REVIEW: The BFG

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

Steven Spielberg may be most well known for action, aliens, and war stories, but when he directs his talents toward family-friendly stories, he’s capable of conjuring real magic.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is one of the greatest works in family cinema, ultimately getting nine Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. Hook may not be as narratively tidy, but the visual realm Spielberg brought to life remains unforgettable. His latest, The BFG, is another such magically marvellous adventure. Continue reading

REVIEW: Rio 2

Image: Twentieth Century Fox

Image: Twentieth Century Fox

Chris Luckett

Avian animation has a spotty track record. For every Chicken Run, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, or Surf’s Up, there’s a Free Birds, Valiant, or Happy Feet 2. The first Rio had a great many flaws, but was still a competent movie. Rio 2 has fewer overall problems on a narrative or technical level, but the main issue the movie has is so critical that it deflates the film. Continue reading