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Zemeckis’ Beowulf Movie Review: Making a Statement
Everybody knows, or at the least, has already heard about the epic poem Beowulf in school, or perhaps, with the past movie starring Gerard Butler as Beowulf in the 2005 live action film offer Beowulf and Grendel. So what’s the fuss about making a new Beowulf version? Director Robert Zemeckis utilizes the latest motion-control technology available to tell a tale approximately 1,400 years old in an astonishingly new way… a sensory animation experience appealing to the eyes and ears in its 3D glory.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Movie Review: A Slick and Solid Family Slapstick
Catch colorful candies and marshmallows from the sky. Play around ice cream snowballs. Hop around nacho cheese fountains. Slide onto a giant gumball hill. Go gaga with a palace of Jell-O. Get endless supply of jellybeans. Then there comes the massive pancakes, tornadoes of pasta, pools of nacho cheese, hailstorm of jellybeans, ice cream blizzard, pizza flurries, and deadly gummy bears… Suddenly, it’s raining steak and gumballs! It’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Corpse Bride Movie Review: A Charming Grave Fairy Tale
Behind its eerie theme, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride is fun, genial, expressive and charming. This semi-musical stop-motion animation celluloid baby is set at death’s door and salutes the liberating power of true love and sacrifice.
Dawn of the Dinosaurs Movie Review: The Dino-Ice Adventure
Looks like the Ice Age series is not yet too close to extinction. Since the trailers of this third offer of the franchise, there is no doubt that Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs has that appealing energy based on the film’s overall charm. It has well-paced comic moments.
Happy Feet Movie Review: A “Happy Feat”
Happy Feet drapes a relatively conventional story about the world of the emperor penguins who find their soulmates through songs. At first, it simply seems to be riding on the popularity of March of the Penguins and other penguin-inspired blockbuster hits (just merely transforming itself into an animated musical version). Yet, it actually turns out to have this certain kind of twist to it, more than the expectation of being a mere March of the Penguinscopycat. The film reveals themes that are quite different from a supposedly predictable story.
Kung Fu Panda Movie Review: The Unlikely Hero’s Destiny
Cinematically charming and ingenious, this animated cross between the elements of movies like Forbidden Kingdom and the premise of the likes of Karate Kid is definitely sweeter than expected. It actually shows more heart than you might think. This animated movie is loaded with comedy and action while keeping itself as a solid family film material through that black-and-white face of cuteness of its panda protagonist.
Meet the Robinsons Movie Review: A Quirk-filled Delight
The brightly animated, spunky, and futuristic sci-fi animated film Meet the Robinsons delivers an engagingly absurd time travel adventure filled with freewheeling imagination.
Open Season Movie Review: Animals and Animation
An overly familiar but nevertheless appealing animated flick, Open Season is best suited for the pre-teen demographic, going up. While the movie provides a passable tale that is mildly humorous and zany to keep things interesting enough, the gleeful violence to animals and humans seem to be too much for really strict parents.
Ratatouille Movie Review: A Delectable Cinematic Experience
The technically, thematically, and emotionally accomplished Ratatouille is a gourmet treat. With such taste for hearty aesthetics, it has all the ingredients of a masterpiece. As it goes beyond the pre-conceived boundaries explored by its story, this film leaves you with that feeling of wanting to see it again as soon as it’s over.
RPG Metanoia Movie Review: On Leveling Up and Being Filipino
More than just being the first full-length computer animation film to have a theatrical release in 3D, RPG Metanoia is a must-see Filipino motion picture offer for its story, values, and aesthetics. It is so far, the best Filipino mainstream animation film I have seen to date.
Shrek Forever After Movie Review: Happily Ogre After?
For its long-time followers, Shrek Forever After is passable entertainment. It’s for those who have grown with the franchise’s predecessors and not the type that can add any new toddler fans. In any case, the franchise still has good DVD and Blu-ray markets. It is undoubtedly a solid film franchise that wraps up the Shrek DVD and Blu-ray collections; and it has a potentially good spot for top home video sales charts.
