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Ice Age: Collision Course Review

Good

With its fifth feature-length adventure, this franchise continues its preposterous journey at full tilt. As before, it's the zippy writing, lively vocal work and colourful animation that hold the interest. The story is merely a framework on which the cast and crew can hang a series of rapid-fire jokes, pop culture references and nonsensical action sequences. And it's still mindless fun.

After their previous escapades, the expanding herd of prehistoric critters is living a happy life together, thinking about love. Mammoths Manny and Ellis (voiced by Ray Romano and Queen Latifah) are struggling with the idea that their daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer) has fallen for the too-cheerful Julius (Adam Devine). Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) has just been dumped and feels like he'll never find a partner. And tigers Diego and Shira (Denis Leary and Jennifer Lopez) worry that their violent nature will make them terrible parents. Then suddenly there's a bigger issue to worry about: a giant asteroid is heading for Earth, threatening them with extinction. With the help of nutty weasel Buck (Simon Pegg), they come up with an idea to save the planet. They also discover a magical place called Geotopia, ruled by the groovy Shangri Llama (Jesse Tyler Ferguson).

Yes, the plot is utterly insane, especially as it is driven by the antics of franchise star Scrat, who discovers a flying saucer in the ice, activates it and heads into space, where his acorn-hunting antics trigger all sorts of mayhem back on Earth. But then this series has never had anything to do with science or biology, throwing random animals together (the dinosaurs make another appearance) for comical value while cranking up whatever suspense the writers can think of to add some momentum. They also of course pack scenes with sweet "family values" moments, plus a sideswipe at climate change deniers who refuse to acknowledge the possibility of impending doom.

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Bobby Kennedy Jr., Wanda Sykes , Ray Romano - Keep It Clean Comedy Benefit For Waterkeeper at the Avalon Hollywood at Avalon Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 21st April 2016

Bobby Kennedy Jr., Wanda Sykes and Ray Romano
Bobby Kennedy Jr., Wanda Sykes and Ray Romano
Bobby Kennedy Jr., Wanda Sykes and Ray Romano
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Ice Age Collision Course - Teaser Trailer


Most people are familiar with the big bang theory but not many people know just how significant Scrat is to the whole preceding. After a fluke accident (whilst trying to protect his beloved acorn) Scrat discovers a frozen alien spaceship and soon begins a collision course which will change the world forever.

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Wanda Sykes - 2015 Triumph Awards presented by National Action Network and TV One - Atlanta, Georgia, United States - Sunday 13th September 2015

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Wanda Sykes - 2015 US Open Tennis at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center - Day 4 at Billy Jean King National Tennis Center - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 3rd September 2015

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Edith Windsor and Wanda Sykes - Wanda Sykes and Edith Windsor LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration cocktail party honoring James Obergefell at Hotel Monaco - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States - Saturday 4th July 2015

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Edith Windsor and Wanda Sykes

Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans - 2015 NBCUniversal Summer press day - Arrrivals at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa - Pasadena, California, United States - Thursday 2nd April 2015

Norm Macdonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm Macdonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm Macdonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm Macdonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm Macdonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm Macdonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans

Jay Leno Praised And Teased By Peers As He Lands Coveted Mark Twain Comedy Prize


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Chat show host and comedian Jay Leno lands the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which comes months after his final retirement from NBC's 'The Tonight Show' earlier this year.

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Leno lands top US comedy prize

The accolade is the top comedy award offered in the United States, and it was well-deserved by Leno who has presented TV viewers with endless laughter throughout his 37 year television career.  On his receipt of the honour at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Sunday (October 19th 2014), he was praised and made fun of by his comedy peers including Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Garth Brooks, Chelsea Handler and his 'Tonight Show' successor Jimmy Fallon.

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Ice Age: Continental Drift Review


Very Good
Very early on, this series completely jettisoned any respect for science, gleefully ignoring the laws of gravity end geology to carry on the family-friendly series of dangers encountered by this growing herd of misfit semi-prehistoric creatures. It's not very clever, but it's still good fun.

When the ice shelf suddenly cracks in two, mammoth Manny (Romano) finds himself adrift with sabre-tooth Diego (Leary), sloth Sid (Leguizamo) and Sid's toothless granny (Sykes). But as they attempt to get home, they're waylaid by a pirated iceberg sailed by Captain Gutt (Dinklage) and his scurvy crew.

