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by JLFM
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Full Reviews
Topic: The Boss Baby (2017)
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Views: 223

The Boss Baby (2017)

Dreamworks Animation has finally made a film even weirder than Bee Movie, and it's one of the year's most disturbing films. The Boss Baby (directed by Dreamworks veteran Tom McGrath) seems innocuous enough by the trailers, but its squeamish premise of a man trapped in a baby's body is uncomfortable ...
by JLFM
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Full Reviews
Topic: The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
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Views: 236

The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)

Three directors, six producers, six writers, and seven credits for story. It's much ado about nothing for a mildly received animation film that didn't particularly excite audiences or critics. The Lego Ninjago Movie was never a terribly promising sounding feature (what the heck is a Ninjago?), and t...
by JLFM
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Full Reviews
Topic: Get Out (2017)
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Views: 183

Get Out (2017)

A genre film fan's dream. Comedy, horror, thrills and chills, all coated in a dark candy shell. While some may presume that the extremely positive reception of Get Out has more to do with its politics (which are incidentally handled surprisingly deftly for the most part), this is a beautifully craft...
by JLFM
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Full Reviews
Topic: Beauty and the Beast (2017)
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Views: 170

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

The beast has abs. In a way, that single sentence functions as well as an entire review of Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, in that it effectively hones in on the film's biggest problem; messing with perfection by making small, yet absurd and destructive, changes in hopes of givi...
by JLFM
Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Full Reviews
Topic: Only Yesterday (1991)
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Views: 205

Only Yesterday (1991)

Isao Takahata's acclaimed 1991 animated feature for Studio Ghibli, Only Yesterday, took twenty-five years to make it to U.S. theaters, but the film's beauty and poignancy remains as lovely and engrossing as it did so long ago. Notable for its more adult tone and apathy to the interests of children, ...
by JLFM
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Full Reviews
Topic: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
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Views: 168

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

It's a little sad to see the integration of computer-generated imagery mingling among the hand-drawn animation in Dreamworks' Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. While well accomplished and occasionally quite lovely to look at, it was done under the hope that CG and 2D animation could peacefully co-ex...
by JLFM
Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Full Reviews
Topic: Logan Lucky (2017)
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Views: 198

Logan Lucky (2017)

Owing as much to Ocean's Eleven as it does to Fantastic Mr. Fox, Logan Lucky is a Summer highlight (as if those two film comparisons could be read as anything other than a ringing endorsement). Steven Soderbergh's breezy heist movie brings a folksy setting and quirky, offbeat humor to the mix, offer...
by JLFM
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Full Reviews
Topic: Planet of the Apes (1968)
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Views: 216

Planet of the Apes (1968)

It's a bit surprising to consider that the 1968 sci-fi classic, Planet of the Apes, was able to spawn a five film series (before gaining new life in the 21st century as is now the custom for all popular sci-fi properties). It's an odd film to say the least, somewhat slow in pace, and full of philoso...
by JLFM
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Full Reviews
Topic: A Ghost Story (2017)
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Views: 215

A Ghost Story (2017)

It is perhaps inevitable that a film titled A Ghost Story would be so haunting, but that's nearly the only thing one could expect beforehand. David Lowery's latest film is slow, ponderous, completely mesmerizing. It hurts to simply spout buzz words like "daring," "original," and ...
by JLFM
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Full Reviews
Topic: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
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Views: 186

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

It would be easy to call Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back, but that's too much of a compliment for Star Wars. The French comic book adaption by Luc Besson creates a world that matches that of Star Wars in density while arguably exceedi...

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