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'Big Hero 6': Disney Viewed through a Marvel Lens

Big Hero 6 draws its themes and central relationship from the classic Disney and Pixar templates but includes all of the trappings of a Marvel superhero origin film.

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I Was So Bored Watching 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

Star Wars is the latest exemplar of a genre that's accelerating toward its own creative exhaustion. That genre, of course, is the Hollywood tent-pole.

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The New 'Walt Disney Short Films Collection' Is Rather Charming

Although we expect some emotional junk food from Disney studios, this new collection boasts shorts that not only warm your heart, but dazzle you with impressive animation, as well.

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'Spring Breakers', 'Pain & Gain' and Postmodern Folly at the Movies

Rather than exercise judgment or critical perspective on crime and punishment, Spring Breakers and Pain & Gain share their characters’ self-indulgence, making narcissism seem like a palatable or practical means to achieve goals.

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Appreciate Life's Wonders: 'Peter Pan: Diamond Edition'

Peter Pan isn’t without its share of criticism, but fans of the classic will be wowed by the beautiful Blu-ray transfer and the respectable stable of new special features not previously available on earlier editions of the film.

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An Open Letter to Tom Cruise: How to Make a Movie Rock

Dear Tom Cruise: We know you are hurting from the failure of Rock of Ages. However, if you learn the lessons from the best rock-themed movies, you can still make a rock film for the ages.

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You Can't Go Home Again: Why Nintendo Shouldn't Grow Up

You can't go home again. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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West Coast Sound: Is Disney Victim to the "Decision Illusion"?

Is Disney's decision to let go of its subsidiary Marvel's entire West Coast marketing team a sound one? The question is certainly nowhere near as interesting as what this decision signals about the entertainment industry as a whole.

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'Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête)': At Odds with Itself

Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast remains a bizarre, eerie and unusual film, filled with dark characters, troubling themes and some truly awe-inspiring visuals.

Culture

Recent Retro, Or What Will We Be Nostalgic About in the Future?

A look back at a 1990’s childhood, with “where is it now?” updates!

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Various Artists: TRON: Legacy Reconfigured

Yet another disposable remix album proving that zero multiplied is still zero.

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Cinderella May Have Eaten Peggy Orenstein's Daughter, But Who Ate Cinderella?

All the expertise in the world doesn’t prepare a parent to face the vagaries of American culture that lays itself pink, shiny, and bejewelled at the feet of a young girl.

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Great Entrance, Unca Scrooge: Warren Spector Finds Richness in DuckTales

It's not so much that Warren Spector, the visionary behind Epic Mickey and the legendary Deus Ex, conforms to the genius of DuckTales' generic conventions--it's that he evolves them.

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Tuning in to 'Totally Tooned In'

Vintage cartoons finally have a home on broadcast television.

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Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Tuesdays

If you want to know what’s new on primetime TV this fall, stop right here.

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Miley Cyrus: Can't Be Tamed

The essential Disney pop starlet decides to release a "mature" album, and ends up sounding as confused, anonymous, and downright boring as ever. Thanks, Mickey.

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'Toy Story 3' and the Best Scene of the Summer

Instead of reviewing the film itself, we focus on a single sequence in Toy Story 3 -- call it the "incinerator stand-off"-- and use it as a means of explaining Pixar's enduring power within the art form.

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The House of Mouse's House of Ideas

What does Disney's Acquisition of Marvel Comics Mean For True Believers Everywhere?

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Earth

Earth caters to a younger audience, keeping its biological and environmental lessons at a basic level of understanding.

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Pure

Pure will appeal to those who already ride ATVs and wonder what it'd be like to ride without our world's current gravitational limits.

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Disney accused of profiling black teens

Henry Pierson Curtis and Scott Powers
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Spectrobes

If Nintendo were given a dollar for every Pokémon clone out there, they'd be a whole lot richer.

Azmol Meah
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The Incredibles (2004)

Instead of dolls and fishies, the stars of the The Incredibles are angsty adults, specifically, superheroes whose flying-high heyday is over.

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