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FILM REVIEW: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (Steve Carr, 2016)

It can be so heartening to see the quality of films on offer for the younger audience. On the animation front they’re spoilt for choice, with Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks Animation and Illumination Entertainment all providing top quality choices. And recently we were treated to one of the great teen films of this generation with The Edge of Seventeen. But for every gem, there are usually multiple piles of steaming crap. Unfortunately, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life falls into the latter category. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

FILM REVIEW: The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur (Peter Sohn, 2015)

2015 marks the first year that Pixar have released two films in the one year. Despite their frequent output of genius, one had to wonder: were they aiming too high? Would The Good Dinosaur measure up to the brilliance of Inside Out? Would the reboot of the Jurassic franchise help ignite our dinosaur love? Unfortunately, it would seem a no on both counts, with The Good Dinosaur shaping up to be Pixar’s first box office loss. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Good Dinosaur


Minions (Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin, 2015)

After the surprisingly good Despicable Me and its sequel, studio execs at Universal must have rubbed their hands with glee at the thought of all the extra money they could make off some cute little yellow blobs (THINK OF THE PLUSH TOYS!) Kiddies everywhere were besotted with the Minions (and you can imagine that these young audience members will forever associate the term ‘minions’ with these animated cuties) and will be out in full force these school holidays to see more of their shenanigans on the big screen. Set before the events of the Despicable Me films, Minions charts their journey from prehistoric times up until 1968 in their quest to find the perfect villainous leader. Enter Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) – the most powerful supervillain in the world, who enlists Kevin, Stuart, and Bob’s help in stealing the Queen’s crown jewels. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Minions


Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen, 2015)

Ever since Pixar announced the concept for Inside Out I’ve been waiting with bated breath. I get excited for almost every Pixar film regardless because THEY’RE PIXAR, HELLO! (Toy Story! Cars! Finding Nemo!), but given my work as a school counsellor, I was even more pumped than usual. Because it has ALL THE FEELS! Or at least five of the big ones. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Inside Out

FILM REVIEW: Shaun the Sheep Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie (Mark Burton & Richard Starzak, 2015)

Following the success of the Wallace & Gromit franchise, Aardman Animations have further impressed young audiences with feature films Chicken Run, Flushed Away, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Debuting in 2007, their TV series Shaun the Sheep is still going strong. Consisting of short, seven minute episodes, Shaun the Sheep has no dialogue, instead relying on animal noises and the odd grunt from the human characters. In the new Shaun the Sheep Movie, the action shifts to London after the farmer’s caravan goes amiss. You’d be forgiven for expecting the 85 minute feature film set in one of the busiest cities in the world to have a little more dialogue, however, it follows suit. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Shaun the Sheep Movie

FILM REVIEW: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Shawn Levy, 2014)

Sequels to kids’ movies are rarely up there with the best films of the year (the Toy Story franchise aside) and so expectations were fairly low for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Maybe it was my low expectations, but I was rather taken by the third and final instalment, which proved a touching conclusion to a decent trilogy. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb