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8:00 AM on 04.04.2014

Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The First Avenger is my favorite film out of the Marvel line up (which is why I claimed this review). Captain America has always been my personal favorite Marvel character due to a mix of that cool Saturday m...

Nick Valdez


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Review: Mr. Peabody & Sherman photo
Review: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
by Nick Valdez

When Dreamworks first announced their plans to turn Peabody's Improbable History (a short which ran during The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show featuring Mr. Peabody and his boy companion, Sherman) into a full length animated film, I was a little worried that my once beloved cartoon (I used to wake up at three in the morning in order to catch reruns of it on Cartoon Network) would be run through the standard generic animated blender everything seems to go through now. Little did I know I would be so, so wrong. 

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is remarkably smart, adorable, educational, referential, heartwarming, effervescent, hilarious, and even a little rude. But most of all, it's improbably entertaining.

Which is exactly the way I like my Peabody. 

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Review: The LEGO Movie
by Nick Valdez

Since its first delightful teaser over a year ago, I have been eagerly anticipating The LEGO Movie more so than any other movie releasing in 2014. I was instantly drawn to the idea of seeing the very Lego sets I played with as a kid (and still play with on occasion) recreated in a loving stop motion/CG film. I'm just not quite sure why I was so excited in the first place. Is it nostalgia or some kind of attempt to rekindle my lost childhood? Now that I've grown up, should I completely forget things that once made me happy in order to fit in with the professional world? 

Wait, am I really thinking about all of this? It's The LEGO Movie we're talking about here! Strange thing is, The LEGO Movie actually builds on these philosophical dilemmas in an intelligent, wacky, and surprisingly sophisticated manner. 

So yeah, everything is awesome. 

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12:00 PM on 09.03.2013

New Releases, week of 9/7/13: Sabrina's Cat Edition

When the Sabrina the Teenage Witch show aired as part of ABC's TGIF lineup, I thought it was the neatest show (but Boy Meets World had it beat, hands down) since the animatronic cat on the program was named Salem and was voic...

Nick Valdez



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Review: The Dark Knight Rises
by Geoff Henao

The final film in a trilogy has so much at stake going for it. Not only do they have to tie everything together in a satisfactory way, they must do so in a way that justifies everything that has been built up towards the conclusion. With Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the stakes were raised so highly, both canonically and critically with 2008's The Dark Knight. While the film ended in a manner that set itself up for a third and final entry to Nolan's brilliant take on Batman mythos, it's hard to deny that Heath Ledger's spectacular portrayal of Batman's greatest nemesis, The Joker, would be hard to follow.

Did The Dark Knight Rises bring proper closure to everything Nolan and company has pieced together? More importantly, was it better than The Dark Knight? The answer may surprise you.

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Review: What to Expect When You're Expecting
by Matthew Razak

Sometimes you just have to put your romantic comedy hat on for a movie. There are some movies that will only work if you forget about real issues and emotions and facts and remember that people coming to the film are just looking for a laugh. What to Expect When You're Expecting is one of these movies. Unfortunately, even when you put your romantic comedy hat on it isn't that funny.

If you'd like a review that ignores the general idiocy of the film because it's meant to be a comedy then this isn't for you. I'm perfectly comfortable ignoring some idiocy in order to have a good time (just check out my Battleship review), but I have to be rewarded with a good time to do it.

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