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Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 11/22/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law

Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild scary action, Running time 97 minutes, Animation/Adventure/Family

Compare to: How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Brave (2012)

Of all the animated films to come out this year, I have to admit that I was looking forward to this one the most. The idea of all these mythical figures coming together to fight the personification of an actual nightmare just intrigues me. Was it worth the time? Does it live up to the hype that only Santa can bring?

Depends on what you want to get out of it. Continue reading

Movie Review: Wreck-It Ralph

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 11/02/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk,

Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence, Running time 108 minutes, Animation/Comedy

Compare to: Toy Story (1995), Up (2009)

Of all the arcade games I’ve ever played growing up, Rampage! was my favorite. You picked your giant monster, be it a lizard, a gorilla or a wolf. Then you would proceed to destroy as much of the city as you could before the military destroyed. Reversing this concept is the in-film video game of Fix-It Felix Jr., where the player’s goal is to fix the apartment building that a over-sized hobo is destroying it. It’s one of the many aspects of the movie that will have viewers reminiscing of their days at the arcade while the smooth animation and usual kid-friendly adult joke combine to create a movie that’s not only fun, but gives a message that is normally the exact opposite of what we’re usually given in movies, especially animation.

I’ll get to that in a second. Continue reading