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Review: "Dora and Friends: Into the City" - Same As It Ever Was

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Disappointment awaits those hoping that Nickelodeon’s top-selling Spanish-speaking moppet would get an attitude and story makeover in her new show, Dora and Friends: Into the City. Dora has gone from being an elementary school kid to a teenager, and dropped the anthropomorphic animals and sentient inanimate objects that were her friends in favor of several […]

Review: Madness Reigns in "Batman: Assault on Arkham"

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In the 1980’s, John Ostrander and Kim Yale revived DC’s Suicide Squad as a team comic book starring second-string supervillains performing plausibly deniable black bag covert operations for the government in exchange for reduced sentences. The title proved early on that its title was not a figure of speech — members of the Squad could […]

Review: Disney's "Tarzan" Blu-ray Triumphs

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Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan has been a perennial on screens large and small for decades, so it’s surprising that one of the most faithful adaptations of the original novel is Disney’s Tarzan, now available on a new deluxe Blu-ray combo pack edition. Released in 1999, Tarzan is one of the true gems of the post-Renaissance […]

Review: "Divergent (UK Edition)": Chooses Wisely Where Others Regret

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There’s a pearl of wisdom that says there are specific types of fiction one needs to sample at set points in their life. In particular, young adults are recommended to immerse themselves in stories about loss, sacrifice, and exactly what is at stake in maintaining a just society. This is arguably when we as people […]

Review: "Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (UK Edition)": Puts All Its Eggs In One Basket

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It’s become something of a pocket tradition since 2012 for me to review each successive film in the Mardock Scramble animated trilogy. I went into the series absolutely blind and found something that while fairly dark was also oddly engrossing. Of course with this being the third consecutive summer, it means we’re now at the […]

Review: "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Keys of Friendship" Doesn't Unlock Much

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Increasingly, I find the blush is coming off the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic rose, as successive seasons of the show don’t manage to capture the lightning in a bottle that made its earlier seasons so thoroughly enjoyable, replacing that sense of fun with ever-more ponderous additions to the show’s mythology and especially to […]

Review: "Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild (UK DVD Release)": The Long Awaited Vindication of Louis Le Prince

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Hello! Ashens And The Quest For The GameChild! Available on DVD and Blu-ray. Collect them all! Ok, let’s stop this. Clearly I am not a brown sofa patch on the man himself, nor is this a video review (though I am British and live in a house in East Anglia with too much plastic tat). […]

Review: Rankin-Bass "The Hobbit" and "Return of the King" Remastered DVDs - Classics Revisited

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It’s always nice to discover that an old cartoon from your childhood holds up to your fond nostalgic feelings for it. The Rankin-Bass adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit proves to be one of those cartoons. The TV special, first aired in the late 1970’s, was my personal introduction to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, and while the […]

Review: "Strange Hill High (UK Edition)": Puppet Ghoul School Fun

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Josh Weinstein is the co-creator and show runner of Strange Hill High, an interesting case of an American industry veteran steering a British production. Many will remember Weinstein working with Bill Oakley to run what is seen by many as the final leg of the ‘golden age’ of The Simpsons. Airing on CBBC (who seem to […]

Review: "Planes: Fire and Rescue" Lights My Fire

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My head can rattle off numerous problems with Planes: Fire and Rescue. It’s storyline and character twists just recycle the first Planes movie. Several of the plot twists that aren’t recycled are still predictable from a mile off. It relies a bit too heavily on paper-thin stock characters, if not extremely stale ethnic stereotypes. It […]

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