Review: Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)

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Spun-off from DreamWorks Animation’s money-making Madagascar franchise, Penguins Of Madagascar is a fast-paced, pun-a-minute riot, even if it lacks any semblance of depth. Anarchic super spies Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Private (Christopher Knights) and Rico (Conrad Vernon) are forced to team up with The North Wind, an undercover task force, to defeat the dastardly Dr. Octavious Brine (John Malkovich). Continue reading “Review: Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)”

Review: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (2013)

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Released in 2011, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs was an unmitigated success for Sony Pictures Animation. It’s hardly a surprise then that a little over two years later, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 is upon us. With new directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn taking over the reins from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the sequel is as appealing and visually imaginative as its predecessor. Sadly, the same can’t be said for an unfocused narrative that’s not quite as clever as it thinks it is. Continue reading “Review: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (2013)”

Review: 21 Jump Street (2012)

When best friends Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) realise that they’re out of their policing depth even as park officers, the former high-school enemies are assigned to a newly revived undercover division on 21 Jump Street, spearheaded by Captain Dickson (Ice Cube).  The death of a careless teenager, Billiam (Johnny Simmons), reveals the spread of a new drug at the local school, prompting Schmidt and Jenko back to class as “teenagers”, to infiltrate and put an end to the drug ring before anyone else is hurt.

Taking its name and supposedly many of the sensibilities from the cult 1980’s TV series, 21 Jump Street is every bit as hysterical, crude, action-packed and self- Continue reading “Review: 21 Jump Street (2012)”