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80s Fueled Family Fun | Review of ‘Despicable Me 3’


By Cynthia Ayala

“Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.” — IMDB

Fun and zany probably sums it up best. Despicable Me 3. Sure, the original will always be the best because it was original, but the heart isn’t lost from the original. The story expands as the story has the group discover a whole new family member. Turns out Gru has a brother, it’s Dru. Dru has the hair, and money, and a mansion. Talk about sibling rivalries. But he reveals some hidden secrets to the family legacy.
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Best Batman Movie Ever | Review of ‘The Lego Batman Movie’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Lego Batman Movie starring Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson & Ralph Fiennes
Warner Bros. Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.”

—IMDB

By far the best Batman movie out there, The Lego Batman Movie is awesome for so many reasons. Focusing on who the character is, in such a playful way, the writers understood what makes Batman such a strong character and a fan favorite character. He’s always had his head up his tushie, and this film uses that element to make the film so funny. But then there are those sadder moments, the moments that reflect on the past and the defining moment that makes Batman who he is. The writers understand Batman better than I’ve seen in such a long time. Then there is that classic dynamic he has with Joker. This film nailed that relationship, that very toxic and twisted relationship, with perfection! Not since The Dark Knight has their relationship been so clearly and wonderfully established to build up this duo that has been the cause of so many iconic comic book moments.
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A Bundle of Love and Laughs | Review of ‘The Secret Life of Pets’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Secret Life of Pets starring Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate & Ellie Kemper
Universal Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.”

    —IMDB

Where should I start? As an animal lover, I adored this movie, and as a filmgoer, I loved it. This movie had a compelling story to it that also didn’t shy away from what it means to be an animal and an animal lover. Pets get lost all the time, their collars break off, they get taken by animal control, or they are just abandoned. This film touches all of this making this a dynamic movie to behold. The best part about that is that it has a lot of heart, it has a lot of strength, and it has a lot of humor in it. This film is an adventure in the eyes of lost dogs and his friends as they try to find him and bring him back home.
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Fun, Heartwarming But Lacking Realism | Review of ‘Finding Dory’


By Cynthia Ayala

Finding Dory starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence & Ed O’Neill
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

    —IMDB

Simply adorable. Everyone’s favorite blue tang fish is back in this sequel all about her. Finding Dory is all about Dory and where she came from and how she came to meet up with Marlin and Nemo. Going back Dory’s origins, the audience gets to see Dory as the cutest animated baby in the world. I mean let’s just give the animators here a round of applause for getting some of the smallest details correct, mirroring real fish and lighting and the like, perfectly, but also they created one of the cutest little fish in the world that completely fits with the character. Continue reading Fun, Heartwarming But Lacking Realism | Review of ‘Finding Dory’

A Fun Solid Animated Feature | Review of ‘The Angry Birds Movie’


By Cynthia Ayala

Th Angry Birds Movie starring Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad & Danny McBride
Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts – Red, Chuck and Bomb – to figure out what the pigs are up to.

—IMDB

Okay, let’s be honest here: no one expects Angry Birds to be good, after all, it’s based off a game where you throw birds into pigs because they are stealing eggs. But guess what, this movie was actually incredibly entertaining, and much like with Warcraft, the writers were able to put together a strong story and strong characters based on a mobile game that had very little of both.
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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Forms a Perfect Circle | Review of ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’


By Cynthia Ayala

Kung Fu Panda 3 starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman & J. K. Simmons
20th Century Fox
Image Credit: Kernels Corner

Living large and loving life, Po realizes that he has a lot to learn if he is going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor. After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai, a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.

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Kung-Fu Panda 3 is the third and film in the Kung-Fu Panda franchise and delivers laughs and love on every level.
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Final Fantasy XIV meets Final Fantasy VI in an all new video


By: Erren Van Duine

FF6-Fanservice

Have you ever wondered what Final Fantasy VI would look like in high definition, fully rendered 3D? Well, look no further.

In case you missed its debut on the Letter to the Producer Live, Square Enix has captured that “magitek moment” for quick viewing. Set to the iconic melodies of “Tina/Terra’s Theme” from Final Fantasy VI, the trailer shows off the mountable Magitek Armour that players will be able to control. If you look closely, you may be able to see the familiar faces of a green-haired young girl and two soldiers…

All things told, it looks pretty spectacular and adds just one more reason to get excited about the rebirth of Final Fantasy XIV.

Source: Nova Crystallis

 

Square Enix Europe: The world will get answers on Final Fantasy X HD soon


By: Erren Van Duine

FFX-HD

Wondering where Final Fantasy X HD is? You’re not the only one.

A fan reached out to Square Enix Europe on Twitter for an explanation following the game’s absence since its reveal in 2011. “The world will get answers soon, we promise,” came the reply from the community team.

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While nothing too concrete, it’s good to see them at least acknowledge the title’s existence. The same account also commented on Final Fantasy Versus XIII earlier in the week, reconfirming that the game is “still currently in development” and that there are “no dates to announce at this time, but we’ll keep you informed. Promise.”

Stay tuned.

Source: Nova Crystallis

 

The Family Circus Movie Moves Forward With A Pair Of Writers


By: Eric Eisenberg

One of my favorite scenes in Doug Liman’s 1999 dark comedy Go (a movie that I highly recommend) features characters played by Timothy Olyphant and Katie Holmes sitting together in a diner and having a friendly conversation about the daily funnies. Olyphant begins to talk about his hatred for the comic strip The Family Circus, saying, “You sit down and read your paper, and you’re enjoying your entire two-page comics spread. Right? And then there’s the Family fucking Circus, bottom right-hand corner, just waiting to suck.”

While I like the scene for many reasons, the chief among them is the fact that it’s totally relatable. Anybody who has ever gone to the funnies for entertainment knows that the Bil Keane comic completely ruins the experience every goddamn time. So you know what news I’m really sad to report? They are moving forward with a Family Circus movie.

Bringing back memories of a deal made a little over two years ago, Variety has gotten word that Fox and Walden Media are once again working together to try and make a movie based on the humorless aforementioned strip and hired a pair of writers to take care of the script. Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price, who just recently sold a series pitch to ABC called Grievances, have been given the impossible task of trying to make the wholesome, Christian family worth your money at the box office.

Strangely, this news comes just days after it was announced that a CGI/live-action hybrid version of Heathcliff is in the works, but those are hardly the only comic strips that have ever been given the feature film treatment. In the past twenty years there has been a Dennis The Menace movie (which was critically trashed) and two Garfield titles (that didn’t fare much better). Don’t expect much better out of The Family Circus.

Source: Cinema Blend

How to Train Your Dragon 2 [Movie News]


how to train your dragon 2 movieI guess it’s not always wishful thinking to want a sequel to a movie I like.  I tip my hat to DreamWorks Animation.  Movie 2 is being directed and written by Dean DeBlois who was the co-director of the first film.  The entire cast from the first movie is set to return and they will be accompanied by Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame, as the film’s yet to be announced villain.

Apparently, now everyone has a dragon, and with Hiccup’s curiosity increasing, they will explore more lands, coming across new dragons and new cultures.

The first movie was sweet and heartwarming.  I hope the sequel will be as well.