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Everything is awesome about The LEGO® Movie

In Movie, Review by Chris

I’m not going to build your interest in this film by stacking pun after pun, from fear of you throwing bricks at me. That would be too easy….like Duplo® easy. Instead I had hoped we could interlock our interest for an amazing brand by constructing only the details. So, block out any distractions and enjoy this well-assembled formation of words. Respect the pun, kids.

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Final DIVERGENT trailer impresses rapidly growing fan base!

In Movie, Promotional by Chris

The rapidly growing fan base surrounding Veronica Roth’s Worldwide best-selling novel were treated today with the release of the movie adaption’s final trailer. Directed by Neil Burger and screenplay written by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor, Divergent arrives in theaters & IMAX nationwide March 21, 2014. In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their …

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Review: Frozen

In Movie, Review by Chris

Frozen, like the similar Tangled, is a gorgeously animated picture; but is further evidence that reviving the golden age of Disney musicals is a tough feat. Frozen hits theaters November 26, 2013. Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor. The Arendelle King, presumably of Norwegian or Scandinavian relation, discovers his daughter Elsa (Idina Menzel) has supernatural freezing abilities, …

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Review » Thor: The Dark World

In Movie, Review by Chris

Expensive computer-generated landscapes and effects bedeck Earth’s Mightiest Avenger sequel, but combined with formula “save-the-universe” story and Hiddleston’s allowance to overshadow Hemsworth; Thor: The Dark World is simply not good enough. Thor 2 lands in theaters November 8, 2013. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content. Thor’s opening sequence is backstory narration on …

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Review: Pacific Rim

In Movie, Review by Chris

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim can be summarized with one word: BIG. Big robots, big monsters, big characters, big action, big everything. Hideo Kojima (video game maker, Metal Gear) tweeted, “Pacific Rim is the ultimate otaku film that all of us had always been waiting for…”. In many ways, it is. The initial Rim teaser trailer immediately reminded me of a childhood fave, Robot Jox. Let me know if you’ve heard of it. Jox was a cheesy robot vs. robot war flick from the 80s, which borrowed from otaku (anime/manga obsession) and capitalized on the decade’s Transformers craze. Pacific Rim is similar, which turned out as the childhood memory I had always been waiting to revisit. I sat glued to the back of my seat for the next two hours.

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Review » Monsters University

In Movie, Review by Chris

Pixar looks to pop-culture fave Revenge of the Nerds, for inspiration in its new animated feature, Monsters University. University may not be original in its narrative, but is raucously entertaining. The film is a pleasant family experience, riddled with bouncy drum lines, offhand humor and inventive characters. In terms of enthusiastic execution, Monsters University excels.