Kids

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Any remake of Beauty and the Beast is going to be a tough sell for someone like me.  That 1991 classic so touch my heart and so shook my notions of what an animated feature could accomplish that any attempts to recapture its magic could only come off as an imitation.  That, in essence, is […]

| April 6, 2017
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The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

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The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The timing may be tricky for The Secret Life of Pets which has the misfortune of arriving in the shadow of Finding Dory, a surprise hit that has already raked in over $400,000,000 domestic.  That film, which has been at the top of the charts for the past two weeks surprised everyone not only by […]

| July 10, 2016
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Finding Dory (2016)

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Finding Dory (2016)

I swear I mean this as a compliment; Finding Dory is the most entertaining needless sequel that you’ll see this summer.  It’s true, this sequel wasn’t entirely necessary but if anyone could do it and still make an unnecessary movie that was still entertaining and fun, it had to be Pixar.  For me, that has […]

| June 18, 2016
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The Jungle Book (2016)

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The Jungle Book (2016)

It shouldn’t surprise anyone when Disney shamelessly toots its own horn.  The legacy of this paragon of family entertainment has such a rich history and such of wealth of classics to its name that you sort of aren’t surprised to find it congratulating itself.  That may come from the fact that recently they’ve been kind […]

| April 16, 2016
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The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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The Wizard of Oz (1939)

There are some things that just never leave you. Some things are so constantly part of the world in which you inhabit that they remain just inside your mental vision, maybe on purpose. The Wizard of Oz is like that. It’s a comfort for most of us, like a cuddly uncle who is full of […]

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Minions – A Video Review

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Minions – A Video Review

My (brief) video review of “Minions.”

| July 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Minions (2015)

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Minions (2015)

You just have to smile when you see The Minions. They’re cute, happy, jolly little fellas with a babbling speech pattern, a drive born of basic instinct, and a talent for being loyal to a fault. They’re like happy-go-lucky little boys who are mischievous but not malicious despite their lot in life. As supporting characters […]

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Annie (2014)

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Annie (2014)

In the past few days, critics have had a grand time running all over the new film version of Annie with a steamroller. It’s an easy movie to pick on. It’s corny. It’s flawed. It’s too long. The musical numbers are, for the most part, forgettable. Plus it has the single worst performance of Cameron […]

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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