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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) PG 94min

July 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

This is the third installment of the “Ice Age” animated trilogy from 20th Century Fox Studios.
The plot: After mammoth Manny (Ray Romano) met Ellie (Queen Latifah) in “Ice Age: The Meltdown”, the previous episode, the couple now [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Movies · USA

10-point review of Disney/Pixar’s “Up” (2009) PG 96min

June 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Up (2009) PG 96min

Disney/Pixar’s “Up” comes out almost 11 m0nths after release of “WALL-E” last summer. It was written and directed by Pete Docter (Toy Story 1&2, Monster, Inc., WALL-E) and Bob Peterson (Finding Nemo), who also gave his voice to the [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Drama · Movies · USA

Monsters vs Aliens – 3D (2009) PG 94min

April 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Monsters vs Aliens – 3D (2009)

“Monsters vs Aliens” is a new 3D animated feature from DreamWorks Animation. Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon, written by Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Rob Letterman, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.
The plot: Susan (Reese Witherspoon) was about to get [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Disaster · Fantasy · Movies · Sci-Fi · USA

The Tale of Despereaux (2008) G 100min

December 28th, 2008 · No Comments

The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

This 3D-animated adventure based on Kate DiCamillo’s book was directed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen, featuring voices of Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, Matthew Broderic, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Klein and others.
The plot: The lives of three heroes, [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · USA

Persepolis (2007) PG-13 138min

September 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Persepolis (2007)

Persepolis is a political film describing life in Iran over the past 40 years in the form of… animated story.
The plot: Marjane Satrapi, director and writer of the movie, uses the comic and now the cartoon to tell the story of her [...]

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Tags: Animation · Black and White · DVD · Drama · France · Movies

WALL-E (2008) G 103min

June 30th, 2008 · 3 Comments

WALL-E (2008)

Another warm, thought-provoking and wonderfully animated movie from Disney Pixar, written and directed by Andrew Stanton.
The plot: In the not-so-far future humans trashed and polluted planet Earth and even space surrounding it so much, that life can no longer be sustained and they had [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · Romance · Sci-Fi

Review of “Surf’s Up” (2007) PG 85min

April 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The plot: The reality/documentary follows Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), a teenage Royal Penguin, and his friend Chicken Joe (Jon Heder), as Cody leaves his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, to participate in “Big Z Memorial Surf Off” competition commemorating deceased surfing star Big Z (Jeff Bridges) on Pen Gu Island.

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · DVD · Movies · Sports Films

Review of “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” (2008) G 88min

March 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This 3D animated film based on Dr. Seuss’ (Theodore Geisel) short story is directed by Pixar veteran Jimmy Heyward and Steve Martino and produced by Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios – the creators of the Ice Age and special effects [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · USA

Review of “Over The Hedge” (2006) PG 83min

March 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Over The Hedge (2006)

This DreamWorks studio’s animated adventure directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick won several awards, such as Best Family Film at Indianapolis International Film Festival and Best Animated Film at Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards. Some well-known actors have [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · DVD · Movies · USA

Review of “Shrek The Third” (2007) PG 92min – DVD

December 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Shrek The Third (2007)

The plot: when the frog-king ‘croaks’, Shrek (Mike Myers) is looked at as the next successor to the throne of the Far, Far Away. Shrek, however, believes he is not the right candidate for wearing the crown, and dreams of [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Animation · Comedy · DVD · Fantasy · Movies

Review of “Enchanted” (2007) PG 107min

December 1st, 2007 · 1 Comment

This movie was…………………. really fun! Very enjoyable! An unexpected surprise. Clever and charming. We went to see it in the theatre because nothing else was staring within 20 minutes and I thought I’d treat Elena to a movie she might like for once: [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Chick Flick · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · Musicals · Romance

Review of “Arthur and the Invisibles” (2006) PG 103min

November 28th, 2007 · No Comments

This film comes from a great French director Luc Besson, who is the king of French action movies. Here in the U.S. of A. we know him for creating “The Fifth Element“, which he conceived when he was a teenager, for [briefly] being [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · DVD · Fantasy · Movies

Beowulf (2007) PG-13 113min

November 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Beowulf (2007)

Just came out of the theatre. Saw it in both regular and 3D. This movie should only be seen in 3D! Completely different experience.
The plot is based on the only known surviving Anglo-Saxon poetry manuscript about a warrior Beowulf, hero of Geats [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Drama · Fantasy · Movies

Bee Movie (2007) PG 90min

November 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Lovely and funny animated feature for the whole family about a bee who discovers that humans steal honey from bees and decides to sure the Humanity.

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Tags: Animation · Comedy · Movies

Cars come out on Blu-Ray on Nov 6

November 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Pixar animated feature is coming out on Blu-Ray disk on November 6 – same date that Disney also chose to release Ratatouille on.

Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is a hot-shot popular race car with a lot of trophies behind his belt and huge sponsorhip [...]

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Tags: Animation · Comedy · Film Categories

Flushed Away (2006)

September 11th, 2007 · No Comments

Flushed Away (2006)

“Flushed Away” did not make me laugh, just a forced smile here and there. It’s not entirely bad, but not exciting either. I watched this 3D animated feature on DVD, so I don’t know if children will like it.
Rody (Hugh Jackman) is [...]

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Tags: Animation · DVD · Movies · UK

Monster House (2006)

August 16th, 2007 · No Comments

Monster House (2006)

Starts with music typical for horror movies and the image of the fall. Liefs all turn brown and red. Probably middle of October, which implies that Halloween is soon. Oh, yeah – that’s what kids say: Halloween in one day. One [...]

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Tags: Animation · DVD · Movies

Ratatouille (2007)

June 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Ratatouille (2007)

Great dish! Thanks, Pixar, for another great feature! What a joy to watch!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
We saw it either on the opening night or the night after. Lines were big and the theater was packed. Of course, a lot [...]

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Tags: Animation · Comedy · Movies