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  • Big Hero 6 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    Disney’s latest CGI animated film Big Hero 6 combines WALL-E, Iron Man, and The Incredibles with a dash of The Avengers and the vaguest hint of Portal 2. If that doesn’t sound amazing, go watch Masterpiece Theatre or something.

    Big Hero 6 serves as the first Disney animated feature featuring Marvel characters since acquiring the comics imprint in 2009, and it’s a near perfect marriage of the two entertainment giants. The original Big Hero 6 comics focused on a mildly…

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 2014

    ★★½ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    This is what people mean when they talk about Disneyfication.

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day remains a beloved children's book that's unique due to its utter lack of fluff. Alexander has a negative adjective-inducing day where nothing goes right. It's tied up with the penultimate line, "My mom says some days are like that." The end. It's a lesson to kids that sometimes life is just disappointing. That's it. So, naturally, Disney took that important…

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  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014

    ★★½ Watched 07 Jun, 2014

    Forget Game of Thrones' Khaleesi. How to Train Your Dragon protagonist Hiccup has actually transformed his land into a dragon utopia as the series' second installment begins.

    Picking up five years after the original, the isle of Berk has fully embraced the once-rival dragons as pets. And while Hiccup's father Stoick, the isle's Viking chieftain, is ready to cede power to his dragon-master heir, Hiccup's focus lies elsewhere, as he and his dragon best friend Toothless chart the previously unexplored…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2014

    Rule number one of Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Go in with a blank slate. Don't read message boards or watch clips. Avoid it all. While it could've been another paint-by-numbers installment in the Avengers franchise, the movie instead fires off unexpected twists at a blistering clip that ultimately shifts the paradigm of Marvel's cinematic universe. It's a blockbuster thrill ride best experienced with a mind clear of information.

    Skirting around the basics without giving anything away: Unsurprisingly, Captain America…