Kristy Puchko is a film critic/movie blogger who has written for Cinema Blend, Next Movie, Jezebel, The Film Stage, and Critical Mob. You can read her movie reviews here, or follow her on Twitter @KristyPuchko
Few things scream "cash grab" as loudly as a movie about a popular children's toy, as these productions rely highly on the brand recognition of children and nostalgia of adults. Making a good movie inspired by pre-existing playthings is such a rare thing that it almost seems impossible. Thankfully, Phil Lord and Chris Miller -- the directing duo behind the charming 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' and the hilarious '21 Jump Street' reboot -- are known for turning terrible-sounding projects into spectacularly entertaining adventures. And they've done the impossible with 'The LEGO Movie', creating a wonderful narrative that perfectly captures the wonder and joy of playing with the iconic building blocks.
Before 'Paranormal Activity 5' comes out this Halloween and continues the terrifying tale of the possessed Katie and her spooky nephew, Paramount Pictures has unveiled the spin-off 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.' Made to cater to the Latino audience that has been a major force in making this franchise a hit, this found-footage feature dedicatedly plays by the rules and expectations of the first four films while building on its mythos in a way that is sure to satisfy fans.
The "manic pixie dream girl" has become a well-recognized stereotype in romance movies. She's bubbly, flirtatious and quirky, but most importantly, she's a tool for the moody male hero to discover himself/a new lease on life. This usually makes her a bit grating and stale. But in Spike Jonze's 'Her,' this stock character is reimagined with a sci-fi twist and an incredible insightfulness that shakes off all of its stodgy expectations.
Beautiful. I scribbled this word in my notebook seven times as I watched Disney's latest princess adventure, 'Frozen.' Lots of other compliments can and will be paid to this profoundly wonderful film, but it is, above everything else, spectacularly beautiful.
In 2012, 'The Hunger Games' was not only critically acclaimed; it was also the third highest grossing blockbuster of the year, coming in behind 'The Avengers' and 'The Dark Knight Rises.' This meant Francis Lawrence, who took over directing duties for the film series after Gary Ross bowed out, has an incredibly high bar to meet with the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' second novel in her trilogy, 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.' We're elated to report that he's created a sequel that is bigger, bolder and all around better than its solid predecessor, helped in part by an extraordinary cast and a lusher budget.
With 'Don Jon' hitting theaters, Joseph Gordon-Levitt can officially add "writer/director" to his many-feathered cap. You probably know that he started out as a child actor, but do you know what his first commercial gig was or what film took his family to Africa...
Through their long line of beloved animated adventures, Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled a sprawling and dazzling array of animal characters, from Baloo the Bear and Winnie the Pooh, to the Cheshire Cat and Sebastian the crab.
You know their voices. You know their songs by heart. Now get to know the folks behind these memorable characters that enchanted your childhood.
Not only are Disney princesses icons recognized the world over, but also these fierce and flashy heroines have been role models to countless little girls over the past 70-plus years. They are brave, beautiful, and can belt a song that will send audiences home happy and humming. But who are the women behind these sparkling songs and pretty princesses? Let's meet the faces behind the voices.
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