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Finding Dory Movie Review

3.5 out of 4 stars

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Review

**The following reviews doesn’t reveal any spoilers and avoids revealing the story except a brief synopsis. **

I can’t imagine the audience sitting in the theater in 1977 for the first Star Wars film, A New Hope, could have predicted that they were about to see the beginning one of the biggest forces in pop culture arrive. The movie spawned five sequels, and each one came with a wave of toys, backpacks, lunch bags, and anything you can think of. Star Wars has one of the biggest culture impacts we’ve ever seen. I just read an article, that a person could survive off Star Wars products alone because they have nearly every product imaginable. Now, almost 40 years later comes the seventh installment, and the buzz is louder than ever. But, this time, the franchise isn’t in the hands of creator, George Lucas. In 2012 he sold Star Wars to Disney, so not only are we getting fresh faces but a whole new creative team.

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and BB8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and BB8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, takes places three decades after the fall of the Galactic Empire, but now, a new threat arises. The First Order follows in the steps of the Empire to rule the galaxy, but a group of heroes and The Resistance will do everything to stop them.

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The Good Dinosaur Movie Review

Earlier this year, I watched Disney and Pixar’s film Inside Out. “[It] is one of the best movies of 2015 and one of greatest animated films ever made. It brought me joy, sadness, and fear, making it the emotional roller-coaster of a lifetime,” I wrote. The film struck me very strongly and in the back of my head I doubted that Pixar would ever be able to top it. That is until I sat down with a directing animator on The Good Dinosaur, named Rob Thompson. I landed the interview because Thompson visited the University of Nevada Las Vegas and gave a behind the scenes presentation of the movie. It was there that I got a sneak peek of the latest animated film, and for a second, I wondered, “Could this movie be better than Inside Out?”

Arlo & Spot in The Good Dinosaur

Arlo & Spot in The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur asks the great question, what if the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs missed Earth? But more specifically, it follows the story of a young Apatosaurus named Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), who is accidentally separated from his family. In order to make it home, Arlo goes on an epic journey, meeting an unlikely, human friend named Spot (Jack Bright), along the way. The movie was originally supposed to be directed by Bob Peterson, but in October of 2014, Pete Sohn took control of the film. Sohn had been working with Peterson on the movie since 2009 until Peterson was removed from the project in 2013. The cast and story were nearly changed in its entirety. During my interview with Thompson, he was sure to mention it the huge change of story and how it was reimagined, “When that happened, the whole movie changed.”

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Pan Movie Review & Film Summary

Pan is the new Peter Pan telling from director Joe Wright. It’s a prequel, which tells the story of a twelve-year orphan, Peter (Levi Miller), who is kidnaped by a group of pirates and taken to Neverland. It is there he discovers that he has a destiny bigger than he could have ever imagined—to become the hero, that never grows up.

Hugh Jackman and Levi Miller in Pan

Hugh Jackman and Levi Miller in Pan

Now, let’s cut to the chase! Pan was a complete disaster. I’ve been a fan of the J.M. Barrie character and story since childhood, and this by far, is the worst version I’ve ever seen.

So, after I looked over my notes as I walked out of the theater, I realized there was no possible way I could create a concise review with the written information. So, as a fun, little exercise and a nod to a hero, Mr. Roger Ebert, I’ve decided just to share these very notes with you. Enjoy!

The following are notes that I took during the screening of Pan. Some of these may contain minor spoilers.

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Inside Out Is Full Of Emotions

Pixar Animation Studios, along with Disney, has been the key name in animation. However, Disney has recently taken on some animated films alone. Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Wreck-It Ralph, to name a few. This might because some were accusing Pixar of “losing their touch,” after making Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University. However, I never doubted the company as they’ve brought some of the greatest animated films of all-time. Especially after interviewing co-directors of Inside Out, Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen along with producer Jonas Rivera, I knew Pixar was about to blow the world away. I was right. 

Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) in Inside Out

Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) in Inside Out

Inside Out follows young Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), who is moved from her hometown to San Fransisco, and her emotions—Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling)—who are figuring out how to deal with it.

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Ewan McGregor In Talks For Obi-Wan Kenobi Stand Alone STAR WARS Film

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Matthew Vaughn and Jon Favreau Circling STAR WARS Anthology Film

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR Teaser Trailer Review

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Sofia Coppola Departs as Director of THE LITTLE MERMAID

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Disney Pulls Plug on TRON 3

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