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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is a return to its classic roots

Christian Becker

December 4, 2013

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

For better or worse, Disney is certainly not what it used to be. While the company canned its 2-D animation department recently, it has also acquired the likes of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm over the past several years, leavi...

Classic anime marks its 25th anniversary

Jonathan Hielkema

December 3, 2013

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Katsuhiro Otomo’s pivotal anime film “Akira” has reached the 25th anniversary of its release. In commemoration of this event, translation and dubbing giant Funimation has commissioned a new American home release and limited ...

Spectacular anime highlights complex themes

Jonathan Hielkema

December 3, 2013

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

American television produces many works of exquisite craft but few possess any discernible personality. Our entire television output, from hackneyed sitcoms to the empyrean heights of HBO and AMC, is carefully groomed and managed....

‘Catching Fire’ rises to the challenge

Katie Salyer

December 3, 2013

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“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” did not disappoint fans when it hit the box office. Following the first Hunger Games was a huge challenge, but “Catching Fire” lives up to, and in some respects surpasses, the first in...

Robert Redford shines in remarkable ‘All Is Lost’

Nick Keeley

November 20, 2013

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Somewhere in the Indian Ocean, an old mariner (Robert Redford) wakes up to discover a hole in his boat. We know nothing about this man — his name, his past and why he’s sailing a boat in the Indian Ocean are all a mystery. W...

‘12 Years a Slave’ a beautiful and disturbing masterpiece

Christian Becker

November 13, 2013

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“12 Years a Slave” has been getting a lot of Oscar vibes, and for good reason. This gripping adaptation of Solomon Northup’s life account was never entirely on my radar, ever since I heard of its existence a while back. ...

‘Elysium’ wastes an intriguing premise

Sierra Savela

November 4, 2013

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What happens when the number of humans on earth exceeds the amount that can actually fit on the planet? What will we do when there are just too many people? “Elysium” explores the approaching doom of overpopulation and what it ...

Joss Whedon brings Shakespeare to the big screen

Sierra Savela

October 22, 2013

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“Much Ado About Nothing” is a quick-witted, low budget, independent film based on Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Directed, produced and adapted for the screen by Joss Whedon (“The Avengers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slay...

True-life thriller ‘Captain Phillips’ delivers the suspense

Christian Becker

October 17, 2013

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Telling the dramatic events of a person’s true life story is always a challenge. Making it into a thriller, I can imagine, is even more daunting. Director Paul Greengrass and two time Oscar winner Tom Hanks set forth on thi...

Violent ‘Django Unchained’ worth watching

Sierra Savela

October 17, 2013

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“Django Unchained” is exactly what you would expect from a Quentin Tarantino film: violent and well done. The film is a satirical western that takes place in the deep south during the late 1850s. Dr. King Schultz (Christoph W...

Intense racing drama ‘Rush’ one of the year’s best

Christian Becker

October 8, 2013

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Ron Howard is arguably the most diverse director working in Hollywood today. His works, which bring out profound character studies, range from quirky comedies to intense dramas. In spite of this diverse history, you may be surpr...

‘Gravity’ is the visual wonder of the year

Christian Becker

October 8, 2013

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I remember the first time I saw the trailer for “Gravity.” It made me excited to see what the new adventure director Alfonso Cuaron would bring to the silver screen. I thought the trailer looked spectacular. Everybody else in t...