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Reviews: "American Dad Vol. 7" Waves A Different Flag Than Expected

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Good morning, USA! Hyper-patriotic Stan Smith has returned with his family for another volume of this Seth MacFarlane comedy, but as time goes on, Stan’s family grows. His daughter Hayley has gotten married, his son Steve gets a clone, Roger marries a redneck (and dates Steve’s friend Snot), and Francine rejoins the workforce … at […]

Review: "The Smurfs and the Magic Flute" - No Magic Here

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The Smurfs were a European phenomenon long before they were a success story as American collectibles and iconic Saturday morning TV stars. They were introduced in a comic album titled The Flute with Six Holes, as supporting characters in Peyo’s quasi-medieval comics about a brave knight named Johan and his loyal and diminutive squire Peewit. […]

Review: "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding" Is a Date You Should Save

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Bronies. If you follow cartoons and aren’t already a brony yourself, you’re probably sick of hearing about them, but let me indulge everyone else. A brony is an adult male fan of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. I guess I’m one. I’m 36, I like the show, and I started a brony group here […]

Review: "Black Lagoon Series 1 & Series 2 (UK DVD Editions)": Can't Keep A Silencer On This

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Rokuro Okajima is a young man at the end of his rope: After getting through college he has found himself seemingly trapped in a menial job within a Tokyo conglomerate, and things look set to end in a pitiful whimper for him when, during an assignment to transport an important disc across the South China […]

Review: "Cat Planet Cuties" Scratches Playfully

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They’re coming to visit us! The Catians are Earth’s first contact with an alien species, and they look a lot like us. Except for the cat ears. And cat tails. And apparently predominantly females that can go into heat. They’ve fallen into the lap of Kio Kakazu, a guy who just likes to make films […]

Review: "Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand" Stands Above the Live Action Movies

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I felt a little bit of trepidation when I first saw the box of Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand. The character designs looked like the characters in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Bayformers. The first Bayformers movie is the only movie that I’ve ever walked out in the middle of, and seeing the rest later on cable […]

Review: In "Fractale," Sometimes the Little Victories Are the Sweetest

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Some adventures are grand, sweeping affairs featuring hundreds of characters in massive worlds full of daring escapes, massive armies and all the other fun stuff: See Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, etc. etc. etc.  Others are more intimate adventures where a few people achieve a personal triumph on a much smaller scale: more Niea_7 […]

Review: "Twinkle Toes" Movie Has Little Flash, Less Substance

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I can’t say I was optimistic on hearing that Skechers shoes were going to be expanding their animated TV ads into feature-length direct-to-video movies. I’m not reflexively against merchandise-based cartoons, but shoes just don’t seem to spark the imagination in the same way that dolls, action figures, or even board games can. Consequently, it’s not […]

Norman Alden, RIP

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Character actor Norman Alden, who voiced Aquaman on the iconic 1970s SuperFriends series, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 87. Alden, whose IMDb page lists 237 titles to his credit, performed mostly in a series of one-time appearances in live-action TV shows. He made his debut in 1957 and worked steadily for […]

"Dark Knight Rises" Continues to Top Box Office Charts

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Ice Age: Continental Drift grossed $13.3 million over the weekend, giving the animated title the second spot on the box office charts and cumulative gross of $114.8 million, Box Office Mojo reports. The Dark Knight Rises took the top spot with a gross of $64.1 million. Brave sank to seventh place, being bumped by freshman […]

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