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Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
05/06/2014 | Comments 0

Sorcerer

William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
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Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo desperately wants to be a summer blockbuster, mimicking those that came before it and did it better.


Youth

Aimee Williams
In cinema, there is a fine, often debatable line separating homage from imitation. Unquestionably, family-friendly sci-fi flick Earth to Echo is of the latter category.
 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2 soars for DreamWorks.


Youth

Phil Bacharach
In 2010, DreamWorks approached the rarified air of Pixar-level animation with How to Train Your Dragon, one of DreamWorks’ few family-friendly offerings that didn’t suffer from an overload of pop culture references. Pixar has proven itself fallible in the ensuing years, but the DreamWorks franchise hasn’t lost any of its fire in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Maleficent

Not without its shortcomings, Disney’s Maleficent features extravagant visuals and a powerful performance from Angelina Jolie.


Youth

Aimee Williams
In Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent, an antiquated fairy tale gets a progressive rewrite and a gratuitous 3-D makeover. Unlike Disney’s previous retellings (Oz the Great and PowerfulAlice in Wonderland), the highly anticipated Maleficent admirably attempts to present fully rounded female characters and make necessary the evil inherent in the 1959 animation. Fans anticipating glamorous malevolence, thanks to Angelina Jolie’s fiercely sculpted cheekbones in promo media, can expect a bit more to the story than sheer vengeance.
 
Monday, June 2, 2014

Monsters University

The college-set Disney/Pixar prequel graduates without honors.


Youth

Phil Bacharach
If Monsters University is any indication of what children think college is like, maybe it’s no wonder that increasing numbers of young people are forgoing higher education. The follow-up to Disney/Pixar 2001’s Monsters, Inc. imagines university life as a suffocating place ruled by mean-spirited cliques and droning professors.
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Frankenweenie

Tim Burton builds a better 'Frankenweenie' and it’s alive! It’s alive! It’s alive with humor and heart.


Youth

Rod Lott
One imagines Frankenweenie is the movie director Tim Burton has been waiting to make his entire life.
 
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

ParaNorman


Youth

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If you haven’t seen 2009’s Coraline, you might be more inclined to surrender yourself to the macabre charm of ParaNorman. Both films, works of stop-motion animation by the Oregon-based Laika company, share much in common: an outcast protagonist, ineffectual grown-ups, visually stunning riffs on the supernatural.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Cat in Paris


Youth

Rod Lott
A Cat in Paris
12:30 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rio

Utterly forgettable


Youth

Phil Bacharach
From the conveyer belt of Fox Animation, “Rio” comes equipped with a predictable story, perfunctory characters and presentable visuals.
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Enjoyable, full of goodwill, but inferior to original


Youth

Rod Lott
Last spring’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” caught me by surprise. Not only was it not painful, but it was genuinely funny — arguably the best family film of the past decade.
 
Monday, March 28, 2011

Megamind

 
Thursday, November 11, 2010

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

 
Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Princess and the Frog

 
Thursday, December 17, 2009

G-Force

 
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox

 
Thursday, December 3, 2009
 
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