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Nancy Churnin

Nancy Churnin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 41% The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) There is much that's appealing, from the performances to the scene where Turteltaub re-creates a live-action version of the classic scene from Disney's Fantasia.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 16, 2010
3.5/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) Chan and Smith could not be more likable, along with their cast of young Chinese actors, particularly Wenwen Han.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 11, 2010
3/5 9% Marmaduke (2010) It's a lot of twists and turns for very little reward. But bottom line, will the kids like it? Quite possibly.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 4, 2010
4.5/5 58% Shrek Forever After (2010) Director Mike Mitchell and screenwriters Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke, all relatively new to the franchise, manage to lead the winning returning cast in a fresh direction.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 21, 2010
4.5/5 98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) The film truly starts to soar when Hiccup takes his first ride on Toothless.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 26, 2010
4.5/5 53% Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) What sets this kid comedy apart is how well it resists the temptation to clobber the bullies and crown the underdog.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 19, 2010
4.5/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) The most fantastic thing about Mr. Fox is the way he shows that while our flaws can bring us down, sometimes, too, we triumph in spite of them and because of them.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 25, 2009
4/5 21% Planet 51 (2009) Definitely a planet worth a visit.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 20, 2009
4.5/5 49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009) Parents, don't nap while the kids watch.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 23, 2009
4.5/5 73% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Director Spike Jonze gets that Max's subsequent journey to the far-off island of the wild things is nothing less than an odyssey into his mind.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 16, 2009
4/5 87% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) But it's fun, it has some good messages and what kid won't enjoy seeing pancakes flatten a roof and an ice-cream blizzard that you can eat while you play in it? Especially when it's presented in colorful 3-D splendor?‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 18, 2009
2.5/5 22% G-Force (2009) The single most terrifying moment is hearing the world will be destroyed in 30 minutes. Therein lies the possibility that the film will drag on for another half hour.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 24, 2009
4.5/5 84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) Readers may decry the way the script deletes some scenes and adds others. But this film offers its own unique contribution to J.K. Rowling's beloved series.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 14, 2009
B 43% Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) This probably won't sway the unconverted into becoming fans, but it should please the more than 180 million viewers of the hit Disney Channel series. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 9, 2009
B 38% Inkheart (2009) Much of this comes across as a labor of love, with a classy cast frolicking in Iain Softley's whimsical direction of a lushly imagined adaptation by David Lindsay-Abaire. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 23, 2009
C+ 48% Twilight (2008) Catherine Hardwicke's choppy direction plays all this much too seriously. The film lacks the clarity and cleverness that might have ameliorated the campier moments. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 21, 2008
C 64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) It's bad enough when sequels repeat the plot of their original movie. But it's serious chutzpah when the sequel cribs key plot points of another movie, as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa does with The Lion King. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 7, 2008
B+ 65% High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) If you're a fan, you won't be disappointed. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 24, 2008
B 36% Igor (2008) You can think of it as an animated riff on the American dream: Our fate is determined not by the accident of our birth, but our own will, intelligence and talent. And let's not forget serendipity. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 19, 2008
A- 64% Sixty Six (2006) Sixty Six is also about accepting parents with all their frailties, coming to terms with the unfairness of life, and finding a way to switch the focus to the wonders we do have to celebrate. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 12, 2008
B- 19% Fly Me to the Moon (2008) The superior effects in Fly Me to the Moon reflect the talents of its creator, director Ben Stassen, who has been doing 3D for 14 years, mostly for science centers and museums. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 15, 2008
B+ 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) The kung fu scenes overflow with crisp, thrilling and funny moments that whiz by in the 88-minute run time. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 6, 2008
A- 67% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) Another triumph for director Adamson. He had us at Narnia but took us farther on this eloquent journey than we expected to go.‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 15, 2008
B+ 79% Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino direct with a keen eye for bringing Dr. Seuss' whimsical drawings and humanistic message to CG life. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 14, 2008
B 80% The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) Part of what keeps this from being just another children's fantasy is director Mark Waters' sensitivity to the way the enchanted elements deepen the emotional journey. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 14, 2008
