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Kung Fu Panda 3 ***1/2

 

IMDB Synopsis: Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.

“Kung-Fu Panda 3” is not really a necessary sequel by any means but it is a great one.  I didn’t think that the story of Po the Panda was one that could span multiple movies but I am pleasantly surprised to find him still funny and entertaining.  It also helps that the director and the animators are still fully engaged in surrounding Po with a lush and vividly animated film that looks absolutely stunning on the big screen.  

I especially loved the look of the Spirit Realm.  Sort of a heaven for kung-fu masters of the past.  There resides Kai, a disgruntled master who wants to break free and seek revenge on the Dragon Warrior.  Kai is a an excellent movie villain who just chews up the scenery and takes no prisoners.  I found this plot more interesting than the side plot of Po finally meeting his birth father and finding a village full of Panda’s.  

If there is going to be a fourth “Kung-Fu Panda” movie then I would advise that they really take a risk and set it entirely in the Spirit Realm. If there is not a fourth movie then I think we will be fine with that three that we have.  If this movie makes the amount of money I think it will make then I would bank on seeing Po the Panda again. 

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Goosebumps ***

IMDB Synopsis: A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

I grew up reading Goosebumps books. They were fun stories that were just the right amount of frightening for a pre-teen. The nostalgia alone got me fairly interested in the film adaptation. What makes this film kind of brilliant is the way it portrays the author, R.L. Stine, battling almost all of his creations instead of trying to adapt each book in to individual movies.

If you are familiar with the stories than you will be more than familiar with the hordes of lawn gnomes, the abominable snow monster and Slappy the ventriloquist dummy, all of which wreak havoc on the main characters and the small town they inhabit.

Credit has to go to Rob Letterman and his writers who actually turn this in to a similar experience to reading one of the books. It is fun and just the right amount of scary. He also gets a fun performance out of Jack Black which is something I have not been able to say for a few years now.