At this point, there are as many oceanic documentaries as there are stars in the sky, or perhaps fish in the sea.
“Oceans” is the latest entry in the big bottomless blue sweepstakes and while it doesn’t necessarily redefine the genre, this Disneynature release is more artful and considered than its competition, permitting audiences a far more meditative take on the mysteries of the deep than the average educational film would allow.
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On the plus side, Jennifer Lopez is the most appealing she’s been in quite some time in “The Back-Up Plan.”
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I found it extremely tiring to accurately deduce what the documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is attempting to communicate.
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Chasing a dose of speed with a shot of Sergio Leone, the South Korean western “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” is an exaggerated, highly charged valentine to the Spaghetti Western.
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In the 12 years since James Cameron last directed a feature film (a little art-house number called “Titanic,” heard of it?), much has changed in the growing field of special effects.
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“A Shine of Rainbows” is a film trapped in amber.
An Irish-flavored family distraction, the picture resembles a live-action Disney artifact from the 1950s, with its boundless enthusiasm for gentle adventuring, warm domestic bonding, and tragic turns of fate. While far from the most convincing source of matinee entertainment, it’s pleasing to find something not backed by an aggressive marketing campaign, focused on the plague of modern youth, or weighed down by bathroom humor.
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