Category Archives: Family

Despicable Me 2 Review: MINIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Few animated movies over the past decade or so have taken people off guard quite like Despicable Me did in 2010.  The first film made by the fledgling Universal Animation production company, Illumination Entertainment, the combination of the Dr. Horrible-esque villain reversal … Continue reading

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Monsters University Review: We’re OK!!!

*The following  review was posted several months ago on my site, but taken down at the request of the screening party.  Now that the Disney’s review embargo has been lifted, I am now allowed to repost it.* I got the … Continue reading

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Epic Review: Totally Not FernGully…

Once again, I am reminded of the benefits of lowered expectations.  When the first trailers came out nearly six months ago, I was pretty optimistic.  The beautiful animation, the perfect use of Snow Patrol’s What if the Storm Ends, and the … Continue reading

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The Croods Review: Never Not Be Afraid

Since the dawn of computer generated animation, Dreamworks has always been the late night snack to the three course meals of Pixar and Disney.  Sure, it knows what you want and it gives that to you in heaping portions, but … Continue reading

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Escape From Planet Earth Review: Goodbye February!!!

While some of you may remember that this little nugget of second tier animation cam out nearly a month ago on Valentines Day weekend, I didn’t get around to seeing it in theaters until a couple days ago.  This is … Continue reading

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Oz the Great and Powerful Review: 99 Problems and a Witch… is pretty much all of them

I’d like to preface this review by mentioning that this was the first time I’ve ever seen a movie theater start playing the wrong movie.  Not just any movie, mind you, but the IMAX premier of a major blockbuster.  It … Continue reading

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Jack the Giant Slayer Review: How Not to Waste $200 million

I keep waiting for Hollywood to finally give it a rest with modernization of classic fairytales, but I think with Jack the Giant Killer now posed to become this year’s John Carter in terms of catastrophic Box Office Failure we just might … Continue reading

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits Review: Bootylicious

Well, I’m now one step closer to seeing every film nominated for a significant Academy Award for the past year.  Now, all I have left are Frankenweenie, The Sessions, The Master, and Amour.  All this plus new releases to cover … Continue reading

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ParaNorman Review: Something for Everyone

When it comes to family entertainment, there are usually three types of paths a film will take.  The first is one of complete pandering to children, using slapstick comedy and over-exaggerated characters to get as many cheap laughs out of the under-12 … Continue reading

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Rise of the Guardians Review: Take That, Uncanny Valley!

This is what I imagine the creative process for Rise of the Guardians began: Guy #1:  Oh my god, dude, what if we made a movie that had Santa Clause, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy, The Sandman and Jack … Continue reading

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