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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A true prequel to the original Star Wars, Rogue One is a thrilling sci-fi adventure that tells the story behind the Rebel's first victory. When an Imperial pilot defects with important information about a new weapon called the Death Star he's captured by a fringe resistance fighter named Saw Gerrera; leading the Rebels to seek out one of Gerrera's former followers in order to find him and get the information from the pilot. The cast is fairly strong and delivers some good performances; particularly Alan Tudyk, who does an excellent job voicing the droid K-2SO (giving him a fun personality). And, director Gareth Edwards does an impressive job at filming the action and capturing the scope of the battle sequences. Additionally, the special effects are extraordinarily well-done, and allow for a surprising cameo. However, the score by Michael Giacchino is rather weak and the two lead characters aren't that charismatic. Yet overall, Rogue One is an exciting and action-packed film that bridges the two Star Wars trilogies.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
14 days ago via Flixster
½

From Rankin & Bass comes the animated Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Told in flashback, Sam the Snowman (voiced by Burl Ives) recounts the story of the "most famous reindeer of all," Rudolph, who grew up as a misfit but ended up saving Christmas just as all hope seemed lost. Ives does a brilliant job as narrator and provides a number of delightful songs (including "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Silver and Gold"). In fact, all of the songs are rather fun and catchy. And the stop-motion animation is really quite good; with some wonderful character designs. However, the storytelling is a little weak and everything seems to resolve itself without much effort. While it's not perfect, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a magical film that speaks to the child in all of us.

Rudolph's Shiny New Year
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Rudolph saves the day once again in the all new adventure Rudolph's Shiny New Year. When the Baby New Year, Happy, goes missing Father Time turns to Rudolph for help. Red Skelton voices Father Time and sings several of the song (which are quite lighthearted and fun). And the animators create a number of interesting characters that play on the time theme (Eon, Big Ben, General Ticker). However the storytelling is rather poor, and seems to be full of plot holes and contrivances. Still, overall Rudolph's Shiny New year is an incredibly entertaining film.

Noel
Noel (2004)
16 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Noel is a compelling holiday drama with a touching message about love, family, and forgiveness. The story follows several New Yorkers on Christmas Eve as they cross paths and struggle to come to terms with their personal struggles. Starring Susan Sarandon, Penélope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, and Robin Williams, the film features an impressive cast that delivers some strong performances. And the writers do a fairly good job at balancing the different character stories. Still, it gets a little cliché at times and a bit contrived. Yet despite its flaws, Noel is a heartwarming film about the redemptive nature of Christmas.