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Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm
5 years ago via Flixster

A fine animated feature, and one of the better Batman movies that's up there with the Tim Burton adaptations. Hard to believe that this is almost 20 years old though, or even that it's been more than that since we were introduced to Batman: The Animated Series, which this film is an accompaniment to.
The story sees Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy, possibly the definitive Batman) being framed for the murders of mob bosses who are really being picked off by a strange new anti-hero known as the Phantasm (Stacy Keach). As Bruce Wayne, Batman thinks back to a few years before the current events, when he first decided to try and fight crime, but at the same time finds love in Andrea Beaumont (Dana Delany), the daughter of a businessman who owed a lot of money to the mob (the same mobsters being offed by Phantasm). Switching between the present day, when Andrea comes back into his life and the past, when Andrea, having forced to flee the country with her dad, breaks up with Bruce, setting him on the path to becoming the Caped Crusader, the story then takes a dark turn when introducing the Joker (a career defining role for Mark Hamill). A well written film with a great plot and amazing voice acting parts, this is definitely a Batman movie that goes ahead of the Christopher Nolan adaptations.

Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch (2011)
5 years ago via Flixster

Zack Snyder quite possibly delivers his most disappointing film since his abysmal 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. Sucker Punch looks as visually epic as 300 was, but lacks the cheesiness that made that movie as good as it was. The story begins with Babydoll (Emily Browning) seeing her caring mother pass away and she and her sister enduring hell at the hands of their abusive stepfather who then guns down the younger of the 2 siblings, blames it on Babydoll and has her sent to a mental asylum, where she awaits a lobotomy. With the help of Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and Amber (Jamie Chung), she plans her escape when escaping into a fantasy world of robots, samurais and Nazis. Given that it's the 1960's, this makes the figments of her imagination seem extremely far fetched. As the girls team up to retrieve the items that would help Babydoll to escape from the asylum, the story really begins to waver before culminating in one massive cop-out of an epilogue. One of the most disappointing film of the year so far, Sucker Punch is really only mediocre at best, and decent performances from the lead roles are hampered by not so decent scripting. Let's hope Snyder can regain his composure and get back to his best when he challenges for the title of 'Best Comic Book movie of the year' next summer when he gives us Man of Steel.