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Penguins continues mediocrity

Penguins continues mediocrity

Out of the Dreamworks Animation stable of franchises, the curiously popular Madagascar series has always seemed like the benchmark of mediocrity. They've never been particularly funny, the animation when compared to the competition has always seemed blocky and lackadaisical, and the voice acting has never really stood out, aside perhaps for Sacha Baron Cohen's lemur king.

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Keaton shines in Birdman

Keaton shines in Birdman

Michael Keaton is the embodiment of a tour de force actor, who has portrayed a wide variety of roles that have stretched over the last three decades. For this past decade, Keaton hasn't headlined a film, leaving us clamoring for his eventual comeback film, and it has definitely been worth the wait for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

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Interstellar falls into sentimental black hole

Interstellar falls into sentimental black hole

With Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy; Inception) was, to use the obvious line, aiming for the stars. That epic aspiration does bear some fruit throughout the nearly three hour running time of this science fiction epic, though its final act crashes back down to Earth with a resounding, inexplicable thud.

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Nightcrawler a cut above conventional thrillers

Nightcrawler a cut above conventional thrillers

Any photojournalist will tell you that timing is everything when it comes to their craft. That perfect shot can't last forever, and it's up to them to catch it just in time to make the news beat. It's a fiercely competitive field, not just with differing news outlets, but with freelancers who can often be at the on the scene first hand.

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The Book of Life pretty to look at, but too busy to follow

The Book of Life pretty to look at, but too busy to follow

The Book of Life, the feature film debut of Jorge R. Guiterrez, is a film this critic has heard a number of people admit (including KMUW's Jim Erickson in his own review) lost them storywise partway through, though they were more than happy to stay for the fantastic visual universe onscreen.

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