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Many were turned off by Henry Selick’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1993. Scenes of talking skeletons, severed limbs, and disembodied heads came off as macabre and morbid to some who couldn’t get on board. Jorge Gutierrez’s The Book of Life has all of the same content, yet feels entirely different and wholly alive (no pun intended), simultaneously solving one of the shortcomings of its predecessor by adding one simple thing: colours.
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Remember when your parents told you to make fun of yourself before your bullies could, to deflate their insults? Someone told that to 22 Jump Street, too. It’s got some problems and much of it isn’t very original, but before you can even roll your eyes at the ridiculousness of its stupid premise or clichéd plot contrivances, the movie’s already making the joke. 22 Jump Street may be the most meta movie since Adaptation. and the most self-aware comedy since the Wayne’s World movies.