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Review: Pixar continues its success with 'Finding Dory'

Posted November 15, 2016, 4:11 PM

Let's be frank. Pixar is a machine. It's a well-oiled machine with a singular purpose and it very effective at its job, but it is a machine. The business of this machine is to produce family-friendly animated box office blockbusters and business is indeed good.

My kids will never know a world in which Pixar does not exist. They will never be deprived of the wonderful stories and mesmerizing visuals of their films.

I'm completely jealous of them.

I can't complain too much, I did grow up in a world with Disney, but my generation was sort of caught between the two big Disney periods marked by The Jungle Book and The Little Mermaid. I was already 14 by the time The Little Mermaid hit theaters, so forgive me for being envious of the great animated period that my kids will grow...

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Review: 'Army of One' is one crazy ride

Posted November 15, 2016, 4:11 PM

Make no mistake. Gary Faulkner's story is one of the crazier ones that you will ever hear. I remember hearing about it a few years ago and being intrigued, but quickly losing interest and then it got lost in the white noise of life.

What I do recall was that one man had gone over to Pakistan intent on capturing Osama bin Laden and he might have been a little off his rocker. I also sort of remember seeing Gary Faulkner on the late-night talk show circuit and thinking that he was indeed a few bricks short of a load.

Fast forward to this weekend when I popped in Army of One and I got reacquainted with Gary Faulkner and his odd story. Nic Cage is perfectly cast as the would-be Osama bin Laden finder because as we all know Nic is...

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Review: 'Arlo' brings home the bacon and the laughs

Posted November 15, 2016, 2:11 PM

When you have two little ones at home, it's really difficult to find live-action family friendly entertainment that doesn't make you wish for a lobotomy after it's over. Thankfully, Arlo: The Burping Pig isn't one of those films.

There's nothing wrong with animated films, and quite frankly they have come a long way since I was a child, but you can only watch so much before you start yearning for real humans. The real challenge as I mentioned above is finding something that will hold the attention of both a three-year-old and a five-year-old without reducing your brain to mush.

Given that my children are on the cusp of starting school, the idea of change that permeates throughout the film is one that they related to. In fact, my daughter recently shared her fear of starting kindergarten next year and being able...

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First 'Beauty and the Beast' trailer shines

Posted November 14, 2016, 2:11 PM

The art of remaking a beloved animated classic into a live-action film is a delicate one. Just take Alice in Wonderland as an example.

Done right, the result is a $335 million blockbuster. Done wrong, the result is a $77 million flop.

So, when word broke that Disney was making a live-action version of the classic Beauty and the Beast, it was understandable that there was plenty of trepidation to go around. Some films just lend themselves to live-action remakes such as The Jungle Book, while others like Beauty and the Beast seem dubious at best.

I mean, this is a story in which people have been cursed and turned into talking anthropomorphic household items. It also features a leading character who is a beast, I mean, it's right there in the title, so every artistic choice would naturally be scrutinized under...

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Monday Mixer: New movie trailers rule the day

Posted November 14, 2016, 11:11 AM

It's not often that I'm able to sneak away and see a film by myself. These days, a large proportion of my theater-going choices are largely dictated by my young children. But yesterday, I actually had a few hours and a big choice to make.

Doctor Strange or Arrival?

I went back and forth because Marvel films are spectacular on the big screen, but I just wasn't feeling their particular brand of escapism. On the other hand, I had heard nothing but wonderful things about Arrival and the film's message intrigued me.

Ultimately, I went with Arrival because I was in the mood for smart Sci Fi and boy, did I make a great choice. Now, that's not to say that Doctor Strange is a bad choice, or that I would have had a bad time watching it, but I was quite happy...

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Review: 'The Hunger Games' series shines on 4K

Posted November 8, 2016, 4:11 PM

Since I have never reviewed the Hunger Games series, this review will focus on two parts. In the first part, I will review the series and in the second, I will talk about the 4K offerings specifically. But first, there's an interesting conversation about 4K that I think we need to have.

At what point do we replace our very capable Blu-ray copies of a film with their 4K counterparts? We are still in the nascent stages of 4K UHD Blu-ray, but it's becoming a real issue as we've already seen 4K offerings from films that are less than a year old already. So, the question remains, is it worth it to upgrade to 4K?

The answer is not so simple. I think there are certain films that I think truly pushes the boundary and were actually shot with 4K in mind...

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Review: Winter sets in for 'Alpha and Omega: The Big Fureeze'

Posted November 8, 2016, 4:11 PM

It's a question as old as time, when do you call it quits?

When do you make the conscious decision to walk away from the game, to retire from your career or to stop making Alpha and Omega movies?

I'll be honest, I watched the first film a few years ago with my young daughter who enjoyed it well enough, but I remember not being blown away by it. The film just seemed to be a bit of a retread of other forgotten animation films over the years and I was shocked when I heard they were making a sequel.

Having another kid, I sort of lost touch with this franchise and I was legitimately shocked that this week's Alpha and Omega: The Big Fureeze is the seventh Alpha and Omega film to be released. So, to prepare for this review, I went...

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