The Lego Movie

2014, Village Roadshow Pictures et al

Get ready for a serious visual sugar rush! With its non-stop assault on the senses and barrage of pop-culture quips, The Lego Movie very nearly ODs on itself; you're almost forced to watch it at least twice to catch everything. What saves it is a smart story and snappy voice acting, not to mention totally awesome visuals. Did I say awesome? Yeah, now I've just gotten that song stuck in your head—again.

The extras are well worth the cost of a disc. You get to learn a lot of fun facts about Legos, as well as the lengths the animators went to keep all of the visuals "authentic": every virtual object is built using virtual Lego bricks, all meticulously measured, colored and even aged; in other words, given enough time and bricks, everything appearing in the film could presumably be built in real life. Since I don't share their obsession with Legos, it's all just a little creepy to me.

       

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The Lego Batman Movie

2017, Warner Animation Group et al

Lightning strikes twice for the Lego fanatics with another dose of visual adrenaline, this time fueled by a brilliantly irreverent take on the world of Batman. The one-liners fly fast and furious—almost too fast to keep up, so be prepared to watch it again.

       

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The Lego Ninjago Movie

2017, Warner Brothers Pictures et al

Third time was not the charm, I'm afraid, for the Lego crew, as this entry in the franchise simply doesn't click. Admittedly it's disappointing, because there's no end of pop culture items ripe for a good skewering. Still, the über-colorful animation provides good eye candy, and the production values are as high as ever.

   

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