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Barnyard

Otis the cow in Barnyard

    Otis, the barnyard bull, has udders. Because, kids, that’s what bulls have, isn’t it? Voiced by Kevin James, and with a first name that is generally appended to a male, it’s clear that either Otis is a transgender animal or cowardice has taken hold somewhere at the design stage in the latest animal …

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Annie

Quvenzhané Wallis and a cute dog

    Annie is the “turn that frown upside down” musical seemingly custom-built for stagestruck kids. But in writer/director/songsmith Will Gluck’s updating, it breaks out of the greasepaint shuffle-step limbo it’s been consigned to and makes a bold dash for the spotlight. Gluck opens with a swerve, showing us a precocious and stagestruck young ginger Annie …

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Happy Feet

Mumble the penguin leaps for joy in Happy Feet

    A CGI animation featuring penguins which comes along in the wake of March of the Penguins, so it’s probably pushing at an open door. And unlike a lot of animated films about animals, this one sets its stall out really quickly. Emperor penguins, it seems, all have a special song that they use …

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Eragon

Edward Speelers in Eragon

    Here be dragons. Dungeons and Dragons, to be more specific. Because that’s what this British Lord of the Rings knock-off most resembles. The 2000 film also heavily featured Jeremy Irons, who moved heaven and earth to save it but could not ultimately fight the sheer dead weight of the script and its deadly …

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Mischief Night

Holly Kelly, Kelli Hollis and Michael Taylor in Mischief Night

    At a time when British film-makers generally are accepting the “multiculturalism rules, ok” status quo, former documentarian Penny Woolcock lights a match in a fume-filled room with an examination of life among the working classes in Leeds. Shane Meadows meets Shameless is the result, to a degree. Does that sound dull? Because the …

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Shorts

Jimmy Bennett and Kat Dennings in Shorts

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     13 June   Kat Dennings born, 1986 On this day in 1986, Katherine Litwack was born in Philadelphia to a scientist father and a speech therapist/poet mother. Home-schooled, she graduated high school aged 14, four years after her first acting …

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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

Tommy Rettig in The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     2 March     Dr Seuss born, 1904 On this day in 1904, Theodor Geisel, author and illustrator, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He started to sign himself Seuss (his mother’s maiden name) while at Dartmouth College, where he was …

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The Princess Bride

Cary Elwes and Robin Wright in The Princess Bride

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     22 February     Ladislaus the Posthumous born, 1440 On this day in 1440, Ladislaus the Posthumous was born. His father, Albert II, had died four months before and so it was that Ladislaus became Duke of Austria and head …

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My Fair Lady

Wilfrid Hyde White and Audrey Hepburn, plus hat.

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     14 January     Cecil Beaton born, 1904 On this day in 1904, Cecil Hardy Beaton was born, in Hampstead, London. This son of a timber merchant was only interested in art from a very early age. Young Beaton was …

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