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DVD Review: The Last Song

25 August 2010 11:27 AM, PDT

Nicholas Sparks author of The Notebook (2004) and Dear John (2010), tugs at your heartstrings again in The Last Song (2010), a film tailor made for Miley Cyrus. Sparks and the Cyrus camp team up to bring teens and movie goers a heartfelt story about the joys and pitfalls of growing up. Grab the box of tissues, the sleeve of bon-bon and your super soft blanket; because, yes it is that kind of film! Begrudgingly, Ronnie Miller (Miley Cyrus) is forced to leave New York City to visit her estranged father Steve (Greg Kinnear) along with her younger brother Jonah (Bobby Coleman). At eighteen, the troubled teen already has an impressive rap sheet and time away from the city is much needed. Back in the day, Ronnie was a musical protege, but just to spite her father she refuses to ever play again. While visiting her father in the remote beachside community, Ronnie »

- cjoyce@corp.popstar.com (Colleen Joyce)

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DVD Review: James And The Giant Peach

24 August 2010 9:15 AM, PDT

Henry Selick has made two remarkable movies that are too often attributed to Tim Burton, namely The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and James and the Giant Peach (1996). Heck, most people even refer to The Nightmare Before Christmas as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Selick was always wise enough and frankly grateful enough not to complain, as it was Burton's support that convinced Disney to let Selick craft his quirky, creepy, fairly non-commercial stop-motion animation features. To this day, Nightmare Before Christmas is considered a classic, while James and the Giant Peach remains, in the minds of most, an afterthought. And that, friends, is a shame. Yes, it's true that James and the Giant Peach, an ambitious adaptation of the Roald Dahl of the same name, isn't quite as memorable as Nightmare Before Christmas. But it's no slouch of a movie and is, in fact, better than most animated fare produced these days. »

- ianspelling@corp.popstar.com (Ian Spelling)

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