Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Todd Durham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Screenplay by Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Marcelo Vignali.  Film Editing by Catherine Apple.  Golden Globe Awards 2012.  Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Even a famous vampire can’t help but turn into a…

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Frozen

BBB (out of 5) Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen is given a thorough working over in this uneven but fully enjoyable Disney tale.  Two sisters are raised separately in the palace of their kingdom, elder sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) locked away in her room to hide her strange powers to turn everything into ice,…

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Wreck-It Ralph

BB.5 (out of 5) Did you know that the characters in video games get together after work when the arcade closes? It’s kind of like how toys come to life when you’re not playing with them, or cars have a society of their own in a parallel universe that strangely doesn’t have humans to create…

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Bolt

BBB (out of 5) Charming animated film from the Disney studios whose writing isn’t quite up to the standard of its lovely animation. Bolt (John Travolta) is an adorable little pup who appears on a TV show with his human friend Penny (Miley Cyrus), the two of them starring as crime fighters aided by his…

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

BBB (out of 5) His unpronounceable invention created weather that rained hot dogs and hamburgers from the sky, but in the sequel his home island has gone full-on Lost World when science-geek Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is informed that his creations have become sentient beings.  More exciting, though, is that his work has caught the…

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Tangled

BBB (out of 5) Rapunzel is given the modern-day spin by Disney, here creating their first computer-animated “princess” fable. After being kidnapped from her royal parents by a witch at birth, Rapunzel is raised in a high ivory tower and kept hidden from the world, her magical miles-long hair the method by which her adoptive…

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Chicken Little

BB.5 (out of 5) Any animated film where a tiny animal wears adorably trendy clothing is worth at least a glance (see Stuart Little), but this lifeless tale won’t impress you much. Poor little Chicken Little (voiced by Zach Braff) feels a piece of the sky falling and causes a panic in his town, only…

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Despicable Me

BBB.5 (out of 5) Being a world-renowned villain is about as precarious a position to hold as being a famous supermodel: sooner or later, someone younger and better is going to come along. This is the difficulty that smarmy supervillain Gru (Steve Carell donning a hilarious quasi-Italian bad guy accent) faces when the younger, more…

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ParaNorman

BBBB (out of 5) It’s not easy being a kid, and when you’re the type who sees dead people it’s a little bit harder. At least that’s what we learn about young Norman, whose parents are frustrated whenever he tells them that his dead grandmother (voiced by Elaine Stritch) keeps him company while he watches…

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