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Short Starts: Watch the 1952 Animated Version of "Beauty and the Beast"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 9, 2012 11:49 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at two earlier animated versions of "Beauty and the Beast," in anticipation to Disney 3D rerelease, which hits theaters everywhere this Friday.

10 Impossible Gift Ideas Based on Recent Movies

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 7, 2011 5:36 PM
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From flame-throwing muscle cars to waffle-making robots to the hammer of Thor. Not even Santa Claus can make this wish list come true.

Is "The Muppets" a True Muppet Movie?

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 28, 2011 12:33 PM
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  • 26 Comments
I finally caught "The Muppets" over the long weekend, and while I did enjoy a lot of it, I was bothered by how little it actually qualifies as a true Muppet movie. How so, if the film does feature Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie the Bear and the rest of the gang (minus Rizzo, sadly)? Well, the Muppets are really just costars, supporting roles in a Jason Segel film rather than the main characters of their own. Some, like the barely present Rolf, seem as much to be celebrities making cameos as do Neil Patrick Harris and Selena Gomez.

One Little Problem with "Hugo" (Spoilers)

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 25, 2011 9:10 AM
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Let me start off by saying that I love Martin Scorsese's "Hugo." It's the perfect blend of "Amelie" and "The Sandlot" and "Cinema Paradiso" and the spirits of Charles Dickens and Jules Verne and of course the works of George Méliès and the rest of film's origins. But there is one little problem I have with the movie, and it's hard to make a fuss about it but when a movie is this wonderful the seemingly minor negative elements taunt you until you get them out in the open. So this discussion is a real necessity for me as a fan of this film and cinema in general. I'm not trying to be a complaining jerk about it. I swear.

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