Film review: ZOOTOPIA, from ‘Built For Speed’

Disney’s Zootopia is one of the best animated films of recent years. Other recent films in this genre have contained sparkling photo-realistic animation, a few clever gags and some endearing characters but Zootopia has all these qualities combined with a clever film noir-like detective plot and a variety of thoughtful and positive messages. Zootopia is set in an imaginary world

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Film review: BIG HERO 6, from Built For Speed

Disney/ Marvel animated film Big Hero 6 is exciting, energetic holiday entertainment for youngsters who love robots, cute characters, superheroes and tech-driven thrills. Based on the Marvel comic of the same name, Big Hero 6 features 14-year-old kid genius aptly named Hiro (Ryan Potter) who, despite a vast knowledge of science and technology, prefers to spend his time in robot

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Film review: THE WIND RISES, from Built For Speed

Best known in this country for the vivid animated fantasy films Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, Japanese writer-director Hayao Miyazaki brings us what is arguably his most mature, moving and contemplative film,  The Wind Rises.  This is reportedly Miyazaki’s last film and with its artistically inspired and introspective protagonist and typical Miyazaki themes such as pacifism, environmental devastation, the role

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Film review: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, from Built For Speed

Monsters University is a prequel to the highly successful 2001 film Monsters Inc.  which was a clever and very endearing parody of both the corporate world and monster movies.  In that film monsters entered the human world to frighten kiddies in their beds and in a fine example of renewable energy, used the children’s screams to power the monster world.

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Film review: THE CROODS, from Built For Speed

The Croods is an animated film about a family of cave people which might sound like a thinly disguised rehash of The Flintstones but it’s actually a thinly disguised but very well made, rehash of most family-oriented animated films of the last few decades. The eponymous Croods are a prehistoric family whose lives are, not surprisingly, ruled by fear of

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