Review: Turbo (2013)At some point, alas, it becomes apparent that Turbo’s more daring elements are all surface, and the story is locked into a well-worn path to an all-too-obvious destination. Writing about Monsters University, I noted that, like many other Pixar films, it pours cold water on the familiar family-film platitude that you can achieve anything you put your mind to if you just want it enough. Turbo embraces the platitude.
Post: Despicable Me 2 [video]He was bad to the bone. Now he’s Dad to the bone. Does his mojo survive the transition? Despicable Me 2: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.
Review: Despicable Me 2 (2013)“Dr. Evil without Austin Powers,” I called Gru in my review of Despicable Me. Turning Dr. Evil into Austin Powers (mutatis mutandis, for a family film) is the best possible way to keep the reformed character from losing his mojo. (Oh, how Mike Myers has influenced this discussion!)
Review: The Lone Ranger (2013)Even more than Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger is the poster child for our culture’s terminal inability to offer children today heroic role models … I’ve seen many movies that were objectively worse than The Lone Ranger. Very few have made me angrier.
Post: World War Z [video]It’s the end of the world was we know it … again. World War Z: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.
Review: Monsters University (2013)Monsters University, from first-time director Dan Scanlon, is a charming, well-crafted trifle — at least until the subversive last act, when it sets its sights a bit higher.
Post: Man of Steel [video]A Superman movie for our times — but is that a good thing? Man of Steel: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.
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Review: Man of Steel (2013)To borrow a line from Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight: This isn’t the Superman movie we need, but it’s the one we deserve.
Post: Now You See Me [video]The closer you look, the less you see? Now You See Me: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.
Post: After Earth [video]Is After Earth really as bad as people are saying? Here’s my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.
Article: Top 10 Movie DadsPicking the top 10 movie dads was both easier and harder than picking the top 10 movie moms. Easier, because there were more candidates to choose from — and harder for the same reason!
Review: Epic (2013)At its best, Epic produces images of poetic power, even grandeur … The catch is that the world the filmmakers create is far more interesting than the story they tell in it or the characters they put in it.
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