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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That’s My Boy Review: Is Adam Sandler truly the Man?

That’s My Boy Review: Is Adam Sandler truly the Man?

His core fans are likely to love him as a rude, crude and socially unacceptable dad to son Andy Samberg in That’s My Boy. Leave it to Adam Sandler to explore the comic potential of a 13 year-old being deflowered by a middle school teacher. In That’s My Boy, which is a thousand times better and more entertaining than Jack and Jill, Sandler’s last feature, yet still falls short of really being good, Sandler is Donny Berger, a lout…

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An Overview Of That’s My Boy

An Overview Of That’s My Boy

Adam Sandler portrays a former reality TV star while Andy Samberg plays his son in the comedy directed by Sean Anders. By now a well-recognized brand unto themselves, Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production company represent a firmly entrenched comedy formula that can claim a global fan base prepared to follow wherever the laughs may lead. With a bucketful of wedding-related stunts to pull in the date crowd, the guffaw-to-gag percentage is quite respectable, even…

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Baywatch – alpha-male muscle-flexing is not worth the Hasselhoff

Baywatch – alpha-male muscle-flexing is not worth the Hasselhoff

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron go chest to chest in a limp big-screen update of the 90s TV show that doesn’t have the wit or stamina to stay afloat. Just as nobody ever bought a Pirelli calendar simply to find out the date, the world didn’t tune into Baywatch for over a decade purely for the lifeguarding instruction. Let’s face it: Baywatch was all about the fantasy American lifestyle of sun, sea and semi-naked flesh…

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Inbetweeners 2 Review: More of the foulest, dirtiest and wackiest jokes you’ll ever see

Inbetweeners 2 Review: More of the foulest, dirtiest and wackiest jokes you’ll ever see

They have returned! Not just Inbetweeners Simon, Jay, Neil and Will but more of the foulest, dirtiest and wackiest jokes you’ll ever see. With jokes revolving around a poo whizzing down a waterslide, a dead dolphin and a ménage-a-trois with Kylie and Dannii Minogue, washed down with lashing of vomit, the lads plumb fresh depths but hit new comedy highs in this second TV-show spin-off With school out, the crew set out to Australia to pay a…

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Thor Ragnarok Is secretly bringing a franchise back to life

Thor Ragnarok Is secretly bringing a franchise back to life

Eric Pearson’s pressure-filled job laid the foundation for a movie that’s fresh in a way that’s all but unheard of for a third installment. When Eric Pearson earned a spot as screenwriter for Thor Ragnarok, there were two orders given to him: Chris Hemsworth‘s God of Thunder should be the film’s breeziest character, and the work shouldn’t be restrained by the series’ past. Thor Ragnarok film succeeded on both counts. Ragnarok has become Marvel Studios’ best-reviewed film yet and is…

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Thor Ragnarok rules. And it’s hilarious — even if you’re not that into superheroes

Thor Ragnarok rules. And it’s hilarious — even if you’re not that into superheroes

If you like your superheroes buff and snarky (and who doesn’t?), you’ll love Thor Ragnarok. Heck, even if you don’t like superheroes at all, you’ll love this movie. Chris Hemsworth is Thor in the third film based on the comic book character. He is definitely buff and he’s definitely snarky, hilariously so. Yes, Thor Ragnarok is funny, right out of the gate. When we first met the man, he’s a prisoner of Surtur (voiced by…

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THOR RAGNAROK Brings Color and Joy to the World’s Apocalypse

THOR RAGNAROK Brings Color and Joy to the World’s Apocalypse

The many movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (henceforth called the MCU) have all opted for either of two formulas. The first is to follow a thriller path, and try to edge a title towards the realms of realism and respectability. Think Iron Man and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And path number two is to go for broke with an outrageous premise and, presuming the audience is on board with that anyway, just try and have as…

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Thor Ragnarok: A giddily wonderful ride

Thor Ragnarok: A giddily wonderful ride

When Cate Blanchett, playing Hela, the Goddess of Death, struts through the treasure storehouse of her father, Odin, in Thor Ragnarok she casts her eye about. One by one, the film’s black-antlered villainess assesses the artifacts – which include the highly sought-after blue “infinity stone” – with a series of blunt dismissals: “Fake!” “Weak!” “Smaller than I thought it would be!” Such Twitter-worthy put-downs are not the only wisecracks that might make audiences remember of…

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Is Thor Ragnarok Marvel’s Best Film To Date?

Is Thor Ragnarok Marvel’s Best Film To Date?

With a cast full of starts and a refreshed sense of humor thanks to director Taika Waititi, Thor’s third solo act isn’t just his best—it perhaps is Marvel’s best, too. Marvel movies, generally speaking, stink. Since 2008, Disney has churned out sixteen unambitious, bland movies that have ranged in quality from “totally serviceable” (the Captain America series) to “totally garbage” (Iron Man 2), with maybe an exception for the two Guardians of the Galaxy titles. There’s nothing worse than hearing someone…

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Thor Ragnarok – Thor is finally a hero worth cheering for

Thor Ragnarok – Thor is finally a hero worth cheering for

It’s the very first Thor entry that will make you want to see more of Thor. Thor is Marvel’s silliest franchise — but traditionally, it’s also been the studio’s least fun franchise. In the first film (2011), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) couldn’t stop acting like a boy gone wild, so he was sent away from his home, Asgard and had to learn how to be a man worthy of his mighty power. In the second movie, Thor: The Dark World (2013), Thor…

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Thor Ragnarok Is More like an Approximation of Fun Than the Real Deal

Thor Ragnarok Is More like an Approximation of Fun Than the Real Deal

Thor is one of the more ridiculous Marvel superheroes, which also makes him one of the best. You don’t need to have multiple generations’ worth of superhero mythology under your belt to comprehend this God of Thunder with a hearty appetite for beer and a bodybuilder’s brawn; it’s permissible to just like him. Since Chris Hemsworth has played him — first in Kenneth Branagh’s insane 2011 operatic dazzler Thor and one more round in Alan Taylor’s much…

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Thor Ragnarok Breaks Marvel’s Rules With Delight

Thor Ragnarok Breaks Marvel’s Rules With Delight

I am largely indifferent to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I haven’t seen Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 or Spider-Man Homecoming and I’m in no rush to do so. I could care less about Infinity Stones, and those Stan Lee guest starring make me cringe so hard. If you share my feelings about the massively successful superhero franchise, you might be surprised to learn you’ll greatly enjoy Thor Ragnarok. Meanwhile, hardcore fans of the series will definitely…

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Thor Ragnarok nails it as it leans into laughs and weird moments more than any other Marvel film

Thor Ragnarok nails it as it leans into laughs and weird moments more than any other Marvel film

Warning:  spoilers ahead. It seems after two Thor movies, Marvel decided to do a huge pivot in tone for its third, and thank goodness Thor Ragnarok did. I’m not saying that Thor (2011) and Thor The Dark World (2013) aren’t good — they just aren’t the best Marvel films, but they are surely watchable — but we all needed a change from the super-serious family drama spinning around the son of Odin. Enter filmmaker Taika…

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