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Pixar

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 9

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 9

John and Max are exploring the films of Pixar Animation this week, including its newest feature, Finding Dory. They rank their each of the 17 films Pixar has released since Toy Story. They also discuss the passing of actor Anton Yelchin, the trailer for Cannes Jury Prize winner American Honey, and their films of the […]

Finding Dory Review

Finding Dory Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) The last time Pixar produced a sequel that was a decade in the making, they gave us Toy Story 3, the best Pixar film. It relied heavily on nostalgia to hit its marks — something its latest mega-sequel, Finding Dory, curiously eschews. Yes, the forgetful Dory, the nervous Marlin, and the loving […]

Inside Out Review

Inside Out Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) According to director Pete Docter’s Inside Out, the human mind is a colorful place. It’s also complicated, conflicted, and perpetually changing. In that respect, the film is about as true to life in its intent (if not its execution) as any Pixar movie in recent memory. (Color-wise, of course, it’s pure fantasy. […]

Ranking Every Pixar Film

Ranking Every Pixar Film

A ranked countdown of the Pixar film catalog is the most basic of lists for a critic—something he or she could break out every year or so when the world’s foremost animation studio shares with us, the world, its next stroke of creative genius. And it’s that fawning fanboy attitude that’s prevented me from sharing […]

Monsters University Review

Monsters University Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) Three of Pixar‘s last four films have been “familiar” projects. Whether a sequel (Toy Story 3, Cars 2) or a prequel (Monsters University), the idea that the beloved animation studio was out of “original” ideas—or at least that the minds at Pixar were content falling back on the familiar—have permeated many a […]

Brave Review

Brave Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Good-natured and well-crafted, Brave is everything a family film should be. Unfortunately, Pixar’s nearly flawless track record has saddled its twelfth feature film with expectations it’s unable to live up to. Its rich, character-filled animation and big heart unfortunately don’t distract enough from the film’s over-reliance on broad comedy, nor its disappointingly […]

Cars 2 Review

Cars 2 Review

RATING: (2 STARS) I know I’m not the first disappointed reviewer to make this statement, but I have no choice: With Cars 2, Pixar has finally made a stinker. I take no joy out of writing these words. I, like many, counted on the beloved animation studio to churn out an exceptional film every year. […]

Up Review

Up Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Up is without a doubt one of Pixar’s best films. The film’s first scene is one of the most sublime cinematic moments I’ve ever experienced. And while the rest of the film doesn’t quite measure up to that level of greatness, it’s still a rousing adventure, complete with all the humor and […]

WALL-E Review

WALL-E Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Besides being one of my favorite animated films of all time, Pixar’s “WALL-E” also holds the distinction of being one of the best love stories in years. This sublime motion picture has it all—action, humor, emotion, great writing, beautiful animation, and a handful of scenes I’ll never forget. It’s just a joy […]

Toy Story 3 Review

Toy Story 3 Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Rarely does a film come out at the absolute perfect time, but “Toy Story 3” is such a film. I’d argue this film isn’t made for kids—it’s made for those of us, like me, who grew up with the “Toy Story” characters. We watched as kids and went home wishing we could […]

Monsters, Inc. Review

Monsters, Inc. Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) “Monsters Inc.” doesn’t often come up in discussions of the best Pixar films. So I had never made it a point to see it. But with the announcement of a sequel (coming in 2012), I thought it was time to take a look at the only Pixar film I haven’t seen, and […]