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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

It takes a heart of stone to hate a movie as sweet and good-hearted as Penguins of Madagascar although, lord knows, many critics have tried. Their ire is not completely unreasonable, however, the world wasn’t exactly crying out for a feature-length movie featuring the adventures of those cute penguins that provided comic relief around the […]

| November 30, 2014
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Big Hero 6 (2014)

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

Big Hero 6, the latest animated adventure from Disney, illustrates one of the greatest assets and also one of the greatest set-backs of the studio’s recent animated product. It is created with perfect, loving details, but falters when it gets to the main story. Disney has historically been good at both, but recently the greatness […]

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a big movie – even epic. Where most animated movies these days are mousy and small, this one has a giant canvas with a visual sweep that reminds you of The Lion King and Finding Nemo. It’s a fun movie to behold. The animation makes the sky into […]

| June 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

The Muppets are overjoyed to find themselves in yet another sequel.  As their new movie Muppets Most Wanted opens, they not only acknowledge it but – in true Muppets fashion – they turn this fact into a production number.  The Muppets have always worn their self-referential style on their sleeves, so they are wise enough […]

| March 30, 2014 | 1 Comments
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The LEGO Movie (2014)

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The LEGO Movie (2014)

“The LEGO Movie” is a happy and exhilarating ball of fun.  It’s a bright, colorful, quick-witted adventure that stretches the animated form as far as it can possibly go, spinning its characters into other dimensions and other realms.  In short, it does exactly what animation is supposed to do.  It plays around in a magical […]

| February 7, 2014 | 1 Comments
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Frozen (2013)

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Frozen (2013)

It is sort of disheartening going into Disney’s production of “Frozen” to report that this is a project that Walt himself had been tinkering with as far back as the 40s, disheartening because the result falls far short of spectacular.  After all these years, after all this effort, what has come to the screen is […]

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

It is refreshing to report that the only uninspired thing about “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” is it’s dull generic title.  The rest of the movie is a joyful work of imagination, silliness and a harmless fun.  In the case of both films, with the 2009 original and the sequel, the filmmakers put […]

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Despicable Me 2 (2013)

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Despicable Me 2 (2013)

It might be reasonable to approach “Despicable Me 2” with a sense of trepidation.  The original 2010 film was a sort-of enjoyable animated romp that wasn’t exactly screaming for a sequel.  That film, about the misadventures of a supervillain named Gru whose attempts to steal the moon were thwarted when he adopted three adorable orphan […]

| July 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
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