Zootopia – Zootopia (aka Zootropolis in Europe) is the big city where all the other animals have come to live together, both predator and prey, after they evolved into a working civilized society. Judy Hopps, a rabbit, has always dreamed of becoming a police officer and quickly becomes the first rabbit to join the force. Eager to prove that she’s a real police officer and not just meter maid, Judy with the help of a con artist fox, Nick Wilde, go in search of a missing otter that leads to a conspiracy of missing predators all across Zootopia. While watching, make sure you pay attention to the movies being sold by the weasel (a great Disney joke to upcoming movies) and to the newscaster as the animal changes in various regions around the world. Stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, Shakira, Bonnie Hunt, Nate Torrence, Alan Tudyk, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, and Kristen Bell. Rated PG.
Check out our review of Zootopia!
Hail, Caesar! – Hail, Caesar! is the newest quirky comedy by the Coen brothers. We will warn you that the trailer for Hail, Caesar! pretty much lies about what the movie is really about. The trailer makes it look like all the movie stars are going to work together to rescue a kidnapped Baird Whitlock from the hands of “The Future,” but that’s not the case at all. The real plot of Hail, Caesar! is this: Eddie Mannix (who is based on a real person) is a “fixer” that runs Capitol Pictures and does his best to keep the studio running smoothly and the movie follows him on a day in the life of having to deal with the challenges of Hollywood. This includes dealing with directors, miscast actors, trying to hide scandals, and more. When Baird Whitlock is kidnapped off the set of the religious epic “Hail, Caesar!” by a group of disgruntled communist writers for $100,000 random. Eddie Mannix tries his best to keep the kidnapping underwraps and out of the tabloids while still trying to solve the other problems of the studio. The plot with Baird Whitlock is actually just a small portion of the overall movie and it follows more Eddie Mannis than anything else. I think it’s more the Coen Brothers excuse to make 6 different types of movies at once then anything else. Stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Alison Pill, Veronica Osorio, Emily Beecham, Max Baker, Christopher Lambert, Fred Melamed, Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens, Alex Karpovsky, Clancy Brown, Robert Picardo, Dolph Lundgren, and Michael Gambon. Rated PG-13.
You can listen to our review of Hail, Caesar! in this episode of the podcast:
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay made a movie about the terrorist attack at Benghazi, Libya where a United States Ambassador is killed at US Compound while an understaffed security force tries to protect the trapped staff. This is supposedly “a true story” but Michael Bay has been criticized on the authenticity of the events. Stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Toby Stephens, and Freddie Stroma. Rated R.
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 6 – The sixth season of the hit TNT crime drama, available the day after the seventh and final season begins on TNT. Not Rated.
The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 – The first first season of the MTV adaptation of The Shannara series of novels. The first season comes with 10 episodes and MTV has renewed it for a second season. This adaptation makes no secret that while there are magic and monsters, this series is set on Earth in the future after some sort of disaster that brings in magic. Not Rated.
Rick and Morty: Season 2 – The second season of Rick and Morty, the popular Adult Swim cartoon that’s a parody of Doc Brown and Marty from Back to the Future taken to the ultimate extreme. The set comes with all 10 episodes of season 2. Not Rated.
Steven Universe: Volume 2: The Return – Just to be confusing, Cartoon Network calls this “volume 2” but has 12 episodes from both seasons 1 and 2. It has Steven and the Gems on their missions to save the world. It comes with episodes: Mirror Gem, Ocean Gem, Space Race, Lion 3: Straight to Video, Warp Tour, Along Together, On The Run, Marble Madness, Rose’s Scabbard, The Message, The Return, and Jailbreak. Not Rated.
Boy and the Beast – Personally, The Boy and the Beast has been one of my favorite movies of the year so far and I highly recommend it. The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko) is the the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda (director of Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and others). A young runaway orphan Kyuta is living on the streets of Shibuya when he’s discovered by Kumatetsu, a warrior beast bear, who is in search of an apprentice. The master of the Jutengai, the world where animals live like humans, wants to retire to reincarnate to become a God and has two likely successors in Kumatetsu and Iozen. Iozen already has several apprentices but Kumatetsu has none and suggests that if he wants to succeed him, Kumatetsu needs one. Because Kumatetsu is so gruff, ill-mannered, and tough, he hasn’t been able to retain any. Kyuta decides to follow Kumatetsu to the world of Jutengai and become his apprentice. Together they learn to become better and form a surrogate father and son relationship. They must work together to overcome great challenges both in Jutengai and the human world. The dub cast is fantastic and includes former guest Ian Sinclair and Chuck Huber, and soon to be guests (as soon as we post the episodes) Morgan Berry and Austin Tindle. Dub cast stars Luci Christian, Eric Vale, John Swasey, Bryn Apprill, Monica Rial, Ian Sinclair, Sean Hennigan, Austin Tindle, Morgan Berry, Josh Grelle, Brittney Karbowski, Jessica Cavanagh, Chuck Huber, and Steve Powell. Rated PG-13.
Check out Krista’s review of the movie, as well as our review on the podcast.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – Another great Mamoru Hosoda movie, though a rescue license with a new set. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is loosely based off of a Japanese novel of the same name, about a high school girl who gains the power to jump back in time and uses it mainly for her own benefit and not realizing the cost of her power or the changes that she may make. This has the original Vancouver Canadian dub from Ocean group done by Bandai before it folded. Not Rated.
