Toy Story 3 (2010)

LEE UNKRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2010.  Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios.  Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Screenplay by Michael Arndt.  Produced by Darla K. Anderson.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Bob Pauley.  Film Editing by Ken Schretzmann.  Academy Awards 2010.  Golden Globe Awards 2010.  In 1995 the Pixar studio set off a cinematic revolution when they…

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Jaws: The Revenge

B (out of 5) Or, ‘Look Ma, I’ve Got No Hands!’  Lorraine Gary pulled in a criminal salary for this laughable third sequel to the Steven Spielberg classic, one that finally put the last nail in the series’ coffin. Even Michael Caine looks embarrassed to be in this story about how Gary, Roy Scheider’s widow of parts…

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Ice Age: The Meltdown

BBB.5 (out of 5) Your favourite prehistoric pals Manny, Sid and Diego are back at it again in this beautifully animated, slightly superior sequel to the 2001 hit film. Mammoth Manny (Ray Romano) has to deal with the possibility of extinction when he realizes that there are no other mammoths that he knows of. This…

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

BBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeously animated comedy from the Dr. Seuss book, beginning in a town made entirely out of plastic where no nature exists and the most powerful citizen is a zillionaire who has learned to sell people the very air they breathe. One little boy (voiced by Zac Efron) finds out about trees…

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Akira

BBBB (out of 5) Milestone in Japanese animation features a convoluted story played against beautifully painted backdrops. After a bike gang are exposed to a secret government project known only as Akira, the gang’s leader has to race against time to save his best friend from the deadly effects of this top government secret. His…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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White Palace

BBB.5 (out of 5) Rich, young advertising executive James Spader stops at a local diner and orders food from a forty-something waitress (Susan Sarandon). Somehow, these people from completely different spheres of life manage to take a liking to each other, crossing generational and social barriers and falling deeply in love. Even better, the film itself…

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

BBB.5 (out of 5) Highly imaginative Flint (Bill Hader) has spent his entire life being shunned by his community on the tiny Atlantic island of Swallow Falls (it resides just below the “A” on the map). While the rest of the town works in sardines, Flint dreams of being an inventor, but unfortunately his attempts…

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Up

BBBB (out of 5) Two kindred spirits meet as children and grow attached thanks to their shared spirit of adventure; this translates to love in their adolescence and marriage in adulthood, all the way through to their old age until he is left a bitter, lonely widower who has never fulfilled his and late wife’s…

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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

PETE DOCTER, DAVID SILVERMAN, LEE UNKRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2001.  Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Pete Docter, Jill Culton,  Jeff Pidgeon, Ralph Eggleston, Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson, additional screenplay material by Robert L. Baird, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts.  Produced by Darla K. Anderson.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Harley Jessup, Bob Pauley.  Film…

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Monsters University

BBBB (out of 5) Pixar returns to one of their most charming successes for a prequel that recaptures the delight of the original if not necessarily all of its thrills. We learn about the origin of the friendship between Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman), who attend the titular institution in their monster…

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Hercules (1997)

BBBB (out of 5) Fun-filled musical from Disney animation has the Greek legend of Hercules retold in Motown style, with a fabulous chorus of singers and a cast of infectiously adorable characters. Hercules (Tate Donovan) is a mighty muscleman with exceptional powers who becomes every kid’s favourite hero, a Michael Jordan-like celebrity who endorses all…

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