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Entries Tagged as 'Family'

The Blind Side

May 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Alright, I’ll admit it. I enjoyed this film a lot more that I expected. Yes, there are parts of it that are patronizing (many caused from playing the younger brother for laughs), and the story is too saccharine for my tastes. But there are worse films one could imagine being offered on a long flight. [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Capsule · Drama · Family · Popcorn

The Ant Bully

April 9th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Comedy · Drama · Family · Rating · Sci-Fi/Fantasy


March 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Director · Family · Rating · Sci-Fi/Fantasy

The Water Horse

February 5th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Drama · Family · Rating · Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

January 28th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Family · Rating · Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

January 1st, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Animation · Family · Rating

Race to Witch Mountain

August 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Anyone of a certain age is sure to remember the Witch Mountain movies of the late 1970s, in which a pair of otherworldly kids with telepathic and telekinetic powers were constantly on the run from some threat of another. (Okay, I don’t remember the details, only that the girl Tia had a cool name and [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Capsule · Family · Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Journey to the Center of the Earth

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

In Brendan Fraser, the producers of Journey to the Center of the Earth must have been looking for someone who wouldn’t distract from the real star of the film: the multitude of special effects shots. In fact, Fraser’s acting style could very well be computer generated, making him seem right at home among the subterranean [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Capsule · Family · Popcorn · Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Kung Fu Panda

May 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

Despite the fact that its title seems more like the synopsis of the studio pitch meeting that okayed the project (“It’s got kung fu! It’s got a panda! We think we can get Jack Black!”), Kung Fu Panda is a solidly middle-of-the-road animated feature that parents can happily let their children embrace. While it might not [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Animation · Capsule · Comedy · Family


April 26th, 2009 · No Comments

For our son’s first birthday, my wife and I bought him a copy of the restored, blu-ray edition of Pinocchio. This time around he stopped his frenetic crawling and climbing long enough to gawk in delight at a few scenes, but bedtime came before the film finished. What struck me the most, watching the rest [...]

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Tags: Animation · Capsule · Family


March 28th, 2009 · No Comments

I rarely begin watching an animated film produced by an American studio with high expectations. There is apparently something about creating a film aimed at both children and adults that tends to bring out the worst tendencies in organizations already trying too hard for broad-based appeal.  Having said that, when an exception comes along, it [...]

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Tags: Animation · Capsule · Family

To Be and To Have

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

On Sunday I will attend a screening of Singing In the Rain as part of a memorial service for a long-time supporter of the Gene Siskel Film Center.  It is a really wonderful idea, but one which got me thinking: if I were to request a cinema-going send-off for my earthly body, what movie would I select? The [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Documentary · Family · Foreign Language

Princes and Princesses

March 16th, 2009 · No Comments

When recently discussing Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, I mentioned that I watched the feature-length animation via an online stream at The Auteurs, a site which provides a glimpse into what is likely to be a major component of the future of cinematic consumption.  While the site’s design is refreshingly simple, it is the technology underneath [...]

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Tags: Animation · Capsule · Family · Foreign Language

Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

March 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Having recently seen Michel Ocelot’s most recent film, Azur & Asmar, on the big screen, I was looking forward to checking out this, the sequel to his highly regarded feature-length debut, Kirikou and the Sorceress. Turns out that Kirikou and the Wild Beasts is one of a frustratingly small group of films available for full size streaming [...]

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Tags: Animation · Capsule · Family · Foreign Language

Under the Same Moon

January 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

With a title like Under the Same Moon and a story about a nine-year-old Mexican boy who longs to be reunited with his mother (who crossed the border four years ago in order to send money back to support him), one might expect to grab a hanky and be taken on an emotional ride. And [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Drama · Family · Foreign Language