Posts tagged "Disney"

Movie Revue: Frozen, Best Man, Dallas Buyers, All Is Lost, Oldboy

Movie Revue: Frozen, Best Man, Dallas Buyers, All Is Lost, Oldboy
Movie Revue is a collection of capsule reviews of some of the latest releases in theaters, On Demand, and everywhere in between. FROZEN.  With Frozen, Disney Animation has officially out-Pixar’d Pixar.  Just look at the last three Disney titles (this, Tangled, Wreck-It-Ralph) compared to Pixar’s (Cars 2, Brave, Monsters University).  Kind of speaks for itself,... Read more »

Movie Review: Oz The Great and Powerful (***)

Movie Review: Oz The Great and Powerful (***)
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Genre: Fantasy Adventure Rating: PG Running Time: 130 mins. Premise: A prequel to The Wizard of Oz.  Circus illusionist Oz (James Franco) gets swept up in a tornado and finds himself in the magical land of Oz.  With the help of a flying monkey in a bellhop uniform, a china doll girl,... Read more »

"Brave" Proves That Even Mediocre Pixar Is Still Worth Seeing

"Brave" Proves That Even Mediocre Pixar Is Still Worth Seeing
BRAVE Genre: Animated action drama Premise: Faced with an unwanted arranged marriage, young and headstrong Merida (voiced by Kelly MacDonald) sets out to buck the expectations of her parents, change her fate and rewrite destiny.  Cue the bears. Behind-the-Scenes: Long deemed a “boys club,” this was supposed to be Pixar’s first movie directed by a woman – Brenda... Read more »
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Movie Review: John Carter (**1/2)

Movie Review: John Carter (**1/2)
JOHN CARTER Genre: Sci-Fi Action Adventure Premise: A rugged Civil War vet (FNL’s Taylor Kitsch) is transplanted to Mars, where he finds himself in the middle of a Martian conflict between races and a brave princess (Lynn Collins) in need of a savior. Behind-the-Scenes: Making news more for its budget (over $250 mil) than its quality.  Based on... Read more »

A "Worst of the Year" 1-2 Punch: Ghost Rider and This Means War

A "Worst of the Year" 1-2 Punch: Ghost Rider and This Means War
Mark it down: by year’s end, we’ll look back at Feb. 17-19 and realize it was one of the worst moviegoing weekends of the year.  Though it was saved in the end by The Secret World of Arietty and another viewing of Drive on Blu-Ray (which, if you haven’t seen, you need to), the two... Read more »

Movie Review - Winnie the Pooh (***1/2 out of 5)

Movie Review - Winnie the Pooh (***1/2 out of 5)
Disney has released Pooh-related movies fairly regularly for the last few years, but none have come as close to capturing the spirit of the classic Adventures of Winnie the Pooh as the new (and imaginatively named) Winnie the Pooh.  Kids and parents tired of all the PG-13 blockbuster shenanigans can relax in the sweet, good-natured... Read more »
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Movie Review - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (**)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES.  141 mins.  PG-13.  Directed by Rob Marshall.  Written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. Alright, I’m just going to come right out and say it: the first Pirates of the Caribbean was just okay.  Good even.  A fun summer movie.  But not great.  Certainly not worthy of three... Read more »

Movie Review - Prom (**)

PROM.  103 mins.  PG.  Directed by Joe Nussbaum.  Written by Katie Wech. I recognize that I’m no longer the target audience for Disney’s Prom, so it makes sense why I wouldn’t necessarily take to it, but I can’t imagine any real high schoolers about to head to their own prom liking it either.  Earnest and... Read more »

The Mouse House: A Look at Tangled and Other Disney Classics

BY ROBERT HAMMERLE, special guest contributor to Hammervision The sad but undeniable truth is that most “Baby Boomers,” including myself, have had a special relationship with Walt Disney that is impossible to define. Like Konrad Lorenz’s famous study involving geese, we were imprinted at an early age. Just as we hit our pre-teen years in... Read more »
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Review - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (*1/2)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.  116 mins.  PG-13.  Directed by Mike Newell.  Written by Boaz Yakin and Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard.  Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, and Alfred Molina. Prince of Persia finds producerJerry Bruckheimer trying to mine the same formula that made Pirates of the Caribbean such an all-audience smash hit back... Read more »