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Movie Review -- 'Aladdin' is a Shameful Remake of Disney Classic

Whether you like it or not, the box office will be playing host to Disney as they re-merchandise their back catalog into live-action movies until further notice. While the process began with earlier works produced a generation ago, now that the Mouse has decided to furiously tap into 90s nostalgia (the 30-year nostalgia cycle is relentless), this year we’re getting Aladdin and The Lion King repackaged and sold to us once again.

Putting snark aside for a moment, I don’t consider any piece of media so precious and holy that they should be preserved in amber. Remakes are as old as Hollywood itself,...

Movie Review -- 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' is a Perfect Holiday Family Flick

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Nearly five years have passed since the release of one of the most underwhelming sequels put together from (nearly) the entire original cast and crew. Mixed reviews and the strong reheated aftertaste from those leftovers put a sour taste in viewers' mouths with the release of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The third entry, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, returns to the roots of what made the original Night at the Museum a success.When the magical powers that...

Dear Robin Williams: Thank You

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Dear Robin, The news of your sudden passing brought a cloud over the world. No one expected this. How could a man who made everyone smile choose to end his life in such a way? Knowing what we know now, however, it seems as though you didn't know of another way out. While many people knew about you way before Aladdin, that movie was the starting point for many my age. While you were on this Earth you made us laugh, cry, and ponder life's many questions. You were never afraid to tackle sensitive issues head-on either, including your own struggles with...

Minneapolis Theatre Honors Robin Williams With Free Screening

Dead Poets Society This week saw the loss of an actor that spanned generations, from Mork and Mindy to Aladdin. News organizations and social media have been bursting with memorials to Robin Williams. This weekend, the local St. Anthony Main Theatre will pay tribute as well. To honor Robin Williams' career, the historic Minneapolis movie theatre will host a free screening of one of his most loved movies  (and one of my personal favorites),...