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Film, "Chimpanzee": Wild Animals Made Family-Friendly

"Chimpanzee": Wild Animals Made Family-Friendly

Disneynature's latest Earth Day release hunkers down in an Ivory Coast rainforest, taming its beasts-in-the-wild raw material into a family-friendly (though not totally sugarcoated) heroes-and-villains adventure, as did the brand's previous film, African Cats. Chimpanzee follows energetic young primate Oscar,…
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Film, "African Cats": Documentary Looks at Lives of Africa's Predator Felines

"African Cats": Documentary Looks at Lives of Africa's Predator Felines

Anthropomorphizing its animal stars to a borderline-dubious degree, Disneynature's nonfiction African Cats situates itself in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, where two four-legged mothers valiantly struggle to provide for and protect their young. On the northern side of the river…
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Film, Glorious Sea

Glorious Sea

What Winged Migration was to birds, Deep Blue is to the ocean -- a breathtaking nature documentary cheapened slightly by melodramatic voice-over. In an opening that swells with import, Pierce Brosnan speaks in worshipful tones, informing us that our planet…
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