Despicable Me 2 (2013)

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Despicable Me was surprisingly good. It blended a strange, almost subversive sense of humor with a sweet story and cool soundtrack to set itself apart from the animated pack. It’s not crazy to assume that this same recipe would work a second time around. But Despicable Me 2 comes up a bit short. Continue reading


How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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How to Train Your Dragon is the kind of animated film that makes me sorry I’m such an animation snob. If it’s not Pixar I probably won’t see it in theaters. If it’s Disney I might, only because they’ve once again proven themselves as a studio worth my time and money in recent years. But for some reason I still find it easy to ignore Dreamworks, despite some great movies coming from them over the past decade plus. Continue reading

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

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Watching Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within for the first time was an interesting experience. I have no previous knowledge of the video games that inspired the movie, and my memories of its theatrical release are vague. This is truly one of the few films for which I had zero expectations going in. My mind was a blank slate, ready to take in the story and computer graphics. Continue reading