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FROZEN: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Frozen (2013) – The 53rd Walt Disney Animated Feature – Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee – Starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Maurice Lamarche, and Jennifer Lee. Perhaps Walt Disney will never recapture the cultural dominance of the Renaissance (the ten-year period from 1989-1999…

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FREE BIRDS: The Pardoned Turkey

Free Birds (2013) – Directed by Jimmy Hayward – Starring Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, and Dwight Howard. Man, there are times when I’m watching a movie and am hit straight in the face with the fact that I’m kind of an asshole. FREE BIRDS is…

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EPIC: Many Leaves, One Tree

Epic (2013) – Directed by Chris Wedge – Starring Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Judah Friedlander, John DiMaggio, Kyle Kinane, and Beyoncé Knowles. The low-hanging fruit here is to point out that EPIC is not, in fact, very epic. It is, however, a…

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SCOOBY-DOO WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY!: Who’s Awesome? I’m Awesome

Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery! (2014) – Directed by Brandon Vietti – Starring Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle-Griffin, Matthew Lillard, Charles S. Dutton, Mary McCormack, John Cena, Brodus Clay, Michael Cole, Kane, AJ Lee, Santino, The Miz, Triple H, Vince McMahon, Corey Burton, Bumper Robinson, Fred Tatasciore. I’m not generally a fan of Scooby-Doo mysteries co-starring…

PARANORMAN: I Wish I Understood You

ParaNorman (2012) – Directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler – Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, Jodelle Micah Ferland, John Goodman, and Tempestt Bledsoe. PARANORMAN is a ridiculously dumb title, but that’s the only thing this movie does poorly. PARANORMAN is…

SHREK 2: We are Definitely Not in the Swamp Anymore

Shrek 2 (2004) – Directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon – Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders, and Tom Waits. SHREK 2 is a solid animated feature, artfully blending a good story, good characters, and excellent visuals. It’s funny, but with…

EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS: Happy Chanukah to Our Wonderful Son

Eight Crazy Nights (2002) – Directed by Seth Kearsley and Adam Sandler – Starring Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone, Kevin Nealon, Jon Lovitz, Tyra Banks, and Carl Weathers. Early on in the holiday anti-classic EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS, repulsive Davey Stone (Adam Sandler) is having dinner at a Chinese restaurant and the waiter, Mr. Chang (Rob Schneider),…