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reviewed The Secret World of Arrietty. February 18, 2012
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The Secret World of Arrietty
Star Rating:         Perhaps I’m just artistically deficient, but I find the look of anime unappealing. It’s not the backgrounds so much as the characters, especially …
reviewed Hugo. November 24, 2011
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Star Rating:         The genius of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is not just that it employs the latest in filmmaking technology, but that it employs them in a story about …
reviewed Thor (2011 movie). May 07, 2011
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Thor (film)
Star Rating:         Kenneth Branagh’s Thor is essentially two movies fighting for the same space, and only one of them emerges victorious. That would be the one that …
reviewed Red Riding Hood (2011). March 12, 2011
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Red Riding Hood
Star Rating:         In the hands of director Catherine Hardwicke and screenwriter David Leslie Johnson, Red Riding Hood has been transformed from a simple morality play …
reviewed Beastly. March 08, 2011
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Star Rating:         Beastly, based on the novel by Alex Flinn, is Beauty and the Beast for the Twilight generation. I grant you that this is not automatically a bad idea, …
reviewed Gulliver's Travels (2010). December 29, 2010
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Gulliver's Travels (2010)
I could be a prude and talk about how modernizing “Gulliver’s Travels” is an affront to Jonathan Swift’s novel and to the imagination in general, or I could admit that I was amused …
reviewed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage .... December 10, 2010
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
So there I was, sitting in my seat at the theater awaiting the start of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the third film in the series. As I tore open the plastic …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:.... November 19, 2010
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
The decision to split the final of J.K. Rowling’s novels into two films was a wise one, for it allows for the inclusion of crucial details that simply couldn’t be cut for the sake of time …
reviewed Nanny McPhee Returns (2010). September 25, 2010
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Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)
There's something about the Nanny McPhee character that appeals to me even more than Mary Poppins. I grant you that Nanny McPhee is no looker, what with her hairy warts, her snaggletooth, and her …
reviewed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. August 13, 2010
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
If you love action, if you live for comedy, if you get a nostalgic high from the electronic beep-boop sounds of eight-bit arcade games like "Pac Man" and "Space Invaders," then "Scott Pilgrim vs. the …
reviewed The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010 movie). July 14, 2010
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was made to accommodate the attention spans of the age group it's intended for. It doesn't have much of anything in the way of plot or character development, but it has plenty …
reviewed Predators. July 09, 2010
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Predators (2010)
"Predators" begins with Adrien Brody coming to in mid-freefall, which is a first for me as a moviegoer. We don't exactly know where he fell from, but we do know that he's literally falling from the sky, …
reviewed The Last Airbender. July 01, 2010
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The Last Airbender (2010)
Ever since seeing "The Sixth Sense," my nature has been to resist the films of M. Night Shyamalan. I have to admit that now. I'm aware of his technical skills and his ability to build tension, and yet …
reviewed The Twilight Saga: New Moon. June 29, 2010
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
I spent much of my review for "Twilight" pointing out how the story was a Mormon abstinence parable masked as a teen vampire romance. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" is essentially the same thing, but this …
reviewed Shrek Forever After (2010 movie). May 21, 2010
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Shrek Forever After (2010)
"Shrek Forever After" (if that is its real title) achieves exactly what it wanted to achieve simply by being a fun animated comedy with characters we've come to love. Still, for something so heavily promoted …
reviewed Iron Man 2. May 07, 2010
Iron Man 2
At the end of 2008, I made two bold assertions: (1) That "Iron Man" was one of the year's best films; (2) that "Iron Man" was one of the greatest superhero films ever made. I still believe both to be …
reviewed Clash of the Titans (2010). April 02, 2010
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Clash of the Titans (2010 film)
While I've never agreed with the idea that only bad movies should be remade, the 1981 version of "Clash of the Titans" is a perfect example of why such statements are valid. This new 2010 version is, …
reviewed How to Train Your Dragon. March 26, 2010
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In the tradition of some of our better animated films, "How to Train Your Dragon" establishes a thoroughly engaging friendship between a boy and an animal -- so engaging that we do in fact hurt when it …
reviewed Alice in Wonderland (2010 movie). March 05, 2010
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Alice in Wonderland
It was only a matter of time before a director as visually inclined as Tim Burton would latch onto "Alice in Wonderland," quite possibly one of the most vivid and stirring fairy tales of the last century …
reviewed Legion (2010 movie). January 27, 2010
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God has lost faith in humanity, something that hasn't happened since the days of Noah. But instead of a flood, He has sent down a legion of angels, who possess the bodies of weak-minded people, turning …
reviewed Daybreakers. January 17, 2010
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The year is 2019. Vampires make up most of the world's population, humanity having been transformed after from an epidemic that started ten years earlier. Any remaining humans are hunted and, if caught, …
reviewed The Book of Eli. January 15, 2010
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The Book of Eli
One does not usually begin a movie review by talking about the ending, but in the case of "The Book of Eli," there's really no other way to go about it. Something, and I'm trying to be careful here, is …
reviewed Avatar (2009 film). December 18, 2009
James Cameron's "Avatar" is one of those films where you're happy to just sit back and let it happen. The story is unoriginal on just about every level, yet the way the story is told is an experience …
reviewed The Fall. July 09, 2008
The Fall
I remember the days when I had stories read to me. I remember how it made me feel. Me and about twenty other kids would gather at the teacher's feet, and I would actually imagine the story unfolding as …
It's rare for a sequel to outshine the original. "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" is more focused, more exciting, more interesting, and much more entertaining than 2005's "Narnia" film, "The …
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