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Frozen Trailer


Anna is a young girl determined to save the world as she sets out with her best friend Kristoff, a burly mountain dweller, and his friendly pet reindeer Sven on a mission to restore warmth to the kingdom of Arendelle. Her wicked sister, Elsa, also known as the Snow Queen, has cursed the realm to suffer a never-ending winter, forcing Anna and Kristoff to brave freezing conditions unlike any they've ever experienced as they set out to stop Elsa. But the bitter winds and endless snow fields become the least of their problems as they encounter creatures such as trolls along the way. They also meet the nasally challenged snowman Olaf, who joins them on their trip after becoming confusedly acquainted with Kristoff. Will Anna save the frosty kingdom? Or will Elsa's power prove much too strong?

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Smurfs 2: I'm Too Smurfy - Clip


The Smurfs are back in a brilliant movie sequel that sees them take on evil magician Gargamel for a second time as he makes another attempt at harnessing the blue power of the Smurf people. This time, he has successfully created a group of similar creatures called Naughties, which he has plans to use to lure the impressionable Smurfette to him in order to finally win their potent magic. Aware of the kidnapping, the rest of the Smurfs band together on a rescue mission alongside their human acquaintances Patrick and Grace Winslow who agree to help them get to Smurfette and convince her that she belongs at home.

Right Said Fred, the nineties duo responsible for the number one 1991 hit 'I'm Too Sexy', has got involved in the promotions for the new film, marking the celebrations of Global Smurfs Day on June 22nd 2013, the day after 'The Smurfs 2' is released on the 21st. They have recorded a brand new track called 'I'm Too Smurfy', which isn't too dissimilar from their debut hit as you'd imagine, in a video featuring people in Smurf costumes getting funky and the duo painting their faces blue in honour of the Smurfs' return.

The Smurfs 2 Trailer


The Smurfs return following a harrowing experience lost in New York while being pursued by the evil wannabe wizard Gargamel in 'The Smurfs'. Their plight is not over, however, as Gargamel will stop at nothing to harness the power of the blue creatures. Currently an icon of sorcery in Paris, he creates two Smurf-like creatures called Naughties who he uses to tempt the impressionable Smurfette in a life of mischief as she holds the valuable secret of the spell to turn the Naughties into real Smurfs. After she is kidnapped, her family and friends embark on a mission to save her, whether she wants to be or not, and enlists the help of their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow to take down Gargamel once and for all and lead Smurfette back on the straight and narrow.

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Now Is Good Trailer


Tessa is like every other sixteen year old; she'd love a boyfriend and she'd like to lose her virginity as soon as possible. Her best friend Tessa encourages her wishes. There is a difference, however: Tessa has leukaemia. She was diagnosed with it four years ago but has recently learned that it is terminal.

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The Smurfs Trailer


Standing three apples high, the tiny Smurfs live happily and peacefully in their medieval Smurfs village. However, their quiet way of life is threatened by the evil wizard Gargamel and his long-suffering, wise cracking cat Azrael. Gargamel wants to become the most powerful sorcerer in the world and to do that, he needs the Smurfs' essence.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Review


Bad
It would be nice to think that the infusion of new blood into the Star Wars franchise, in the form of director Dave Filoni and screenwriters Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, and Scott Murphy, would reinvigorate the series and correct the shortcomings of some of the previous installments. It would be nice to think that the introduction of animation to the mix might create new opportunities for the storytelling aesthetic. It would be nice to think a lot of things, but this latest installment suffers from all of the less appealing qualities of its predecessors and benefits from few of their strengths.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars takes place in between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and somewhere in the middle of the Clone Wars television series that appeared on The Cartoon Network from 2003-2005. A newsreel style introduction (unfortunately reminiscent of Starship Troopers) explains that the eponymous conflict between the Republic's Jedi-led clone army and the Separatist droid army led by Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) is well underway. While Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) fight a campaign on a distant planet, Anakin is saddled with a pupil, the Padawan Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) who quickly proves herself to be plucky and impetuous in a way that's supposed to be endearing but is actually grating. (You're going to call Anakin "Skyguy?" Really?)

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Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003) Review


Very Good
Star Wars: Clone Wars, a "micro-series" that originally aired on Cartoon Network and on the Star Wars website, bridges the gap between two films in the popular epic; the clone wars began during Episode II's spectacular finale, and will apparently be finishing up as Episode III begins. This DVD volume collects the first 20 shorts, totaling about 70 minutes. The shorts follow the adventures of characters both major (Anakin, Obi-Wan) and supporting (Mace Windu, and a host of other Jedi with only a few lines in the prequels) as they lead the clone army against endless hordes of ruthless, but still fairly dim, droids.

Some die-hard fans have proclaimed, with the internet nerd's mixture of hyperbole and stridence, that Clone Wars represents Star Wars "as it should be," a rejoinder to the allegedly disappointing prequel films. But these shorts actually resemble quick, exaggerated elaborations on the action-laden last 45 minutes of Attack of the Clones. Coming from me, this is a high compliment; I revere those 45 minutes of Attack of the Clones with an intensity others reserve for church, or Lord of the Rings. It's just difficult to figure why the Clone Wars episodes garner so much more praise than their obvious antecedent.

