CORE STORY: Ghostbusters can’t tame Pets at the box office

Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing

Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing

Chris Luckett

Despite a lot of interest in the project and strong reviews, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot couldn’t quite overtake The Secret Life of Pets in its second weekend. Continue reading

REVIEW: The Secret Life of Pets

Photo: Universal Pictures

Image: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

Illumination Entertainment, the animation production company that made a name for itself by liberally borrowing from Megamind to create Despicable Me, is back to liberally borrow from many other movies — most notably, Toy Story, Stuart Little, and Oliver & Company.

Learning the wrong lessons from the success of Despicable Me (as only a studio that decided to create the Minions spinoff could), The Secret Life of Pets is cuteness and brief excitement blown up across feature-length. As such, it’s distractingly bright and enjoyable while it’s barrelling toward its end credits, but fleetingly forgettable the moment it finishes. Continue reading