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Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Published in 1971, The Little Broomstick was memorable both for its feisty heroine and beautiful storytelling.  While sweeping up leaves with a small broom, Mary accidentally smears the broom in the juice of a fly-by-night flow...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Death Of Superman

If superhero movies were sandwiches then you’d probably take them back to the shop. Not very adventurous, with a thin daub of plot-jam, sold as a luxury product in an artisan SFX wrap. DC Universes’ animated features, however, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Early Man

You just know that any film which manages to squeeze in meteor strikes, the extinction of the dinosaurs, a nod to Ray Harryhausen, and the beautiful game, in the first five minutes, is going to be all right. But, with Early Man...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman Ninja

When Batman is caught in Gorilla Grodd’s Quake Engine time displacement machine, he arrives in feudal Japan only to discover that a host of super villains – including the Joker – have already installed themsel...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay

When it comes to superhero movies, story-lines aimed at both comic fans and adult audiences are a rare thing. Thankfully, if you’ve been following DC’s Animated Universe, you’ll know that what these releases lack in polish, the...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman: Gotham By Gaslight

For the last ten years, Warner Brothers have been adapting some of the very best graphic novels and comic runs into animated features which could teach Marvel a thing or two about story-telling. Issued under the label DC Animat...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman Vs. Two-Face

Sometimes you just have to let those old affiliations go. Marvel? DC? Star Wars? Star Trek? We geeks can be passionate about our preferences. But occasionally, just occasionally, something comes along that forces you to love it...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The LEGO Batman Movie

Remember the best thing about The LEGO Movie? No, not Everything Is Awesome (but, yes, that was awesome) but the real scene stealer? Chris Pratt did an able job of carrying the movie it was Will Arnett’s perfect gravel voiced p...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Phantom Boy

Andee has a Rule. He never watches a film or read a book without scrolling to end to make sure the conclusion is satisfying. Sounds crazy, right? But think about it. How many times have you invested in a film – two plus h...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Metropolis

Based on Osamu Tezuka’s comic book by the same name, Metropolis was the first Japanese animie after Akira to be as big over here as it was over there. Penned by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo and Directed by Rintaro, Metro...
 
 
 
 
 
 

LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood

It’s only been two years since the Lego Movie but the number of cinema- and straight-to-DVD Lego movies seems to be expanding exponentially. LEGO Batman, LEGO Justice League, LEGO Ninjago… and the latest addition to the franchi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders

These days our heroes seem to dress in nothing but dark tones. Which is perhaps why the breezy fun of Batman: Return Of the Caped Crusaders is so damn appealing. Batman has always been a hero for the ages: re-sculpted to suit t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only Yesterday

If you’re the type of person who likes to go into a movie blind – i.e. no prior knowledge of the plot, completely down for a spontaneous ride – then Only Yesterday is not for you. Though a sweet, subtle film about how reflectio...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman: The Killing Joke

Even if you haven’t read the graphic novel of Batman: The Killing Joke you will be familiar with it. Because Alan Moore’s seminal Batman story, first published in 1988, has, in one way or another, influenced almost every Batman...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wizards

Ralph Bakshi has often been labelled the ‘bad boy of animation’, and it’s easy to see why when perusing his oeuvre. The obscene Fritz the Cat alone is enough to shock even the most hardened animation fans. So when Bakshi announ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Norm Of The North

Norm (Rob Schneider) is smarter than the average bear. So, when he discovers that an unscrupulous property developer is trying to turn the Arctic wilderness into a luxury housing complex, he sets off to New York to throw a bear...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Anomalisa

For many Anomalisa director Charlie Kaufman is a Chinese puzzle box of a filmmaker. One who, once you have managed to unlock, is full of intricate portraits told in abstract yet familiar ways. But if you’re unable to unlock, an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Good Dinosaur

Like the hero of the film itself The Good Dinosaur has not had an easy journey. First announced by Pixar in 2009 the film was meant to be released in 2013 but with the third act of the film proving troublesome, directors leavin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Belleville Rendez-vous

Sylvain Chomet’s imaginatively surreal Belleville Rendez-vous is a drizzly, humorous and wholly original affair. Combining the Tour de France with the Mafia, and a charming personal journey situated within a glowing fictional m...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Songs of the Sea

Heartache and loss spur Songs of the Sea into action when one family’s happiness is shattered following mother, Bronaugh’s, disappearance immediately after giving birth to daughter Saoirse. Time doesn’t appear to have healed ol...