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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

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nutI love peanut butter. Peanut butter, mixed with the proper ingredients in the correct proportion, is creamy, melting-in-the-mouth delicious. It is almost overfilling, satiates the palate’s craving(s), and provides a considerable amount of nutritional value/content. Here is a secret for you movie fans, I eat peanut butter from the jar with a fork. I enjoy noticing what my wife terms “hills and valleys” created by my fork on account of peanut butter jousting. What in the world? Isn’t this a movie review? Read more...

The Lego Batman Movie DVD

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Image result for the lego batman movieThe Lego Batman Movie is a movie of “almosts.” Almost hilarious...Almost clever...Almost nostalgic...Almost compelling, almost viewable in one sitting. In the words of a famous movie line, the origin of which is a mystery to my bewildered brain at this moment, "almost isn't good enough." No, I am not thinking of Master Yoda, and no, the classic line is not derivative of Yoda. The origin is far more mysterious. I must be in dire need of Bat ginseng pills. Na na na na na na na na na SPELLCHECK.

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Disney's Moana

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Moana1I am prepared to anoint Moana a great movie, but at that intersection I am also willing to pump the brakes. Disney movies do not live in a vacuum. Granted, Disney Animation Studios has undergone a culture shift in that it is willing to release movies that do not involve princesses marrying princes and now women are the dominant protagonists. What I really mean to say/write is that Moana is a fine movie, but for all of its differences from its Disney predecessors and ancestors, any new Disney film will be judged based on what came before. What arrived before Moana was mostly better than Moana, and for that reason it loses my vote for Best Animated Film. Read more...

Trolls 3D Movie, They're Back!

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trollTrolls is a fantastic movie with a slow beginning and a steamroller of an ending. Vocal talents include the likes of Anna Kendrick, (Pitch Perfect), Zooey Deschanel (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Justin Timberlake (Nsync), Jeffrey Tambor (comedian), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Late Late Show host James Corden, No Doubt Gwen Stefani, and Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory). Oops, I left out Russell Brand, can't imagine why. Time for the introduction of just who the heck the Trolls are. We know the Smurfs, the Turtles, the Transformers, the Joes, and the Holograms, but do we really know the movie Trolls? Read more...

Kubo and the Two Strings

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kuboThere is very little that Matthew McConaughey cannot do. Somehow, the erstwhile chick-flick star, the American hinterland heartthrob, the man of style and pizzazz, has morphed into something far greater. The detective, the Civil War hero, the everyman extraordinaire that is willing to undertake any challenge, transform for any assignment, and now, he lends his voice for the greater good of the anime universe. Kubo and the Two Strings is no ordinary, mundane animated movie. It is one of those rare films that belong in  the pantheon of anime legends, on the shelves at novelty store that still has the courage to offer merchandise that only a true collector would appreciate. Welcome also Charlize Theron and Ralph Fiennes (pronounces Raiph) and of course, the pop culture sensation, George Takei. Read more...