Movie Review – ‘Cars 3’ Desperately Tries Not to be Cars 2

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If you haven’t been brought up to speed over the last eleven years of Cars history, I’ll help you out. The Cars movie only exists to sell toys. And if you’re parent, it’s likely you know this pretty well by now. Pixar makes bank selling Lightning McQueen and Mater toys. However, as a film franchise, it’s one of the worst Pixar properties in their long and successful film history. Of all their movies, Cars 2 is the only critically panned Pixar film to date.

Usually, when a sequel gets panned, a studio ends it and moves on. But since Cars is a merchandising cash cow, it was only inevitable they’d release the third installment and make it a trilogy. As a side note, it’s a little sad their worst property has a trilogy before The Incredibles. But I digress.

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Movie Review – ‘Captain Underpants’ Overflows with Potty Humor, Delighting Kids and Ignoring Adults

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When I was in third grade, I really wanted to see the movie Blank Check. My parents, on the other hand, weren’t so thrilled. Eventually, I convinced them to rent it for me and I loved it. As expected, they didn’t. Honestly, in my childhood mind, I didn’t understand why. But then I re-watched it this year and it all made total sense. Blank Check is geared entirely to kids in every way imaginable with no logical reasoning built into the story whatsoever. And who remembers Blank Check? No one.

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Movie Review — ‘Big Hero 6’ — Maximum Heroics

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The first Disney animated film to be based on a Marvel Comics’ property, Big Hero 6 proves that you don’t need a well-known superhero to produce a well-done superhero movie.

From the opening scene, sweeping across the grand fictional amalgam of a city, San Fransokyo, to the final fight, Big Hero 6 is a fun ride.

Review — ‘Ballet Of The Dolls’ Energizes and Entertains

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This was an anonymous submission from one of our readers.

Known for his outrageous take on style and runway, Grant Whitaker once again graced the stage literally and figuratively for the 5th Annual Fashion Ball, a fundraiser performed by Ballet of the Dolls at the historic Ritz Theatre.

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‘Our Town’ at The Lab Theatre Provides an Introspective Look at Life

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Theatre Latté Da is currently producing the play Our Town at The Lab Theatre in the North Loop. Originally written in 1983 by American playwright Thornton Wilder, local director Peter Rothstein has transformed this decades-old performance into a modern-day conversation on life, marriage, death, and the purpose of it all.

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