Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen play with emotions in Inside Out.… MorePete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen play with emotions in Inside Out.
Spanning a somewhat brief 95 minutes, the film's intriguing story concept goes full circle in the head of a little girl. While lacking depth in a few places, the plot details are amusing and insightful, creating a character friendly adventure all around.
The visuals never seem to hit it out of the park, although the character designs are colorful and unique allowing for easy recognition throughout the picture.
There isn't anything to argue about when it comes to the voice-work; it gets it done all around. Amy Poehler is a delight as Joy with Phyllis Smith pulling off a Sadness.
Inside Out may not expand enough from time to time, but ultimately it delivers nicely.
It apparently takes 3 directors to piece together Hellbinders. Mitch… MoreIt apparently takes 3 directors to piece together Hellbinders. Mitch Gould, Hiro Koda, and David Wald each take a character to unleash on the oni.
There is a 90 minute story concept with promise. Told with some comic book panel visuals and narrations, Hellbinders receives minor points for style, but ultimately, the production value is its big hindrance. Uninteresting settings and mediocre dialogue only goes so far at telling the story.
The action is stylized with some quick sword and gun play, which is a plus. The choreography may be bundled with low budget effects, but it doesn't seem that bad in the grand scheme of things.
While not the greatest of actors, Ray Park, Johnny Yong Bosch, and Esteban Cueto do the best they can with the script. Nothing stands out, but it ain't the end of the world.
Hellbinders shows potential, but never evolves into anything worth viewing.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg conjure up the ring from Mordor with The… MoreSeth Rogen and Evan Goldberg conjure up the ring from Mordor with The Interview. Well, not really.
Launching in at 105 minutes, the film's story manages to gain some traction thanks to its concept. Yes, there are politics at play, but at the end of the day, this picture is a senseless comedy. The story meanders in the middle, probably making it longer than it really needs to be; however, finding out how the final act plays out makes this film watchable from start to finish.
There aren't much laughs to be had with the over the top, offensive, and highly sexual humor. The violence is wacky and bloody. This further proves that this film isn't meant to be taken seriously.
James Franco and Seth Rogen lead as they're supposed to. Randall Park steps in for a few good moments. Lizzy Caplan and Diana Bang get it done as the pretty faces in the crowd.
The Interview has no shocks and surprises. It is what it is.
Co-directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable manage something… MoreCo-directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable manage something charming out of something outlandish in The Boxtrolls.
An 85 minute story about trolls in boxes proves to be a recipe for success. While not laying it all out on the floor in the early going, leaving a more mysterious buildup, the plot details gradually fall into place.
The visual combination of CG and stop motion mesh wondrously together, which could be said to make up for the lack of excitement the film exuberates. The characters lack the cuteness of a kid friendly picture, but their personalities give them the hint of adorableness they need.
The voice-work is a definite success. Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, and Ben Kingsley stand out above the crowd, with the likes of Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan following close behind.
By the time the end credits begin to roll, The Boxtrolls solidifies itself as a recommendable animated picture.
Brad Bird's Tomorrowland takes a glimpse into the future.
Traversing… MoreBrad Bird's Tomorrowland takes a glimpse into the future.
Traversing on for 130 minutes, the story isn't short of ideas, but it is short on plot details. The film manages to keep the mystery up for a good percentage of screen time; however, much is left to the imagination, thanks to the lack of clarification. The underwhelming finale doesn't help the more interesting pieces of the film either.
The use of CG is high, as expected, and it is done quite nicely. It doesn't leave the feeling for more, but at the same time, it never feels like too much.
George Clooney will be George Clooney and Hugh Laurie will be Hugh Laurie. In the end it's Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy that are a delight to watch.
Tomorrowland's concept is one of intrigue, yet the execution falls short of greatness. Dream harder.