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LEGO® characters Unikitty (voiced by Alison Brie), Benny (Charlie Day), Metal Beard (Nick Offerman), Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Batman (Will Arnett), Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Emmet (Chris Pratt) and President Business (Will Ferrell)
Occasionally there’s that amazing movie that for whatever reason — being under the weather, a jam-packed schedule, etc. — you just don’t get around to opening or even the second weekend. And then it happens. Your entire social network proclaims it “The GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!” and you instantly start mentally kicking yourself for missing out on clearly the best addition to come to theaters obviously in history. Then you find yourself preparing for cinematic ecstasy only to find yourself hopelessly disappointed wondering why everyone was raving about something that was decent, but hardly life-altering.
That’s not the case with “The LEGO Movie,” a joyous, endlessly fun film that may possibly be hype-proof. You’ll see it and instantly realize that this is truly what fun movie experiences are supposed to be like. Continue Reading
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The Muppets consider their next career move.
While it may not be the groundbreaking entry in the franchise, “Muppets Most Wanted” offers up another welcome slice of everything Muppets fans could ask for with an adventure guaranteed to please audiences of all ages. Continue Reading
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Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) shows Disneyland to “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) in Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks.”
Watching “Saving Mr. Banks,” a feel-good take on the contentious account of novelist P.L. Travers and filmmaker Walt Disney in making the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins,” it’s hard not to recall the famous quote “History is written by the victors.”
For all the filmmakers’ well-meaning efforts, it’ll take more than sugary spoonfuls to swallow this tale of revisionist history, which cast its main character as both the protagonist and villain in a audience-pleasing, if incomplete look behind the Walt Disney empire’s curtain. Continue Reading
Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven in “Frozen.”
Don’t look now, but the year’s best animated film didn’t come from reigning champ Pixar or even perennial rival DreamWorks Animation.
Instead, it’s the patriarch of the genre, Walt Disney Pictures, which reclaims its throne with “Frozen,” a charming effort that successfully combines gorgeous modern animation with the retro feel of a Disney classic. There’s memorable characters, helpful animal sidekicks, dancing and singing. It couldn’t be a vintage Disney film without a slew of musical numbers, but they’re so well done it’s not disruptive to the overall story. Continue Reading
Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker star in “Black Nativity.”
2013 has been a fantastic year for black cinema.
“12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station,” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” all have legitimate shots at racking up some major hardware as awards season approaches. “42” was a compelling sports biopic, “The Best Man Holiday” proved a welcome balance of comedy and drama and “Kevin Hart’s Let Me Explain” was a hilarious stand-up film. The latest mainstream release likely won’t be held in such high esteem.
Just in time for the holidays comes the musical Christmas-theme drama “Black Nativity” featuring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson. While it won’t make the naughty list, the film is a little too underwhelming to make part of your festivities. Continue Reading
I’m a huge fan of movie promotions that go beyond the typical bus stop posters and show some inspired creativity from the studios’ marketing team.
The most recent example is the promotional tour for “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2,” which has a Foodimobile touring the country with unique healthy menu items such as tacodiles, hippotatomuses, fruit cockatiels, subwhales, watermelophants, pickles, carrots, and celery. Continue Reading
Just a reminder of why Statler and Waldorf are the best in the business in a perfect remedy for a day that’s desperately in need of a laugh as they mercilessly heckle Milton Berle:
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Disney’s “MUPPETS MOST WANTED” – (L-R) SCOOTER, ROWLF, KERMIT, WALTER, FOZZIE and GONZO.
Tina Fey? Diddy? Ty Burrell? Salma Hayek? And Statler and Waldorf?
It goes without saying I’m looking forward to this, right?
This may be a bit of a surprise to you all, but it turns out a movie about a snail that gains the ability to move at super speed isn’t as exciting and fun as you might think. Continue Reading