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The Dark Crystal Review


Good
Is there such a thing as a children's cult film? The Dark Crystal may be as close as we have, but Jim Henson and Frank Oz's collaboration won't keep many of today's kids entertained for long. Kooky creatures are the lasting legacy of the film; the story doesn't inspire much excitement -- as one puppet (whose mouth barely moves when he talks) is tasked with healing a broken crystal and thus thwarting the impending rule of a gang of other, evil puppets. His journey takes the form of an almost casual stroll through his magical kingdom, as he encounters one outlandish creature after another en route to victory. Overly simplistic, I'll frankly take Labyrinth when it comes to fantasy puppet movies.

Supergirl Review


Terrible
So let me see if I get this straight: Dopey Kara (Helen Slater) is sitting around on a fragment of the former planet Krypton when she stupidly tears a hole in the protective bubble that keeps the city safe from the external world. Whoops, the city's power source -- a little ball that fits in your hand which Kara is playing with (!!!) -- gets sucked out the hole, dooming the city and all its residents to certain death. Then, as her dad (Peter O'Toole!) sentences himself to eternity in the Phantom Zone (where Zod and his crew were sent), Kara mopes around and sits on a chair... which turns out to be an escape pod straight to earth! Zoom, she's safe, and, after zipping up out of the lake she lands in, she's Supergirl (complete with costume).

This is Superman's cousin?

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The Dark Crystal Review


Good
Is there such a thing as a children's cult film? The Dark Crystal may be as close as we have, but Jim Henson and Frank Oz's collaboration won't keep many of today's kids entertained for long. Kooky creatures are the lasting legacy of the film; the story doesn't inspire much excitement -- as one puppet (whose mouth barely moves when he talks) is tasked with healing a broken crystal and thus thwarting the impending rule of a gang of other, evil puppets. His journey takes the form of an almost casual stroll through his magical kingdom, as he encounters one outlandish creature after another en route to victory. Overly simplistic, I'll frankly take Labyrinth when it comes to fantasy puppet movies.
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