Kids

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

Four years ago, Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s The LEGO Movie arrived in multiplexes with a response of candy-colored shock and awe.  What might have been a soulless corporate shell of a movie (see: The Emoji Movie) turned out to be a brilliant bit of creative thinking that made nearly every other kid’s movie look like […]

| February 7, 2019
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Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse

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Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is no less than the seventh Spider-Man feature film to be released in this millennium and watching it you realize how many of those live-action films are basically carbon copies of each other.  Spiderverse sets itself apart not just by being animated but by being a colorful 124-minute carnival of creative […]

| December 14, 2018
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Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

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Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

I have spent the better part of a year writing individual essays on every animated feature in Disney’s official cannon from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Moana and the one thread that seems to flow through all of them is that they are timeless.  Even if they employed themes of the moment, the […]

| December 4, 2018
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

When all was said and done, after all of the portents and secrets had been revealed and the overelaborate special effects employed for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald had ceased, I sat back in my seat trying to figure out how to best describe this movie in one word.  Wandering through the vast dictionary […]

| November 15, 2018
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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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