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Considering Love & Other Magic

I didn’t believe anything in Considering Love & Other Magic.  These characters are so disengaged, you could set them on fire and all they would do is shrug.  They’re all too busy pondering about death;  mostly the long-term existentialism that lingers when a loved one passes away.  The press release describes Dave Schultz’s film as a “family movie”.  Try explaining that pitch to your kids.  You’ll owe them ice cream after the show.

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Wylie Writes @ TIFF KIDS ’17

Currently, the TIFF Kids International Film Festival (April 7 – April 23) is hosting a variety of content; including exclusive film premieres, industry insight, and interactive activities.  I was fortunate enough to catch a couple of the premieres at this year’s TIFF Kids, and both films were encouraging examples from future storytellers.

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Ice Age: Collision Course

It’s hard to believe that Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and the animals they voice are on their fifth feature-length lap with the Ice Age series – that’s a long time for any franchise.  Then again, there’s always going to be a crowd for these adventurous, likeable mammals because Blue Sky Studios knows how to make a slick-and-quick movie for families.  Ice Age: Collision Course is no different.

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The Games Maker

By: Addison Wylie Sneaking in under the radar during this year’s final quarter is an uplifting family film called The Games Maker.  For those who take a chance on it, they’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was when Juan Pablo Buscarini’s film pulled me into a wonderful world of old-fashioned strategy. I say “pleasantly surprised” because the marketing for The Games Maker drives home its whimsy and fantastical elements a little too hard;  so much…

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The Journey Home

By: Addison Wylie Parents: if you feel your child is too old for those Air Bud movies but too young for Wild America and Alaska, that happy medium you’re looking for can be found in The Journey Home. A boy named Luke (played by Dakota Goyo) attempts to reunite a lost polar bear to its mother by travelling across perilous, icy terrain through flurries of snowstorms and over ice caps.  The polar bear (which is eventually given…

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Mercy Rule

By: Addison Wylie Mercy Rule is merciless.  The film does feature a restrained Kirk Cameron aiming to be more tolerable than he’s ever been before, but I’m just trying to find the silver lining within this family film that’s been conceived by blind incompetence. Cameron is an actor devout to his personal beliefs, and has been known to carry those views through faith-based flicks.  I have to give credit where credit is due, and at…

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

By: Addison Wylie Nickelodeon’s absurdist behaviour and its brand of transgressive humour have driven some parents crazy.  However, it’s a unique knack that has struck hilarity with viewers who were considered Generation Y, or 90’s kids.  Nick’s bizarre reality is what gave many of their television shows their edge, and most programming were not willing to push the absurdist envelope as far as Nickelodeon would. The station has cooled its jets as of recent with…

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Muppets Most Wanted

By: Addison Wylie How do the Muppets follow up their 2011 crowd pleasing resurgence?  With a song titled We’re Doing a Sequel including a lyric admitting that the second film in a series isn’t nearly as good as the first.  Not so fast, guys.  Muppets Most Wanted actually ends up being more memorable and more clever than its predecessor. Picking up where The Muppets left off, the cheerful fleet of felt eye an upcoming tour as…