Category Archives: Animation

Kubo and the Two Strings review — Sad Son of the Samurai

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Directed by Travis Knight | Written by Marc Haimes, Chris Butler and Shannon Tindle | 101 min | ▲▲▲△△ The three or four trailers before this gorgeous animated feature (from the Portland-based Laika studio that produced Coraline) were your typical, caffeinated, hyper-edited kiddie chum animation. In comparison to those, Kubo and the Two Strings is a breath of fresh air,…Read More

Reviews: Equals, Anomalisa, Race

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Equals Directed by Drake Doremus | Written by Doremus and Nathan Parker | 101 min | ▲▲▲△△ | On iTunes Every so often a feature comes to online platforms that disappoints: Not because of the narrative quality of the film, but because it has such a gorgeous production design you can't help but wish you could watch it…Read More

Carbon Arc Reviews: The Winter/Spring 2016 Season

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Regular readers will know that for most of the past year I've been working at Halifax's Independent Cinema, Carbon Arc. At the beginning of 2016, I took on the role of Writer-in-Residence, writing on the site blog about the films we were watching and describing audience reactions. Reaching out to a growing community of cinephiles. At…Read More

Inside Out review — Coming to your emotional rescue

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Directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen, written by Docter, Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley Up, also written and directed by Pete Docter, was the last original Pixar creation to arrive in cinemas but for Brave in 2012. Between and since those, they've only released sequels; to Toy Story, Cars, and Monsters Inc. And many more sequels…Read More