Shrek Forever After Movie Review: Ogre Forever After
Shrek Forever After is technically fine, but it’s only mildly entertaining. While the pleasant nostalgia is a given that it renders something familiarly successful, the monstrously good fun has already faded for this fourth and last installment of the Shrek franchise. In comparison, it goes “far, far away” from the first two of the now four Shrek movies. It is not exactly “cat-astrophic nor ri-donke-lous,” at the least. Its saving graces are the solid performances for the movie’s bankable characters that breathe life into this commercially mandated and creatively bankrupt effort.
Shrek the Third Movie Review: The Slapstick Third
The Shrek franchise comes up with its third installment quite inferior to the first two. Shrek the Third tries to do its best to bring out some laugh-inducing slapstick from the can. At the least, it has the very humor that Shrek fans have come to expect. The jokes and comic pacing and nearly constant, with enough silliness for its type of comedy.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie Review: The “Force” to Reckon With
Star Wars: The Clone Wars showcases itself as a big marketing project offering a cinematic pilot for the upcoming TV series and video game tie-in of one of the most famous sci-fi franchise in film history.
The Polar Express Movie Review: A 3D Christmas Treat
As one of the first batch of movies that spread the use of 3D stereoscopic technology, the 3D version of The Polar Express delivers a specific sensation paving way to two major pronouncements about the film: providing captivatingly fresh and interesting 3D-generated roller-coaster thrills; and featuring somewhat creepy, unnatural look and feel of the dead-eyed and wax-like characters with their eyes missing sparkles. Overall, it really depends on one’s taste.
The Wild Movie Review: The Wild Digs Quite Shallow
The Wild is a pastiche of so many other animated kid flicks about father issues, relationships, discrimination and acceptance. With its plot being a broad combination of Madagascar, Finding Nemo, Lion King and some other children’s animation films, it sarcastically becomes ” Finding the King in Madagascar .”
Toy Story 3 Movie Review: Toys to Infinity and Beyond
Like the first two films, Toy Story 3 simply captures you with emotional magic in film form. Entertaining, well-crafted, and emotional, this third film of the historical animated film franchise is powered by fun, fueled by intellect, and driven by heart. It is a fitting finale for a Pixar animated trilogy perfected in tone, delivery, timing, humor, and drama. Its charm goes to infinity and beyond.
Valiant Movie Review: Messenger Pigeons of WWII
It is a tough decision to make a war story into a child-friendly animation movie as Valiant . The film is funny enough for an animation seen by adult eyes. The movie features British carrier pigeons, German falcons, armies and a world war. But overall, it caters more into the senior crowd than children who love to see more lovable or maybe goofy characters on screen.
Up Movie Review: Pixar Goes Up, Up and Away
Pixar’s Up further strengthens its impressive track record of making noteworthy animated films. It provides a symphonic balance of touching silence and witty dialogue where the flight of fancy is carefully crafted through a wildly creative fantasy, inner childhood, and rediscovery.
Wall-E Movie Review: A Robot’s Heart
For the “nth time,” Pixar creates an animated masterpiece pushing the limits of computer animation and storytelling possibilities. By now, it’s safe to say that Pixar’s creative genius appears to have no boundaries: from the vastness of the sea to the nooks and cranny of the kitchen to the galaxy far, far away…
Children and Family-friendly Movies:
Alvin and the Chipmunks Movie Review: The Cute Singing Munks
If you are in for a light, nostalgic, and escapist fun time, Alvin and the Chipmunks provides a lively and charming family comedy courtesy of its spritely mischievous and cuddly endearing little creatures Alvin, Simon, and Theodore.
