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The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs.The Machines is very much cut from the same talented cloth as Sony Pictures Animation’s Oscar-winning hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.  The brilliant artists at Sony Pictures Animation, yet again, set a new bar for computer animation;  offering audiences indescribably energetic visuals that astonishingly never lose the film’s lightning-fast pace.  But just like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the story struggles to keep up with the film’s skill.  The movie assuredly commits its general theme to the…

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Yes Day

Family films that feature kids “makin’ all the rules” isn’t exactly fresh or inventive.  So, why did I like Yes Day so darn much when I know that it follows this same template?  Did this sub-genre improve?  Have I gotten softer?  While these reflections are valid, it sounds like I have to blame either the movies that came before this one or myself to justify liking Yes Day.  Embracing Yes Day shouldn’t be driven by…

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100% Wolf

100% Wolf is a thought-free zone for kids and adults alike.  A plus for viewers wanting to look at bright colours and flashing lights, but a bit of a bummer for those who like their animation a little less hyper.  Even if young movie goers enjoy the mindless entertainment that 100% Wolf is dishing out, they still might have a hard time grasping the storyline and the type of frenetic fantasy it relishes in.

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Dolittle

Dolittle is a wildly incompetent movie showcasing a battle for the crown to be the film’s silliest performer.  So, who wins?  Well, I’m afraid, it’s a 20-way tie shared between scenery-chewing in-person performers and aloof voice actors.

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The Willoughbys

The Willoughbys tries to straddle the line between being playfully grim and downright bizarre but, instead, alternates from being one or the other.  Based on Lois Lowry’s children’s book and evoking memories of stranger family fare like James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Willoughbys is a unique endeavour that will make you laugh as much as it will straight-up weird you out.

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Playmobil: The Movie

Part way through Playmobil: The Movie, I was settling into a marginal recommendation.  As a colourful distraction for young kids who are starting to show interest in action flicks, it’s generic yet harmless entertainment.  But as the story dragged on through shameless attempts to emulate The Lego Movie franchise, Playmobil: The Movie began to pick at my patience.

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Come to Daddy

Most movies build towards a crescendo, yet the first act of Ant Timpson’s Come to Daddy is the climax.  But then, instead of gradually hitting new heights, Timpson’s film simmers to a tepid temperature.  Despite the outrageous feedback you may have heard about the movie’s wild qualities, Come to Daddy is actually family tame (if you’re used to off-the-wall genre pieces).