first child. Just weeks before their due date they are devastated to discover that their baby son has died in the womb and will be stillborn.
The two attempt to go on with their lives but cannot escape their postpartum grief and their relationship has been forever altered by this loss. They try to cope in a myriad of ways– through denial, escape, and alcohol– but when Maggie discovers that Aaron is having an affair with a co-worker, she decides to end the marriage. Just when Maggie believes she has started a new life, she discovers that she is pregnant. With the help of an empathetic doctor who once experienced a similar loss, Maggie finally learns to grieve for her son and must reunite with Aaron to prepare for their second pregnancy.
Return to Zero premieres May 17th on Lifetime. And never fear, the incest crazy train Lifetime movies will return next week with Petals on the Wind, the sequel to Flowers in the Attic!
[adrotate banner=”1″]Yes, there is a live action The Sorcerer’s Apprentice movie coming out, starring Nicholas Cage, set in modern day New York City. Yep, the story of the guy who had his brooms do his chores that was in Fantasia. Modern day. Nic Cage. And Alfred Molina as an evil sorcerer. So we got Ghost Rider vs. Dr. Octopus here! Maybe if Nic Cage wears Mickey Mouse ears through the whole movie it will be cool. Jay Baruchel stars as Cage’s Apprentice, Teresa Palmer plays the Apprentice’s love interest, and Jon Turteltaub plays someone. No word on who plays the broom. re: Slashfilm