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Finding Dory Review

19 July 2016 12:48 PM, PDT

Pixar recently announced a moratorium on sequels, and while it’s still hard to judge anything they do harshly, you can easily see their struggle. This is especially true of a company that now needs to continue the interest in things that are part of theme parks. That’s just the reality.

The news, especially with things like The Incredibles 2 already in production, may seem a little strange, but you have to respect the idea. We all love the characters Pixar has given us over the years, and there’s a lot of love for titles like Toy Story 3. But, when you think about Monsters University, or Cars 2, there’s just something different going on in your mind than when you think about Brave, Up, Wall-e, Ratatouille, or Inside Out.

Sure, the sequels they have given us still outshine most animated efforts we get, and it’s always »

- Marc Eastman

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The 9th Life Of Louis Drax Releases Teaser Poster

19 July 2016 11:38 AM, PDT

There are a fair number of odd stories coming to theaters in the next few months, but it’s going to be hard for any of them to compare to The 9th Life of Louis Drax, which hits September 2nd.

The film is based on the book by Liz Jensen, and is interestingly directed by Alexandre Aja, who managed some fine, if underappeciated, work on Horns. Neither film is likely to stand out to anyone as a powerhouse effort of direction, but Horns delivered a powerful subtlety in its conversations that bodes well here.

The film’s trailer has already been around (see below), but there’s something odd about its avoidance of the story’s titular oddity, and while posters (let’s face it) are really neither here nor there when it comes to ramping up excitement for a film, this teaser is a nice effort at laying the foundation of layering. »

- Marc Eastman

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