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Alvin and the Chipmunks Review

David Cross was right to slander and shame Alvin and the Chipmunks’’ third instalment. But seeing the glimmers of hope in his eyes as he spirals around the screen as a children’s entertainment villain is far more thrilling than his stand-up comedy. More because Alvin and the Chipmunks have the nostalgia appeal and the many failings that come with it, but also because its ensemble cast is relatively impressive, its CGI an extraordinary achievement for the time and its chokehold on culture for the better part of a decade an equally terrifying and impressive feat of endurance. Director Tim Hill can be proud of offering this up to audiences and can be proud of the measure of influence he has had on film. None at all.

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I’m Not There Review

Adapting the life and talent of Bob Dylan to the biopic genre was an inevitability. It is hard to see how anyone could stop it from happening. For all the failed markups of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and the big names around the 1960s, pulling off a dissection of The Voice of a Generation is no small feat. I’m Not There plays with the format of traditional detailing. Dylan defines a meaning or passage of time for so many people, spread across generations. To adapt that correctly, no one man can portray Dylan, and that is what director Todd Haynes gets right with I’m Not There. As Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again plays through the opening credits and the passages of time cross the screen, I’m Not There springs to life.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Review

Even the mighty Dragon Warrior is susceptible to the cash flow of a second sequel, Kung Fu Panda 3 makes that abundantly clear. Lambasting Master Oogway by thrusting his tender, hardened corpse into the spirit realm, directors Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni continue their hatred of that turgid turtle that was first experienced in Kung Fu Panda 2. Outside of swift and severe monetary gains, the spirit warriors of past enemies and legendary fighters strike villainy and horrors into the heart of the Furious Five, paired up with an odd side-story of adoption, brief glimmers of extinction and an abundance of bleak, mediocre stories that trail off with no style in sight.

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Kung Fu Panda Review

My personal trip through the nostalgic days of old has been an underwhelming one, to say the least. I bid farewell to some of the classic staples of my childhood. Night at the Museum was fondly remembered for some reason, a film where a CGI dinosaur runs rampant in a museum where Dick Van Dyke can dropkick Ben Stiller unable to hold a candle to the likes of RobotsWall-E, and the Jack Black-led Kung Fu Panda. It’s one of those classic films that just about everyone I know grew up with, but I imagine very few remember more than just a handful of storytelling devices the film used.  

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