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[DVD Review] Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back

11 October 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The first Space Chimps wasn’t exactly an animation triumph when it hit theaters back in 2008, nor did it stand up as a decent film. Jokes fell flat, the premise was weak, and the animation felt years behind even some of the smaller independently produced CGI films. It wasn’t a promising venture from Fox animation and invoked questions as to whether or not they had any hope in the field without a supplementary production house like Ice Age’s Blue Sky Studios behind it. Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of the Space Chimps sequel, Zartog Strikes Back, is that it seems a genuine regression in animation quality from its studio’s earlier ventures like Happily N’Ever After and Valiant. Nothing works in this direct-to-dvd sequel, and it’s hard to understand under which merits it was greenlit.

If you’ve been following along, at the end of the first Space Chimps, »

- Lex Walker

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The "Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back" Giveaway

4 October 2010 9:23 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Because you couldn't get enough of those lovable animated apes the first time around, and because the conclusion of Zartog's imprisonment in stone just couldn't last,  Fox has seen fit to give us a second Space Chimps movie as of October 5th. Yes, my friends, Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back exists, and you can win it on DVD. Have some kids desperate for monkey antics? Have some kids who should be on Adderall but you figure a movie about space-traveling chimps and departiclization rays might just do the trick as you run out to the grocery store? Well, then, we've got just what you need.

The film follows Comet, who is usually left at mission control, but longs to venture into space like his chimp-colleagues. Comet gets the chance to travel to Planet Malgor where he meets Kilowatt, the once shy alien, and lives out his ultimate fantasy of exploring outer space. »

- Lex Walker

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This week's new films

28 May 2010 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Time That Remains (15)

(Elia Suleiman, 2009, UK/Ita/Fra/Bel) Elia Suleiman, Saleh Bakri, Samar Tanus, Shafika Bajjali. 110 mins

As he did in 2002's Divine Intervention, Suleiman fashions Middle East tensions into something resembling a deadpan arthouse sketch show at times, but the stylised comedy is folded into 60 years of family history this time. The first portion is particularly striking, dealing with the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and Suleiman's father's part in it as a Palestinian resistance fighter. As time and relatives move on, the story becomes more reflective and fragmented, but elegant choreography and tender observation hold it together.

Sex And The City 2 (15)

(Michael Patrick King, 2010, Us) Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon. 146 mins

Us-Arab relations get a stiletto in the eye, as the foursome descend on Abu Dhabi in this overlong but doubtless unstoppable sequel, adding Islamophobic cultural challenges to their perpetual relationship/ageing/wardrobe issues. »

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