Mitchell Storyteller Cinema 7
Rated PG for action, mild violence, language, and crude humor.
We’ve seen what Superman vs. Batman can do to poor old beat-up Gotham City. Now let’s see what their pets can do while trying to save their super counterparts from the evil Lex Luthor?
It’s more complicated than that, of course, not least because this new animated film set in the middle of the DC Universe from directors Jared Stern and Sam Levine serves as something of an origin story (like, one more , once again). But, the twist here is not obvious.
It’s that audiences wonder why, after all those epic movies with epic movie stars and epic special effects, wasn’t there a big budget movie starring Superman’s canine sidekick , Crypto? In fact, he’s appeared in the TV series “Smallville” and an HBO animated series, but this is the first time he’s let his scent shine on the big screen.
In this movie, the super devoted Krypto (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) has been Supe’s best friend since they took off from Krypton as babies and puppies – just before their homeworld was destroyed. Like any normal dog totally imprinted on its human, Krypto’s entire world centers around its daily routine of walks, meals, and playtime when Superman (John Krasinski) isn’t saving the world from superheroes. villains and cosmic hits. Their routine, however, is about to be threatened by something Super Dog Krypto never saw coming: romance.
Superman/Clark Kent fell in love with Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane (Olivia Wilde).
This, of course, leads to destructive behavior issues with Krypto, namely that a lot of things are broken. So Supes decides Krypto might need a doggie friend and takes him to visit a pet store where we meet a rather mute crew of misfits.
These include a poor dog who lost his home to an unfortunate mistake named Ace (Kevin Hart, Johnson’s “Jumanji” co-star), a myopic turtle named Merton (Natasha Lyonne), PB the Potbelly Pig (Vanessa Bayer), a creepy squirrel named Chip (Diego Luna) and the crazy guinea pig, Lulu (Kate McKinnon) – who happens to be a pet that once belonged to none other than Lex Luthor (Marc Maron ).
When a diabolical plan to use a tractor beam to grab a piece of kryptonite floating on earth fails, landing Luthor in prison, unbeknownst to almost everyone, Lulu finds a way to give herself superpowers and escape from the pet store.
A surprise bonus is that other pets are also charged. But, poor Krypto happens to him the opposite way, giving him a decisive edge when Superman and other Justice League heroes get caught as well.
Batman (Keanu Reeves), Wonder Woman (Jameela Jamil), Aquaman (Jemaine Clement), The Flash (John Early) and Green Lantern (Dascha Polanco) are in the game.
The movie is entertaining for the most part when not sidetracked by focusing on the character’s urban neuroses and obscure references to their comic book stories, something the younger audience might not sit still for. But, if you can keep the characters straight in your head, you’ll be happy rolling with these super pets.
This film is screening at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Cinemas, 110 Old Talpa Cañon Road. For tickets, schedules and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.
This week at Taos Community Auditorium
TCA Big Screen Friday (July 29) at 7 p.m. and Tuesday (August 2) at 4 p.m.
Tensions rise between restless teenager Julija (Gracija Filipovic) and her oppressive father Ante (Leon Lucev) when an old family friend arrives on their Croatian island. As Ante tries to negotiate a deal that will change their lives, their quiet but isolated existence leaves Julija wanting more of this influential visitor, who gives a taste of liberation during a weekend laid bare by desire and violence.
Directed and co-written by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic, this film stars Cliff Curtis, Danica Curcic and Jonas Smulders. In Croatian, Spanish and English with some subtitles.
Marcel: the shell with shoes
TCA Big Screen Wednesday (August 3), at 7 p.m.
Rated PG for some suggestive and thematic elements.
Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, this animated comedy feature is about Marcel (voiced by Jenny Slate), an adorable 1-inch-tall seashell who leads a colorful existence with his grandmother, Connie (Isabella Rossellini), and their pet stuffed animals. , Alan. Once part of a sprawling seashell community, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. However, when a documentary filmmaker discovers them, the short he uploads brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented danger and new hope of reuniting with his long-lost family.
Co-stars the voice talents of Joe Gabler, Rosa Salazar, Andy Richter, Lesley Stahl and Peter Bonerz.
Screenings take place at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets, health restrictions and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.