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James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, Matt Lanter and Egyptian Theater - James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane and Matt Lanter Los Angeles, California - 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' premiere at the Egyptian Theater - arrivals Sunday 10th August 2008

James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, Matt Lanter and Egyptian Theater
James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, Matt Lanter and Egyptian Theater
James Arnold Taylor and Egyptian Theater
James Arnold Taylor and Egyptian Theater

Tom Kane and Egyptian Theater Sunday 10th August 2008 'Star Wars: The Clone Years' premiere at the Egyptian Theater - arrivals Los Angeles, California

Tom Kane and Egyptian Theater

The Wild Thornberrys Movie Review


Excellent
Considering that I have not watched a Nickelodeon show since Double Dare, I didn't know what to expect from The Wild Thornberrys Movie, based on a popular cartoon from the network. Surprisingly, the film is a hilarious adventure and I shamelessly enjoyed it. The primary audience for this one is kids 12 and under, but directors Cathy Malkasian and Jeff McGrath really took big kids like me into consideration when they put this animated extravaganza together. It features a fantastic score composed by Paul Simon, appropriate to its sub-Saharan setting and is accompanied by a splendid new song from The Dave Matthews Band. Its progressive themes of ecological preservation and racial tolerance also add to the warm tingly nostalgic feeling of the film, but it never gets too cheesy. Let's just say that the Disneyfication of this one is kept to a minimum. It even has a PG rating.

The story follows the Thornberrys, a hodge-podge British family of three generations all living in one souped-up trailer home, as they travel throughout the world documenting nature's wonders. Our protagonist is young Eliza (Lacey Chabert), who has been given a magical gift to talk to animals. Eliza is the quintessential loner, as she is more content with her animal friends than her family's rules and constantly seeks adventure. Along with her chimpanzee companion Darwin (Tom Kane), she manages to get into trouble when she recklessly takes the baby cheetah Akela past the safe boundaries of the desert. Sure enough, malicious poachers snatch up Akela from a helicopter, and despite Eliza's heroic efforts, she's unable to save the cub. Heartbroken and facing rebuke from her bewildered parents, Eliza is shipped off to boarding in school in England. Trapped in the confines of "civilization," Eliza vows to find the lost cheetah cub and to return to her family where she rightfully belongs.

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The Powerpuff Girls Movie Review


Very Good
The Motion Picture Association of America, in their policy to specify why a movie receives its rating, gave a PG to the animated feature The Powerpuff Girls Movie for this reason: "non-stop frenetic animated action." Boy, they got that right. Based on creator Craig McCracken's popular Cartoon Network series, this tale of America's cutest superheroes is chock-full of flashing, bullet-fast action sequences as three little girls cause trouble, wreak havoc, and, of course, save the day. As a whole, the film is not as quickly paced as its parts, but the adventure is great fun nonetheless.

And that can be chalked up to the single element that differentiates the heavy-duty action in The Powerpuff Girls from, say, a Pokémon feature: humor. Just like the entertaining television series, the Powerpuff movie has laughs to spare, some aimed at the grade school set and many targeted at their parents.

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Rugrats Go Wild! Review


Bad
You would have figured that with a show and movie series as delightfully cynical as Rugrats would have had the foresight to see that naming a movie with "Go Wild" in the title is just asking for insult. The similarities between the "Wild" movies go beyond the titles. Both take place in exotic getaway spots (a deserted island / a deserted alley outside a cheap New Orleans bar in Mardi Gras). Both involve a large cast of characters whose names you don't remember and whose voice you can barely make out through the sucking, slurping, or slurring of something or another. Oh yeah, and both are an utter waste of time unless your mind can't discern between binki-ness and kinkiness.

As if your kid will care, Rugrats Go Wild! is a cross between the shows Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys, in which a Rugrats family vacation leads to being stranded on a deserted island. The only other inhabitants are the Thornberrys, a dysfunctional set of explorers with a souped-up RV that makes the new Lexus SUVs look like bumper cars. The adults get the idea to start going Lord of the Flies. The babies get the idea to start going exploring, and I get the idea to leave the theatre before dealing with an extra hour and a half of wasted time.

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Tom Kane Movies

Frozen Trailer

Frozen Trailer

Anna is a young girl determined to save the world as she sets out with...

Smurfs 2 - I'm Too Smurfy Trailer

Smurfs 2 - I'm Too Smurfy Trailer

The Smurfs are back in a brilliant movie sequel that sees them take on evil...

The Smurfs 2 Trailer

The Smurfs 2 Trailer

The Smurfs return following a harrowing experience lost in New York while being pursued by...

Now Is Good Trailer

Now Is Good Trailer

Tessa is like every other sixteen year old; she'd love a boyfriend and she'd like...

The Smurfs Trailer

The Smurfs Trailer

Standing three apples high, the tiny Smurfs live happily and peacefully in their medieval Smurfs...

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Movie Review

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Movie Review

It would be nice to think that the infusion of new blood into the Star...

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The Wild Thornberrys Movie Movie Review

The Wild Thornberrys Movie Movie Review

Considering that I have not watched a Nickelodeon show since Double Dare, I didn't know...

The Powerpuff Girls Movie Movie Review

The Powerpuff Girls Movie Movie Review

The Motion Picture Association of America, in their policy to specify why a movie receives...

Rugrats Go Wild! Movie Review

Rugrats Go Wild! Movie Review

You would have figured that with a show and movie series as delightfully cynical as...

The Powerpuff Girls Movie Movie Review

The Powerpuff Girls Movie Movie Review

Successfully super-sized but otherwise no different from an episode of its TV inspiration, "The Powerpuff...

The Wild Thornberrys Movie Movie Review

The Wild Thornberrys Movie Movie Review

Far more imaginative and ambitious than the trivial, cash-in features Nickelodeon has made from its...

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