Coco Is A Lovely If Belabored Journey Right Out Of The Pixar Playbook

Coco Is A Lovely If Belabored Journey Right Out Of The Pixar Playbook

As obstacles for the heroes of children’s films go, Miguel’s is a little, shall we say, cerebral. The rebellious 12-year-old protagonist of Coco  longs to be a musician, but his family of shoemakers … hates music. Not just the music of local hero and “greatest musician that ever lived” Ernesto de la Cruz, nor just guitar music. All music. This goes back, we are told in a colorful if staid papel picado opening sequence, to his great-great-grandfather, who left his…

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Coco 2017 Review: Yes, Another Pixar Movie That Will Definitely Make You Cry

Coco 2017 Review: Yes, Another Pixar Movie That Will Definitely Make You Cry

We’ve now reached the point in Pixar’s history where their outstanding movies are the exception rather than the rule. Inside Out was hailed as a return to form, but then the studio followed it up with the bland The Good Dinosaur, the adequate Finding Dory, and the soulless Cars 3. While the future for the studio as a whole remains uncertain, they’re in their element with the moving, beautiful Coco . Lee Unkrich’s movie is a nice look at family, music,…

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Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith Review: 7 out of 10

Star Wars Episode III  Revenge of the Sith Review: 7 out of 10

John Williams’ brassy fanfare for Star Wars is a bold, recognizable piece of movie music magic full of pomp and circumstance. And as its opening notes sound for George Lucas’ final piece of his massive, mythic undertaking, it heralds a graduation of sorts. Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith has had no shortage of pomp. Myriad magazine covers and the sheer tonnage of tie-in memorabilia have seen to that. But it is the…

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STAR WARS EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH IS A PERFECT FIT FOR THE STAR WARS TRILOGY

STAR WARS EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH IS A PERFECT FIT FOR THE STAR WARS TRILOGY

STAR WARS EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH is the movie he ought to have made right from the beginning. This is the entry he kept on promising he’d deliver, the film we’ve all kept longing for. The other two Star Wars prequels are utterly irrelevant; this film could have existed without them. It’s a perfect fit with the astounding original films and unlike the predecessors, it only tops them. I still remember the first time…

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STAR WARS EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH QUICK REVIEW

STAR WARS EPISODE III  REVENGE OF THE SITH QUICK REVIEW

Darth Vader. Just the name of the most iconic villain in a generation recalls his ominous, metered breathing and his unmistakable voice. But how did Darth Vader become … Darth Vader? “Answer the question that Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith poses,” Yoda might ask. Twenty-eight years ago, George Lucas started bringing us to a galaxy very far away. Now, the journey is complete. The final chapter of Anakin Skywalker‘s tragic transformation into Darth Vader begins…

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Movie Review Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith : That was it?

Movie Review Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith : That was it?

The Star Wars film series created by George Lucas has become one of the most successful franchises in the history of cinema. The most recent installment, Star Wars Episode VII, is aimed to be released in 2015. The sixth film, Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005, and was the last of three prequels to the original trilogy. Hayden Christiensen, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman are featured in this movie,…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: Rage and Hormones

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: Rage and Hormones

Are we there yet? Well, not quite. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,the big-screen adaption of the international phenomenon, is simply the sixth chapter in a now eight-part saga that, much like its young hero, portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, has started to show signs of stress around the edges, a bit of fatigue, or perhaps that’s simply my gnawing impatience. Not that the director, David Yates, doesn’t keep things moving and flying and soaring, his cameras slashing…

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Building up to the final battle between good and evil

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Building up to the final battle between good and evil

Darker, more hormonal, more teenage-angsty and sadly more boring, the Potter franchise is back. Half-Blood Prince is the penultimate book, but antepenultimate movie. The seventh and final volume, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is reportedly going to be divided into two films. But who knows? Maybe that second half will be split, and then the second half of that very second half will separate, and like characters in a lost paradox by the pre-Socratic thinker Zeno,…

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Terrifically Entertaining

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Terrifically Entertaining

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, an adaption from JK Rowling’s book, is horrific entertainment in its own right, claims Sukhdev Sandhu in the 2009 review. The first film adapted from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three leading characters, was released in 2001. The fifth installment in the saga, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was released in July…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE REVIEW: AN ADMIRABLE SEQUEL IN THE POTTER SAGA

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE REVIEW: AN ADMIRABLE SEQUEL IN THE POTTER SAGA

The climactic scene in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” takes place in one of those underground caverns with a lake and an ominous gondola as the means of transportation, popularized by “The Phantom of the Opera.” At first I thought – no gondola! But then, one appeared, dripping and hulking. In another movie I might have grinned, but you know what? By that point, I actually cared. Yes, this sixth chapter is a darker,…

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Preparing For The Final Brutal Battle

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Preparing For The Final Brutal Battle

This first part of the last installment of the Harry Potter series finds Harry in immense danger as the Dark Lord seeks to end his existence. In fact, the most part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, finds Harry hiding out with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, while also trying to find the way to thwart Voldemort’s evil scheme. In the middle of the confusion, Harry, too, must try to piece together clues…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – It’s a Magical World

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – It’s a Magical World

And so we’ve now come to the end of a decade-long magical journey that may constitute the most ambitious feat of both literary and cinematic story-telling in memory, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Literarily, it all springs from the imagination of J.K. Rowling, who took what started as a children’s story and created a multi-volume tale for young and old, about the intertwined nature of good and evil, the perils and…

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – A Triumphant End To The Magical Saga

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – A Triumphant End To The Magical Saga

You need an actor with the dramatic heft of Ralph Fiennes to deliver the four words that vile Lord Voldemort hisses here with such lip-smacking, syllable-stretching relish: “Harry. Potter. Is. Dead.” Say what? You know that’s not true. What is dead is the Harry Potter movie saga that drained Brit author J.K. Rowling’s seven bestseller novels for eight films, a global box-office take of $6.3 billion, and the Hollywood heavyweight status as the most lucrative…

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry’s on the back of a fire-breathing dragon

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry’s on the back of a fire-breathing dragon

Who doesn’t love a good dragon and the one Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) has to deal with this time around is a ripper. With two nozzles in its throat shooting out twin jets of fire – talk about attention to detail – the fight starts in a rocky pit and ends atop a castle tower. As Harry hangs on for dear life the dragon gingerly feels for purchase across the unstable tiles of a severely sloping…

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Concise, rousing and utterly moving

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Concise, rousing and utterly moving

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final film in the series adapted from the books by JK Rowling, is concise, rousing and frequently moving. The end of the Harry Potter saga, like getting kids out of a swimming pool or troops out of Afghanistan, has been an exhausting business. With JK Rowling’s final volume having been sliced in two, the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was long, sombre and often…

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