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Despicable Me Review

Despite the horrific relevance Despicable Me spawned, the radioactive animated comedy that somehow stormed through with such force has rewarding bits and pieces. Beyond the action figures and awful boomer posts that have these yellow servant freaks alongside the “live, laugh, love” mentality is a strong animated feature that, for better or worse, has thrived on originality. Originality, good or bad, is still unique. Despicable Me is unique. Not just for its characters and process of comedy but also through how it achieves it, its storyline and the nonsensical nature of characters that have been stretched far, far beyond what they were ever meant and made for.  

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The Big Short Review

Compiling the build-up and fallout of the seismic actions and reactions to the financial crisis of 2007-08 is not a particularly promising project for Adam McKay. His works before The Big Short had been withering comedies like The Other Guys and Step Brothers. All directors must make their leap from comedy to drama at some stage. Jay Roach tripped through Austin Powers: Goldmember and made it through, unscathed, to Trumbo. But for McKay, the desire to adapt modern history was overbearing. His need and lust to shed a spotlight on the political machine and the problems of it was too much to resist, not just for the director and his cast but audiences who fell at the shocking revelations that McKay made.

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Over the Hedge Review

Follow these rats and swine unto the great unknown, the song of Over the Hedge plays over and over. It is not the exact lyric, but it is close enough. Possums and skunks and squirrels may not be perceived as the best of friends, but this ill-remembered nostalgia box of light comedy would have you think so. They are desperate to survive the harsh realities of winter and to do so must rely on RJ (Bruce Willis) to guide them through neighbourhoods of fine food. Knock-off Doritos because Dreamworks couldn’t secure the license are the golden ticket for a raccoon who has usurped a bear, Vincent (Nick Nolte), and his hibernation plan.

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Foxcatcher Review

Champions are born, not raised. Probably. Foxcatcher highlights a role those physically gifted Gods are given in society. Wrestlers, rugby players, it’s all the same to those who have no aspirations for toned looks and terrible feats of physical strength. But there is dirt beneath the surface. For all its uniformity and desire for kinsmanship through teamwork, jealousy prevails. That is the core of Foxcatcher. That jealousy remains throughout and works its way into the outlook of professionals who, when tasked with facing up to their feelings, are not prepared. They are physically strong but mentally aghast, and that is the fine line drawn between these leading characters under director Bennett Miller. 

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Review

As his world crashes around him, the fearful animosity and anger that Ron Burgundy transmitted through the airwaves of the 1970s comes to a close. His reign of terror is over. For a decade, movie-goers were able to enjoy a time of peace and tranquillity, a character based on Mort Crim would be laid to rest. Of course, no good thing can come to an end, nor, it seems, can a mediocre product. It will live forever, shuffling through the minds and hearts of somewhat nostalgic young adults. Their minds unphased by copious drinking and drug use, they are the perfect audience to experience Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. A hefty experience indeed, one whose running time exceeds that of many more rewarding experiences.

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Review

Should we point a finger of blame to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy for the state of news reporting currently? Perhaps. Ron Burgundy is not a man you or I could call “professional”, or “competent”, but he sure loves his job. Why that is? No idea. Some deep-rooted kink for facilitating power through the airwaves of the gullible, a fascistic need and desire to clutch to power, his jagged fingernails digging in ever deeper to the rotund beauty of fame and fortune. To suggest any of these themes would be realistic would be, well, Mort Crim would have stern words with nonbelievers. 

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