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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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Monsters University (2013)

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Monsters University (2013)

At last!  The summer of 2013 finally has a solid winner!  In a season overrun with dry sauce about zombies, hangovers, apocalypses, and men made of iron and steel, it is a godsend that Pixar has come into the competition with their game face on.  You might not think that a prequel to the 2001 […]

| June 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Epic (2013)

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Epic (2013)

The late great critic Roger Ebert coined a term that accurately describes a movie like “Epic.”  He would call it a “four-glasses-movie,” which he described as any movie whose plot can be summed up on four souvenir glasses from McDonald’s.  “The glasses are of great value,” he said, “because they hold more water than the […]

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The Croods (2013)

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The Croods (2013)

The Croods is a featherweight animated comedy perched somewhere between Ice Age and “The Flintstones.”  It’s not as funny as the former or as endearing the latter.  It is the kind of movie that you enjoy it while you’re watching it, but afterwards it slips away from your mind.  In six months your kids might […]

| March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Oz, the Great and Powerful (2013)

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Oz, the Great and Powerful (2013)

Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful is easier to deal with if we simply stand back and try not to compare with The Wizard of Oz, in spite of the fact that it has been marketed as prequel.  That great 1939 classic is one of those great movie spaces that resides so resolutely in […]

| March 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
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