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FILM REVIEW – Toy Story 4

By Marty Mulrooney

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Toy Story 4 is a computer-animated comedy produced for Walt Disney Pictures by Pixar Animation Studios. The sequel to Toy Story 3 (2010), this fourth instalment of the critically-acclaimed series once again follows Sheriff Woody and his friends as they try to keep their child happy.

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FILM REVIEW – Saving Mr. Banks

By Marty Mulrooney

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Saving Mr. Banks is an American-British-Australian film directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). Based on (or perhaps more accurately, inspired by) a true story, the film stars Emma Thompson as author Pamela ‘P.L.’ Travers and Tom Hanks as filmmaker Walt Disney, as they struggle to bring the story of Mary Poppins from the small page to the big screen.

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BOOK REVIEW – The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook by Jason Heller

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook by Jason Heller is a tongue-in-cheek guide on how to become a swashbuckling pirate, released to tie-in with the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides film due out at the end of this month (May 2011). Offering many vital tips including how to bury treasure, how to break a curse, how to stay alive when your ship sinks and how to deal with mermaids, this guide will soon help you cast off the shackles of landlubber society and become a master of the seven seas… or at least the local recreation centre/YMCA!

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MUSIC REVIEW – Tron Legacy OST by Daft Punk

By Joseph Viney

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On paper it’s a match made in heaven; the enigmatic techno-bods Daft Punk scoring the soundtrack to the sci-fi geek’s paradise that is Disney’s long-awaited sequel to Tron. Disney must be commended in some way for having the foresight to enlist Daft Punk instead of opting for a faceless conductor or agoraphobic studio bod. Daft Punk, with their experience and willingness to push the envelope, have yet to work so closely in conjunction with a film studio prior to this release. OSTs do have certain limitations, but are the master of futuristic dance-floor fillers able to clear such obstacles?

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FILM REVIEW – Toy Story 3 (3D Version)

By Marty Mulrooney

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After languishing in development hell for nearly ten years, Toy Story 3 has finally arrived. Disney’s own Circle 7 Animation tried to do a third sequel without Pixar’s involvement in 2004, but when relationships were patched up in 2006 (Disney actually bought Pixar in January of that year for $7.4 billion) production was halted and the project transferred back to Pixar where it belonged. Four years later, the toys are back in town for one final adventure, this time in Disney Digital 3D.

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FILM REVIEW – The Princess And The Frog

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Princess And The Frog is Disney’s 49th feature film and their first traditional 2D animation since 2004’s Home On The Range. Loosely based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘The Frog Prince’, Disney seems keen to shake things up from the usual formula they have stuck to in the past. Case in point: this is the first Disney film to feature an African-American princess. Taking my seat in the cinema, my main hope was that this bold simultaneous return/departure from Disney tradition would amount to more than a mere gimmick.

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