|$||72.5M||Iron Man 3|
|$||50.0M||The Great Gatsby (2013)|
|$||5.0M||Pain & Gain|
|As of May 13, 2013|
Prepare to be transported into another world: a world of flying witches, gypsies and armoured bears, a world where a person’s soul takes the form of an animal. These animals walk and talk with their other halves like a conscience or a friend, a friend so close that if they are ever separated, they die. It is a world similar to our own and yet very different. This is the incredible world of the Golden Compass.
Enchanted is Disney's return to its classic hand-drawn animation, and is one of their best. Major props to Disney for making a movie that both relies on and makes fun of the classic fairy tale formula.
Anyone who is a parent of small children will surely know that an occasional moment of peace and quiet is sometimes a major necessity! Film, when used in moderation, can sometimes provide just such a break for a stressed out parent while also providing some quiet relaxation time for the child. Once again, the Disney machine has churned out another sequel to its moderately successful Air Bud line of films. This time we are gifted with the straight to DVD release Snow Buddies!
Pixar is back, and it seems they can do no wrong. Wall-E is possibly the best of the Disney-Pixar sagas, despite the least amount of dialogue offered contrary to any of its predecessors. From the very first credit to the very last, this movie is absolutely phenomenal. Wall-E is a robot, cleaning up the mess that humans left behind on Earth in search of a cleaner life in space…
Pixar blows Jap-animation away with this futuristic, bone and brain loss blockbuster. Wall-E comsumes, emits and sorts garbage. 700 years worth. In this relentless pursuit he develops Artificial Intelligence, and befriends what oddly enough seems to be the lone cockroach left on earth! Sorry Starship Troopers no sequel here for you. Aside from the Jetsons meets Space Ghost vibe that I received here, the Buy-In-Large 700 year space cruise throws in a clever twist to the plot. People who have been living in Hover-chairs eating food from cups, and being video-manipulated by mass consumption...
My two favorite childhood movies are ageless. They are as relevant today as they will be in thirty years. The only question is, "will they be forgotten" and become unrecognized relics of the motion picture industry? In a day and age when movies, even exciting or impactful or moving films have a limited shelf-life in our consciousness, it is comforting to me personally that I cherish and will never forget The Secret of N.I.M.H. and The Last Unicorn.
Straight to DVD...those three words strike fear into the hearts and minds of most avid movie fans. If there were a thesaurus of all things cinematic, the synonyms for straight to DVD would possibly be "no, never, ugh, run away now, garbage, etc." I fully realize that straight to DVD releases can sometimes be breeding grounds for washed up actors/actresses begging for that all too impossible comeback (Tara Reid anyone?) or an outlet for sequels/threequels/prequels that never should have been (Scooby Doo 3??!?). This brings me to my point. Although often times a straight to DVD release can be cringe worthy, occasionally it can come off as a real quality piece of work. Predominantly, we see this phenomenon occur in the form of an animated feature.
Ahhhhhhh Disney! How we love it when you fill us full of all of that warm snugly goodness that absolutely makes us feel like maybe the world isn’t all bad. Maybe our problems are exaggerated. A welcome release from the labors and stresses of the everyday is often times called for and can be provided in the form of a children’s film.
Disney/Pixar’s UP. Pixar films such as WALL-E are visually dazzling, colorful, often in 3D, and brilliantly cast the right actors whose voices conform to the roles perfectly. Frankly, in this instance, the 3D additive is a minor ingredient that offers more headaches than answers, but the picture itself more than makes up for any external deficiencies.
Every once in a while I have the opportunity to watch a movie that is a surefire winner. During the month of September it is rare a studio will release a good film. Fall television premiers and the popularity of football cause chaos in the movie world. The only genre that enjoys an advantage despite the obvious setbacks is the cartoon or animated films field.
It is finally here in Imax theaters and in 3D, Toy Story and Toy Story 2 have arrived! No, you did not read incorrectly, ahead of the summer 2010 release of Toy Story 3, 3D (confused yet?), the studio (Disney/Pixar) has decided to whet our appetites by re-releasing the two originals, in 3D. The third and final edition offers a star studded cast and dazzling animation.
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