Psycho-Pass: The Movie – I’m not sure how I didn’t end up writing about the Psycho-Pass movie already, and for that I apologize. Psycho-Pass: The Movie takes place after the Psycho-Pass anime series as the Sibyl System is being tested in other countries to try to spread it across the world. A small country in the middle of civil war uses the Sibyl System to keep its peaceful citizens in line. However once terrorists from the country come to Japan and the police discover a link between them and the missing Shinya Kogami, Akane Tsunemori goes on her own to investigate and track his whereabouts as well as try to see what the Sibyl System’s real intentions are. The dub cast for the series continues to be be great and if you’ve been a fan of Psycho-Pass, its a movie that definitely should be watched. However be warned that while it does answer some questions, it also brings up even more. Stars Kate Oxley, Robert McCollum, Josh Grelle, Cherami Leigh, Lindsay Seidel, Zach Bolton, Lydia Mackay, Mike McFarland, Michael Federico, Stephanie Young, Jason Liebrecht, and Major Attaway. Not Rated.
Yona of the Dawn: Part One – I’ve been waiting for Part One of Yona of the Dawn to be released for a while now! Yona of the Dawn had a strange release as a Broadcast Dub from Funimation as it was a Broadcast Dub beginning in Part 2 with episodes 13-24. That meant for those that wanted to see the rest of the series dubbed, this is the first opportunity to see it from the beginning! The Princess Yona has to flee the castle when her visiting cousin murder her father the king and seizes control of the country. Yona then goes on search for the dragon warriors that are fated to help her reclaim the Kingdom. I really enjoyed season 2 of Yona of the Dawn and I’m excited to see what the beginning of it was. Yona of the Dawn is based on a manga series of the same name though it does look like the art style is vastly different from that of the anime series.
Fairy Tail: Part 20 – The next part of Fairy Tail, finally completing all the craziness from the Grand Magic Games. Now with Fairy Tail rebuilt, the guild gets high ranking requests again. Gray and Natsu head to Sun Village but run into members of the Sylph Labyrinth guild seeking to find treasure. Not Rated.
Gonna Be the Twin Tail!!: The Complete Series – A very strange series about a male high school student that loves “twin tail” hairstyles (pig tails?) and somehow gets recruited to fight alternate dimensional monsters also after twin tail hair by turning into a super powered girl with twin tail hair. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. Not Rated.
Shonen Hollywood – Holly Stage for 49: Season 1 – A slightly disappointing release from Funimation as it was released as sub only. We could have sworn it was going to be dubbed and were excited for its release but apparently that wasn’t to be. Shonen Hollywood follows a group of idols in training, taking up the name of “Shonen Hollywood” 15 years after the original group disbanded and working to make their debut. To be a bit confusing, this says that it is Season 1 with Holly Stage for 49. There is a second season of Shonen Hollywood though it’s subtitle is Holly State for 50. Not Rated.
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ – Collection 1 – The sequel series to Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam that had been released a few ways. I believe this is the first time this series has been available in the United States and because of that this series comes with a sub only. The series continues in the original Gundam universe and centers around the junk dealer Judau who sneaks aboard a damaged military vessel and finds a new Gundam and must defeat the forces of Neo Zeon. Not Rated.
After War Gundam X: Collection 1 – The second Gundam release this week! Sunrise is serious on finally bringing the rest of their series to the United States, though this sadly is sub only as well. After War Gundam X was released in 1996 in between the more famous Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, and Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz. After War Gundam X takes place in the alternate Gundam timeline “After War” and takes place 15 years after a Civil War between the colonies and the Earth devastated a majority of the Earth’s surface. The war orphan Garrod Ran is sent to rescue a girl named Tiffa but soon discovers that the person who requested her rescue doesn’t have the best of intentions and takes her to find “Gundam X.” However they seen become involved in a new conflict that is rising up from the ashes of the one that nearly destroyed the Earth. Not Rated.
Lupin the 3rd: Alcatraz Connection – Another of the Lupin the 3rd TV special finally coming to the United States, sadly in sub only format. This special, originally broadcast in 2001 (so many of these have been released out of order it’s not even funny), has Lupin sneak aboard a secret casino ship run by the mob in an attempt to recover a sunken ship full of gold ingots. Not Rated.
Wake Up, Girls!: The Movie– The movie that precedes the rest of the Wake Up, Girls! franchise, the sub only movie from Sentai Filmworks follows Green Leaves Entertainment, a talent agency with no talent that decides to create a girl idol group from scratch and build a ragtag group of idols that ends up succeeding. The movie ended up spawning an anime TV series and two other movies. The series is on its way from Sentai in August already! Not Rated.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst – Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is the sequel from the 2008 Mirror’s Edge. Available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Rated T for Teen.
Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- – The next Guilty Gear game and the second Guilty Gear Xrd game. I’m confused too. Available for PS3 and PS4. Rated T for Teen.
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir – A complete HD remake of the game Odin Sphere. Available for PS3, PS4, and PS Vita. Rated T for Teen.
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book – The 17th game in the Atelier series, though it does feature a brand new world and new Alchemy system. This is a dubbed game as well. Available for PS4 only at this time. Rated T for Teen.