The Secret of Kells

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{3.5/5} “You can’t find out everything from books, you know.” Brendan lives in a monastery where his uncle¬†Cellach is the abbot. Uncle Cellach is focussed on building a wall around the monastery, to keep the Vikings out. The other monks, as well as Brendan, are more interested in illuminating manuscripts. When Aidan arrives with the […]

9

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{3.5/5} “Some things in this world are better left where they lie. But if you know where to look, these ruins are full of riches.” There’s been an apocalypse, and all the humans are dead. 9 is a doll-like creature, somehow given life by a scientist. He finds a small group of creatures like himself, […]

Megamind

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{4.5/5} “Imagine the most horrible, terrifying, evil thing you can possibly think of… and multiply it by 6!” Metro Man and Megamind have been fighting each other for a long time. On the day that Metro City is opening a new museum devoted to its defender Metro Man, Megamind puts his new plan into action. […]

Dragons: Riders of Berk (season 1)

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{4.5/5} “Why Bucket, every day’s a good day for luggin’ sheep.” In the two-part “Heather Report” a new girl shows up on Berk — everyone welcomes her except Astrid, who’s suspicious of her. In the two-part “We Are Family” Hiccup finds a map leading to an island of night furies — unfortunately the map is […]

Frankenweenie

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{4/5} “Ladies and gentlemen. I think the confusion here is that you are all very ignorant. Is that right word, ignorant? I mean stupid, primitive, unenlightened. You do not understand science, so you are afraid of it. Like a dog is afraid of thunder or balloons. To you, science is magic and witchcraft because you […]

The Illusionist

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{4/5} An aging illusionist travels from town to town by train to put on shows, but sometimes there are very few people in the audience. People are more interested in seeing rock bands. He meets a young woman who’s working at a hotel he’s staying at and they form a bond. She sneaks away to […]

Persepolis

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{4.5/5} “It’s fear that makes us lose our self-awareness.” Marjane is a young girl in Iran when the Shah is overthrown. Everyone is hopeful that the new government will be much better — unfortunately it turns out to be much worse. With the heavy restrictions on what you can say and do, and the war […]

Kiki’s Delivery Service

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{4/5} “You’d think they’d never seen a girl and a cat on a broom before.” Kiki is a young witch in training — that means, at age 13, she leaves home to live somewhere else for a year. She finds a town where the people initially seem unfriendly but she eventually finds some friendlier residents. […]

ParaNorman

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{4/5} “There’s nothing wrong with being scared, Norman, so long as you don’t let it change who you are.” Norman can see and talk to dead people, and there are a bunch of them in his town. Of course, everyone else thinks he’s strange and makes fun of him because of this. He does manage […]

Rio

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{3/5} “I don’t care about your nicked knick-knacks. Your burgled baubles bore me.” Linda has taken care of Blu, a macaw, since he was a baby.¬†A scientist came along to tell her that Blu is the last male of his kind and he wants to introduce him to the last female to try to keep […]