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The LEGO Batman Movie

Warner Bros. follows The Lego Movie, its hit children's animation based on the beloved construction-block toys, with a sequel that digests the whole eight-decade history of Batman. A vast mosaic of pop culture in-jokes, the movie touches on the character's various incarnations from the comics to TV to the apocalyptic Christopher Nolan movies (which are wickedly parodied). I was dazzled by a sequence that reunites the dozens of supervillains, some familiar and some less so, who have accumulated around Batman over the years. Unfortunately the filmmakers embrace a perpetual-motion ethic that prevents them from sticking with any idea for long, and despite all the material they've got with the Batman legend, they feel compelled to drag in King Kong, Godzilla, the Wicked Witch of the West, and the Justice League of America. A movie of endlessly hurtling momentum, this is Mad Max: Fury Road for five-year-olds, and not nearly as much fun as snapping those bricks together. Chris McKay directed.



  • Chris McKay


  • Will Arnett
  • Michael Cera
  • Rosario Dawson
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Siri
  • Zach Galifianakis
  • Jenny Slate
  • Jason Mantzoukas
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Doug Benson
  • Billy Williams
  • Zoë Kravitz
  • Kate Micucci
  • Riki Lindhome
  • Eddie Izzard
  • Seth Green
  • Jemaine Clement
  • Ellie Kemper
  • Channing Tatum
  • Jonah Hill
  • Adam Devine
  • Héctor Elizondo
  • Mariah Carey
  • Lauren White
  • David Burrows
  • Laura Kightlinger
  • Brent Musburger
  • Ralph Garman
  • Chris Hardwick
  • Todd Hansen
  • Chris McKay


  • Dan Lin
  • Phil Lord
  • Christopher Miller
  • Roy Lee
  • Jill Wilfert
  • Matthew Ashton
  • Will Allegra
  • Brad Lewis
  • Zareh Nalbandian
  • Steven Mnuchin
  • Benjamin Melniker
  • Michael Uslan

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