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The Jurassic Puppet Show

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

And I'm not talking about Avenue Q or Hand to God or the various Muppet movies or anything else in which the idea of the puppet is as much a part of the joke as anything else.

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron -- The End Is Nigh

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

These feel like cinematic end times -- not in terms of Hollywood movies (that horse is already out of the barn), but in the pack-mentality, "hey, it's good enough" approach of critics to the colossus that bestrides summer movies, otherwise known as the Marvel Universe.

Why Stephan Franck Was Drawn to Use Hand-drawn Animation on The Legend of Smurfy Hollow

Jim Hill | Posted 09.17.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Mind you, Franck wasn't willing to settle for the sort of half-hearted hand-drawn animation that you used to see on Saturday morning television back in the late 1970s / early 1980s. He wanted to do something richer, far more highly detailed.

The Visual Effects (VFX) Paradox

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
John Tarnoff

How can it be that almost every movie (and every big-grossing movie!) out there is VFX-driven, and yet one of the top companies in the industry has to file Chapter 11?

The Online Premiere of Disney's Paperman

Jim Hill | Posted 04.01.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

2013-01-30-Paperman Now don't let this charming, deceptively simple-looking film fool you. Though Paperman may have a limited color palette (i.e. grey, white, black & red), the sky's the limit when it comes to the innovative technology that actually made this animated short possible.

Movie Review: Thor

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thor is a comic-book movie made by a Shakespearean -- Kenneth Branagh -- in 3D. And, intriguingly, he mostly makes it work.

ReThink Review: Despicable Me -- A Victim of the Toy Story 3 Hangover

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

There's nothing egregiously wrong with Despicable Me, the new 3D-CG movie about a supervillain named Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) whose dastardly plo...