Deep Sea 3D Movie Review: An Underwater Magic Inside the Movie Theater
Do you fancy going for a scuba dive and feel the magic of the sights and sounds of the gasp-provoking array of sea creatures without actually getting wet? Then get ready for a magical experience as you submerge into the coolest underground deserts and forests with Deep Sea 3D . Clocking in at around 40 minutes, this film shows how the sight of the real becomes magic in cinematic form. This IMAX experience lets you sink way down for an amazing acquaintance with the grandeur of the deep seas and the spectacular IMAX 3D underwater cinematography. Indeed, with 3D images so crisp and engrossing, such an IMAX movie in 3D takes you to another world.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Movie Review: Part 1 – Burton’s Chocolific, Expressionistic Film
Director Tim Burton breathes new life to Roald Dahl’s 1964 sweet tale and makes it into a new celluloid confectionery. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a gothic and yet colorful fantasy filled with the eccentricity only Burton gets to achieve as an auteur.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Movie Review: Part 2 – Burton’s Chocolific, Expressionistic Film
Story and Performances
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory proves that the great director-actor tandem of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is still as remarkable as with their past films as Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, and the list goes on and on. They are known for effectively making quirky characters and bizaare looks in such an orchestrated dimension.
Karate Kid (2010) Movie Review: The Kung Fu Kid
The Karate Kid featuring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan starts off with a considerably sincere showcase of what the movie is all about. From the pop music in its opening credits to the kind of shots it utilizes early on, it’s clearly meant for the young crowd who likes hearty stories and happy endings. This commercially entertaining remake works well for its audience while not being an entire rip-off of the 1984 original. It keeps its spirit alive, except for one disappointing aspect: The Karate Kid is actually The Kung Fu Kid.
March of the Penguins: The Warmth of the Penguins
March of the Penguins is an extraordinary glimpse into the life of the emperor penguins and their magnificent and noble exploration to their tortured life-and-love cycle. This documentary is truly a unique story of love and survival rendered in stunning images. It is beautifully assembled to become a wonderfully moving nature film.
Nanny McPhee Movie Review: An Eye Candy for the Young at Heart
Nanny McPhee has a twisted visual imagination meant for kids. Technically, its cotton candy look has a rich layer of colors ranging from the Disney pastels to the “Roald Dahl-esque” colors.
Night at the Museum Movie Review: A Night to Remember
Night at the Museum comes to life by utilizing a realistic film style while playing around fantastical elements — keeping a child-like sense of wonder that celebrates life and history through a fun-filled, action-packed, and uplifting film for the entire family.
Sky High Movie Review: Soaring High School Heroes and Sidekicks
If you think Hogwarts is the only secret school for extraordinary kids, well there’s also the heroic children’s world of Sky High . This film is a hybrid superhero movie: The Incredibles meets the X-men via Harry Potter . It may be a Disney flick with a big celebration of superhero clichés; but it is entertaining for the very reason that it never claims to be genuinely superior. It has a mediocre and formulaic script and story but it is an engaging family movie.
The Nativity Story Movie Review: A Familiar Tale for the Holiday
Retelling the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, The Nativity Story renders a simple and straightforwward cinematic work humanizing the characters of Mary, Joseph, and their families and associations.
The Pacifier Movie Review: A Pacifying Time at the Theater
After a long, stressful and tiring day from work, watching The Pacifier is a great way to relax and be entertained. The laughs can be helpful for some who actually had the dire need for detoxification after a tiring work day.
Adventureland Movie Review: ‘Roller-Coastering’ Towards Adulthood
Adventureland presents the hearts of teens and young adults fluttering up and down just like riding the roller coaster. It offers a refreshing retro drama-comedy about the joyride of the young adults’ present angst and their preparations for their future.
Blood and Chocolate Movie Review: A Pack of Fangs that Doesn’t Really Bite
For a few good years, vampire movies abound… and the mainstream producers are definitely losing blood for quality stories. Looking for new fangs to bite the moviegoers during its time, it’s the turn of werewolf stories to get featured on the big screen in Blood and Chocolate. It is yet another example of utilizing the vampire sub-genre to get people curious about who and what werewolves are or let them have an escapist time through various fictional-historical inputs, legends, and special effects. Or perhaps, merely let them have a bloody taste of romance, horror, suspense, and sex and violence.
