Uglydolls: Catchy Music Can’t Save It

Uglydolls tries so hard to be so many things but not even catchy music is able to save the animated film by the end of the film. In Uglyville, you have a city that preaches being the best that one can be.  Even though they aren’t perfect, everyone appears to be having fun.  Okay, so today’s not the day but maybe it’ll come tomorrow?!?  Even when it doesn’t happen, three-toothed Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) still brings…

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Sundance 2019: Paradise Hills

There’s no doubt that Paradise Hills has a lot of ambition with a strong feminist story it wishes to tell but manages to miss the mark somewhere along the way. The film starts with Uma (Emma Roberts) getting married to a mysterious man that we hardly know anything about.  Almost immediately as any action takes place, the film jumps straight to two months earlier.  This allows us to dive into the backstory of how we…

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Tribeca 2018: In a Relationship

Set against the backdrop of a Los Angeles summer, In a Relationship is a dramedy that tries to get at what is it about a relationship that makes us happy. In making the film, Sam Boyd has marked his feature directorial debut.  He does so by basing the screenplay on his acclaimed 2015 short film.  What the film does in essence is take the romantic comedy genre and takes away a lot of the nonsense…

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