Save time for ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in 'Saving Mr. Banks'
Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Saving Mr. Banks is a movie that tells two tales to its audience.  The expected story of how the fictional character created by writer P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson) finally becomes a major motion picture thanks to Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), and the childhood of the author.  Known as Ginty (Annie Rose Buckley) in those days, this story tells the audience just how Ms Travers became the stubborn, difficult woman she was.

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Pixar’s ‘Brave’ Scottish adventure is worth breaking out the kilts for

Merida takes aim in 'Brave'
Merida takes aim in ‘Brave’

[rating=3]Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters
Director(s): Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Writer(s): Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell

It seems you can always count on Pixar to raise the bar, in animation and in movies in general. Whereas everyone else is regurgitating the same fairy tales that have been regurgitated several times over, they’ve done what apparently is unthinkable: they made a new one.

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‘Men in Black 3’ is… better than ‘Men in Black 2’

Josh Brolin and Will Smith in 'Men in Black 3'
Josh Brolin and Will Smith in ‘Men in Black 3’

[rating=3]Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson, Alice Eve, Jemaine Clement
Director(s): Barry Sonnenfeld
Writer(s): Etan Cohen, David Koepp, Jeff Nathanson and Michael Soccio, from the comic by Lowell Cunningham

The singer “Meatloaf” was prophetic long ago, when he wrote a song that is now a perfect description of the MIB franchise.  The song “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” is an almost perfect description of this franchise.  The original Men in Black was great, Men in Black 3 was great, and Men in Black 2 is probably best just ignored and forgotten.

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