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In Defense of ‘Tomorrowland’

It hadn’t been 2 weeks since its release when Brad Bird’s new film Tomorrowland had been dubbed a “failure” by the very studio that released it. In those two weeks the film was beaten at the box office by the sequel to a movie where glee club girls slid around in vomit, was projected unable to make back its reported 190 million dollar budget and became Disney’s convenient scapegoat for scrapping production on “Tron 3” – which caused internet trolls to take a break from complaining about Tron: Legacy and the abundance of sequels and remakes to complain that they won’t get to see “Tron 3”.

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New Projects: ‘Dragon Tattoo’, ‘Pinocchio,’ and ‘Lost City of Z’

With Hollywood looking for franchises wherever it can find them, it seems mighty odd that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a highly successful novel with a film adaptation that had Rooney Mara, David Fincher, and James Friggin’ Bond attached, is not already swimming in sequels. The American version of Stieg Larsson’s novel wasn’t exactly …

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Tom Cruise: The Man Inside the Machine

Believe it or not, it’s not easy being Tom Cruise. Over the weekend, Tom Cruise’s latest big-budget scifi-actioner Edge of Tomorrow opened. To be polite, the box office returns left this $178 million picture well over the edge of being a box-office bomb with just over $29 million domestically, coming in 3rd place. In the …

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The Fearlessness of Pixar’s ‘Ratatouille’

Good things might happen to those who wait, but the Disney/Pixar masterpiece Ratatouille tells us great things only happen to those who act fearlessly. “Anyone can cook,” is the quote most viewers leave the film with, and director Brad Bird lets the themes represented by this philosophy—nothing is impossible, anyone and everyone is capable of …

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Forecasting the Force Part One: The New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

A not so long ways away in a galaxy, well, in our own galaxy actually, a corporation adorned with mouse ears and a big blue castle are about to release the first of a barrage of new Star Wars films. This story begins in 2015, summer most likely, possibly late December, and starts with the …

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