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  • ‘The Book of Life’ a lively treat
    ‘The Book of Life’ a lively treat

    Animated film offers a glimpse of The Day of the Dead

    There’s nothing wrong with cinema that is inspired by other source material. Reinventing a tale within the boundaries of a new medium is one of the foundations of storytelling. That said, it is undeniably intriguing when an original idea makes its first appearance on the screen.

  • Relater of Unusual Stories – ‘As You Wish’
    Relater of Unusual Stories – ‘As You Wish’

    Cary Elwes book tells the tale of making of “The Princess Bride”

    It’s difficult to say just what makes a film transcend mere popularity to become a true pop cultural touchstone. When a variety of factors are combined in just the right amounts at exactly the right time, a movie can become an integral part of an entire generation or even generations.

  • A not-so-bad ‘Very Bad Day’
    A not-so-bad ‘Very Bad Day’

    ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’

    The realm of children’s movies has been more or less dominated by animation in recent years. It seems that the current cinematic climate doesn’t have much room for live-action films aimed specifically at the younger set. There are exceptions, of course, but it seems that we see far fewer of those sorts of films these days.

  • Judge not, lest ye be judged
    Judge not, lest ye be judged

    ‘The Judge’ offers both humor and pathos

    Our tendency as moviegoers is to pigeonhole films. We like to be able to easily categorize them – comedy, drama, action, romance … you know the drill. But some films consciously strive to defy easy classification. Sometimes, these movies are more than the sum of their parts. Other times, they are little more than muddled messes.

  • The thrill is gone
    The thrill is gone

    ‘Gone Girl’ one of the best films of the year

    Bringing a massively popular book to the big screen isn’t necessarily an easy task.

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