Easy A Movie Review: Easy A is Easily an Awesome Comedy Treat
Easy A kicks off with an awesome opening credits backed up with a fitting voiceover from its main character Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone). It effective sets the mood for this smart high school comedy that boosts its IQ by incorporating parallelisms to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” and infusing valuable references to 1980s teen movies.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Movie Review: The Impressive and Mature Breaking of the ‘Harry Potter’ Mold
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 maneuvers like an independent film fueled by character-driven scenes and heartfelt performances. It is a very moody and atmospheric motion picture offer that works at its best as “half the book’s story.”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Movie Review: A Dark, Adolescent Potter Film
Darker, a little more mature, and a little less magical, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire deals primarily with rejection and hormones as Harry and his friends struggle through the transition from childhood to young adulthood.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Review: Masterful, Moody, and Magnificent
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is by far the best of the series in so many ways. This sixth installment in the Harry Potter film franchise is of the right mix for the specific needs of the story. It is never dumb and yet it is not pretentiously profound. It is smart as it is honest. It is dark as it is funny. It is angsty as it is fun. It is gloomy as it is magical. And above all, it is sincerely the most human.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie review: A Passionately Dementored Fifth
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a deliciously dark affair. It is the needed transitional work in the seven books of J. K. Rowkling.
I Love You, Beth Cooper Movie Review: Flip-flopping with the Farce and the Funny
I Love You, Beth Cooper is average stuff… that is to compare what you see in the unimaginative trailer and what this teen movie rehash actually delivers for its worn out theme and story.
New Moon Movie Review: A Swoon Movie for the Fans
New Moon , the second bite to the hugely popular Twilight saga can’t exactly do the same for the outsiders. It may not be good enough to seduce new fans, but it’s not bad enough to break off relentless infatuations from its very much anticipating target market.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Movie Review
At first, it may seem like a typical adaptation riding on the popularity of the young adult book and best-selling novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares. Yet, it turns out to be more than just a teenybopper movie. It’s a heartwarming episodic story of four best friends spending their first summer apart and sharing a magical pair of jeans fitting all of them perfectly despite the differences of their body frames. To keep in touch, they pass the magical pants to each other as well as the adventures they are going through while apart.
Twilight Movie Review: The Teen Bite of Twilight
From the initial fans of the book to the newly-recruited fans of the Edward-Bella love team, the teen bite of Twilight really gets into the their veins. The formula for its charm is very much apparent. There is that dose of ordinary girl-meets-extraordinary boy who becomes a prince charming to the damsel in distress. There are those key elements for romantic spree backed up by both physical and occult-ish appeal to provide much escapism for its targeted audience. And these float toward the surface of what is supposedly “just another overused teen love story” offering not much of that impressive pursuit for cinematic greatness.
Twilight Saga: Eclipse Movie Review – Eclipse Continues to Suck Blood Out of Pop Culture
Twilight Saga: Eclipse is a compelling sequel certain to enthrall die-hard fans.
Now a historical movie franchise breaking box office records worldwide like its predecessors Twilight and New Moon, this third installment clearly marathons every opportunity to please fans. While they ultimately deserve more, this movie successfully utilizes the right blood type to fuel all its bankable possibilities. And whatever critics and non-fans say, its hard-core followers ultimately back up this romantic fantasy flick as an ultimate cash cow.
Youth in Revolt DVD and Blu-ray Review: When the Oddball Revolts into a Mess
Youth in Revolt is a rehash of your typical youth comedy about a teenage virgin boy struggling to find more excitement in his dull life. As expected, the story takes off when he finally gets the chance to be with a “too good to be true dream girl.”