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80s Nostalgia, Pirates! & Frankenweenies: Which Film Will Win The Oscar For Best Animated Feature?

2/24/2013 2:30pm EST
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Two years after winning this Oscar for Toy Story 3, Disney's back in the mix with not one, but two animated features amongst the five nominees in the category.

The studio will have better odds of winning -- but it's not a question of if one of their two films will win, it's a question of which one will win.

The clear choice here is Wreck-It Ralph, the highly nostagic story of a retro, 80s-style video game bad guy who just wants to be a good guy.

There should be little competition from the two Halloween-themed films: Tim Burton's lacking Frankenweenie and the equally 'meh' ParaNorman.


Blu-ray Review: 'Frankenweenie"

1/10/2013 11:00am EST
Ready to explore the classic Frankenstein tale through the eyes of Tim Burton?  Then check out our review of the new to Blu-ray stop motion flick "Frankenweenie," out now from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.  It’s alive – the review that is – below! 



   Title: "Frankenweenie"

   Grade: 3 1/2

   Cast: Voices of Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder

   Director: Tim Burton

   Rating: PG

   Runtime: 87 minutes

   Release Company: Walt Disney Home Entertainment


The Flick: "Frankenweenie" contains a strange mixture of wondrou...

Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

1/10/2013 10:13am EST
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...

No Serious Lessons or Negative Consequences in Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’

10/9/2012 6:36am EDT
Frankenweenie Poster
Only in Tim Burton's bizarre world would you find a Dutch town called New Holland, complete with a giant windmill and Hollywood style sign featuring its name. In this topsy-turvy setting for Burton's latest film "Frankenweenie," all the children aspire to academic greatness in the hope of winning the school science fair. Either that or they just want to play god. It's hard to tell.

At the center of this animated tale is Victor Frankenstein, an introspective boy who spends his days shooting monster movies with his dog Sparky and tinkering with gizmos. Victor's parents (Martin Short and Cath...

'Taken 2' Takes Top Box Office Spot; 'Frakenweenie' Disappoints

10/8/2012 8:59am EDT
Taken 2
Liam Neeson's kidnap drama "Taken 2" killed at the weekend box office, grossing $50 million. The action sequel's huge opening was double that of "Taken's" original outing in 2009, when it debuted with $24.7 million.

In the film, a retired CIA agent (Neeson) finds his family targeted by a vengeful crime boss in Istanbul. He must fight an army of killers to ensure their safe return.

Last week's number-one film, animated family hit "Hotel Transylvania," fell to second place with $26.3 million, while musical comedy "Pitch Perfect" entered the list at three with $14.7 million.

Sci-fi thrille...

Weekend Movie Preview: 'Taken 2,' 'Frankenweenie,' 'Pitch Perfect' & More

10/5/2012 11:00am EDT
Taken 2 Poster
This weekend at the movies Liam Neeson is back as tough ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills in “Taken 2,” Tim Burton delivers the feature-length version of his animated short “Frankenweenie,” Anna Kendrick sings her heart out in the comedy “Pitch Perfect,” Nicole Kidman gets scandalous in the thriller “The Paperboy,” a collaboration of directors subject you to nightmarish found footage in the horror anthology “V/H/S.”

I’ve seen “Taken 2,” “Frankenweenie,” and “V/H/S,” so I’ll share my thoughts on those.

MY PICKS: “Taken 2,” “The Paperboy,” and "V/H/S"


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