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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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Zootopia (2016)

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Zootopia (2016)

The greatest joy of going to the movies, for me, is the joy of discovering something that the filmmakers have worked to turn into something special.  Week after week, I attend the Hollywood product that regurgitates shopworn plots and tired characters that aren’t much deeper than your average rain puddle.   Yet, every once in a […]

| April 2, 2016
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When Marnie Was There (2015)

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When Marnie Was There (2015)

I ask you not to let the following sentence push you away because if it does, you’ll be missing something special. There is a pall of sadness that persists throughout the animated drama When Marnie Was There, for several different very distinct reasons. This is a perfectly modulated drama about the search for personal identity, […]

| February 4, 2016
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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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Inside Out (2015)

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Inside Out (2015)

It is such a joy to report that Pixar is back in form. After a few years of weak soup, it’s so nice to see them back on the track that made us fall in love with their confections in the first place. In the animation game, Pixar was always been the better factory, churning […]

| June 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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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