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Film, "Flight": Denzel Washington Sulks and Soars

"Flight": Denzel Washington Sulks and Soars

The yammering about "Oscar gold" and Denzel Washington's potential three-peat will soon reach a deafening pitch, but such noise can only embarrass a fine character study like Flight, whose prevailing tone is a heavy, elemental melancholy. The mood is there…
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Film, "Mars Needs Moms": Space Junk

"Mars Needs Moms": Space Junk

Who said animation should look real? Robert Zemeckis, for one, though as evidenced by Disney's recent closing of his ImageMovers Digital studio, he increasingly appears to be alone in that sentiment. Mars Needs Moms stands as the potentially final Zemeckis–produced…
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Film, </i>A Christmas Carol</i> : Dickens in CGI

A Christmas Carol : Dickens in CGI

It's not hard to see how the director of Forrest Gump would be thought a good fit to adapt the dearly beloved (and much lampooned) Charles Dickens tale that has survived nearly 170 years of retelling if you count the…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Move Along, Kids

Move Along, Kids

Justice League: The New Frontier (Warner Bros.) Based on Darwyn Cooke's comic-book miniseries — a masterpiece starring all of DC Comics' major-leaguers at the dawn of their immortality during the Cold War — this animated adaptation plays stronger, faster, and…
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Film, Unreal Estate

Unreal Estate

In the latest extravaganza from executive producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, millions of dollars and long hours in the digital animation studios have produced ... a photorealistic, computer-animated, generic American suburb! Location costs must be getting pretty damn expensive…
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Film, Well Trained

Well Trained

Most articles written about The Polar Express have focused on its groundbreaking technology, which takes the process used to create Gollum in The Lord of the Rings one step further. Much as Andy Serkis' performance was digitally mapped and reproduced…
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Film, I See Dull People!

I See Dull People!

Rather than asking if this senseless and expensive new film from wunderkind entertainer Robert Zemeckis is devoid of merit (it is), or "worth seeing" (it isn't), we should instead take the movie's title -- What Lies Beneath -- as a…
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