B+ 42% The Golden Compass (2007) The carefully crafted look, in which fabulous fantasy mingles with hand-woven sweaters, offers a visual feast. The acting is impeccable from performers to voices. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 7, 2007
A 78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) To their credit, new director David Yates and new screenwriter Michael Goldenberg never lose the heart of the tale. Even in the midst of an incredibly thrilling magical battle of whippeting wands, flashing light and furor, they focus on Harry's inner war. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 10, 2007
B+ 78% Surf's Up (2007) Sorry, cynics, Surf's Up is a charmer. And if the birds look somewhat familiar, they have something fresh to say about friendship and what winning is all about. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 8, 2007
B+ 53% The Last Mimzy (2007) You have to give credit to a film such as Mimzy that, unlike most quick ha-ha, make-a-buck stuff for kids, could actually get them thinking about making a difference in a world in desperate need of change. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 23, 2007
B+ 90% Roar: Lions of the Kalahari (2007) For audiences who only know lions through animated imitations or the bars of a zoo, this film commands respect for these magnificent creatures in the wild, whether plotting, nurturing, roaring, resting or leaping and snatching an antelope high in the air. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 9, 2007
B+ 43% Night at the Museum (2006) The special effects are a blast. The T-Rex skeleton looks authentic as it clatters down the hallway after a terrified Larry. But even better is the remarkable, star-studded ensemble. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 21, 2006
A- 78% Charlotte's Web (2006) Children of all ages, even those not old enough to read, can enjoy the journey. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 14, 2006
A- 38% The Nativity Story (2006) For families looking for a Christmas outing, it should not disappoint. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 1, 2006
B 75% Happy Feet (2006) Writer and director George Miller, the artistic force behind the beloved Babe and the Babe: Pig in the City movies, brings a concern for penguins that recalls the devotion shown by March of the Penguins. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 17, 2006
B No Score Yet Paradise, Texas (2005) It works as a stirring family film by drawing attention to how powerfully a parent's words and actions can affect and shape a child's life. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 3, 2006
B 72% Flushed Away (2006) The animation, computer-generated as opposed to Aardman's signature claymation style, pops with clever visual touches, and the voice cast, led by the omnipresent and ever likable Hugh Jackman as Roddy, is first-rate. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 3, 2006
A- No Score Yet Ride Around the World (2006) It's still those beautiful basics: self-reliant men and women on horseback, cattle drives that entail many nights of camping, faithful Border Collies that help guide the cattle where they need to go. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 26, 2006
B+ 48% Driving Lessons (2006) This ensemble delivers, engaging in repartee like Roger Federer plays tennis. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 26, 2006
A 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Thirteen years after its debut, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has gone 3D, which makes a good thing even better. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 20, 2006
B 54% Flicka (2006) This is the kind of movie that many families are looking for, but all too rarely receive. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 20, 2006
C 34% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006) Yes, we've got brand new blond junior and grown-up Bonds this season, but the toughest task for Baby Bond could be finding an audience. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 14, 2006
B 48% Open Season (2006) One of the biggest surprises in this first full-length film from Sony Pictures Animation is how funny Ashton Kutcher is as Elliot. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 29, 2006
B 41% Everyone's Hero (2006) This handsomely animated, well-directed and -voiced G-rated film, set in the hope-starved era of the Depression, takes on special poignancy as the last directing project of Christopher Reeve. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 15, 2006
B+ 93% Lassie (2006) ...The collie that became a star back in 1943 can still make you cry and cheer in the all-new Lassie. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 2, 2006
B+ 59% How to Eat Fried Worms (2006) In too many kid-oriented films, the child actors mouth off like small, sassy adults -- Here, the kids, refreshingly, act like kids. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 24, 2006
B 22% Barnyard (2006) It looks great, and it's bright and colorful, fast and fun, with terrific voice talent... You may know from the opening where the story's heading, but it's a fun ride, and there's a lot of heart between the laughs. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 3, 2006
B+ 35% The Lake House (2006) The joy lies in getting there, with lush visual direction by Alejandro Agresti and appealing performances by Ms. Bullock and her old Speed co-star Keanu Reeves. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 15, 2006
B 11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) While there are few surprises, the sweet sensibility dashed with Mr. Murray's acerbic delivery of Garfield makes an appealing mix. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 15, 2006
B 37% Keeping Up With The Steins (2006) An adept cast that resists stereotyping keeps the plot humming. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 25, 2006
B- 13% Just My Luck (2006) Throw in a hot new British bubblegum band, McFly, a bit of magic, romance, humor and a happy ending, and you've got a good, old-fashioned escapist popcorn flick. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 11, 2006