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Posts tagged ‘Family Films’

12
Mar

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Rise of the Guardians (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Here is a terrifically energetic superhero film that‘s disguised as a holiday themed family film. Our team of superheroes is composed of a Russian gangster version Santa Clause (voiced by Alec Baldwin); a six-foot tall Australian Easter Bunny (voiced by Hugh Jackman); a tiny, adorable version of the Tooth Fairy (voiced by Isla Fisher); and a mute, spiky-haired Sandman. They are known as Guardians and they protect every citizen on earth at all times. Read more »

23
Jul

Photo Play: Chicken Run (2000)

by HELEN GEIB

This month on Photo Play: four wars, four POW escapes… and one bonus chicken run

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1
Jul

Capsule Movie Review – Brave (2012)

by HELEN GEIB

Brave advocates for female succession and women in the military and against arranged marriage. With the global reach of Pixar’s films, it will undoubtedly be seen in many areas of the world where those battles are ongoing. In its home country, its strongest feminist statement is more subtle, made as much by the pairing of audience and story as by the story in itself: a mass-market animated family film that is a girl’s coming-of-age story, where the central storyline is the growing pains in her relationship with her mother and the only romance is her parents’ marriage. Read more »

23
May

Trailers for Movies I Like: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series. Title self-explanatory.

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19
May

Capsule Movie Review – The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

by HELEN GEIB

A new film by Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run) sells itself to their many fans. For The Pirates! Band of Misfits, based on a children’s book series, they bring their signature stop-motion claymation to a jolly tale of adventure on the high seas. Read more »

7
Apr

Capsule Movie Review – Mirror Mirror (2012)

by HELEN GEIB

Director Tarsem’s Mirror Mirror is a family friendly re-telling of the Snow White fairytale, revamped for contemporary tastes and with the emphasis on comedy. Snow White (Lily Collins)- her friends call her Snow- is still sweet and lovely, but doesn’t go to sleep. In fact, her concern for her impoverished subjects motivates her to join the dwarves’ band of highwaymen. Yes I said highwaymen: formerly respectable townsfolk, they were banished by edict of the evil queen and took up residence in a mammoth tree stump in the perpetually snow-covered beech forest outside the castle. Read more »

6
Mar

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Hugo (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

There exist countless films exploring mankind’s love for film made throughout the past 127 years and many have delivered on their premise. But as of late, none have delivered a more beautiful looking, heartfelt film than Scorsese has with Hugo (yes, I’ve watched The Artist). Read more »

24
Jan

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Real Steel (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

There comes a point, usually very early in a film when the audience understands that it needs to suspend disbelief; and it does so willingly. In Real Steel, it was the premise alone that made me suspend my disbelief and just from watching the trailers. The basic idea that the logical next step in the evolution of the blood sport- the blood sport starting with the gladiatorial arenas in ancient Rome and ending up in our current times with hockey and boxing- is robots beating the tar out of one another in a ring is preposterous. When flesh and blood are removed from the equation, it’s no longer a blood sport, and therefore robot fighting can’t be the next logical step. But Real Steel makes you forget that from early on. Unless you want to hate the film anyway. In which case, why would you watch it? Read more »

14
Jan

Movie Review – The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

After a 23 year hiatus, Indiana Jones left us begging for more but has at last managed to wrap up the trilogy. Wait… I could have sworn that there was another Indy film that came out in 2007…. Oh, wait! No! It was just a nightmare that the entire planet shared. Well, back to the point: We last saw Indiana Jones Jr. and Sr. drink from the Holy Grail and ride off into the sunset, both literally and metaphorically. And now, master filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s first adaptation of the beloved Tintin cartoon books and animated series has hit the big screens in an all new 3D animated, motion captured, action/adventure extravaganza. It’s nothing short of breathtaking. Read more »

13
Dec

DVD of the Week – Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

When Kung Fu Panda (2008) first appeared, out of the blue it was a huge success. Fusing Kung Fu lore with a 3D animated family film was a terrific idea and it worked mainly due to its cinematography, fight choreography, and sheer amount of various colors. Now comes a rarity: a sequel that trumps its predecessor in virtually every department. Read more »