Meanwhile, Manny's wife Ellie (Latifah) and their mildly rebellious daughter Peaches (Palmer) are trying to outrun the shifting continental plates. And the film's real star Scrat is on a hunt for a hidden acorn treasure.

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Ice Age 4: Continental Drift Trailer


Sid, Manny and Diego are doing a good job so far of surviving the Ice Age but now a new danger is threatening to finish them off - continental drift. The three heroes are now living on a small iceberg in the middle of the ocean and they are determined to find the rest of the herd, while trying to work out how it all happened. Unbeknownst to them, the cause of the problem leads back to Scrat and yet another attempt at rescuing his precious nut.

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The Muppets Trailer


Underneath the famous Muppet Theatre, oil has been discovered. Tex Richman, an oilman, finds out and plans to demolish the theatre so he can start drilling. Walter, Gary and Mary are three friends who also happen to be huge fans of The Muppets. They plan to stage what they call 'The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever', so they can raise $10 million to stop the destruction of the Muppet Theatre.

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Rio Review


Excellent
A lively South American beat infuses this colourful animated romp. The filmmakers make the most of the characters and settings without ever trying to teach us a lesson or make us cry. It's just great fun.

Blu (voiced by Eisenberg) is a blue macaw raised in Minnesota alongside a little girl Linda (Mann). Years later, bird-rescuer Tulio (Santoro) wants to take Blu back to Rio de Janeiro so he can mate with the last remaining female of the species, Jewel (Hathaway). But in Brazil, the courtship between Blu and Jewel gets off to a rocky start, not least because Blu never learned how to fly. And when smugglers steal them, they need a variety of locals (including Lopez, Morgan, Foxx and Will.i.am) to help them escape from a menacing cockatoo (Clement).

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Rio Trailer


Blu is a rare macaw parrot who never learnt to fly, after all he's never had the need to use his wings, his owner Linda provides everything he needs. Together they live a happy life, but when a scientist informs Linda just how rare Blu is, they hatch a plan to mate Blu with a female Bird who lives in Rio de Janeiro.

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Evan Almighty Review


Weak
In hindsight, Bruce Almighty was the death knell for the Jim Carrey we know and love. This isn't completely a bad thing: Rurning away from manic comedy allowed Carrey to do the best acting of his career in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It also allowed for The Number 23. You win some, and you really, really lose some. But that wacky spazz with the ability to manipulate his body like it was made of laffy-taffy was seen hardening in Bruce Almighty, his artful physical comedy becoming a frantic centerpiece to otherwise inept material. It seems strange that Bruce was Carrey's moment of decay while the film's sequel, Evan Almighty, welcomes the great Steve Carell into the annals of mainstream comedic stardom.

Carell's been smart, so far, with his choices of role. Stepping out with small roles in Bruce Almighty and Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, Carell hit pay dirt with last summer's sleeper-hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin, quickly establishing him as an actor with even measures of heart and humor. Then he starred in another sleeper: last year's Oscar-nominated Little Miss Sunshine. It now seems time to allow Carell to try his hand at big-budget ($175 million to be exact) summer comedies, seeing if his mug can rake in the big bucks.

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Monster-in-Law Review


Good
Somebody help me - I'm turning into Roger Ebert. The household film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times typically grades on a curve when it comes to Jennifer Lopez and her on-screen endeavors, bestowing favorable grades on films that colleagues (and crowds) have panned. Granted, every critic is entitled to their opinion, but Ebert's grades for Jersey Girl (three stars), The Cell (a perfect four stars) and Anaconda (three-and-a-half stars) seem generous to a fault.

I'm nowhere near ready to join Mr. Ebert on the J-Lo bandwagon (with her entourage, there might not be room), but I will defend the starlet's turn in Monster-In-Law. The film embraces the traditional romantic comedy formula Lopez routinely gravitates toward, but it's skillfully guided to a predetermined finish by director Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde), who kneads the doughy concoction like a prize-winning baker preparing a four-layer cake.

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Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Review

Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Review

With its fifth feature-length adventure, this franchise continues its preposterous journey at full tilt. As...

Ice Age Collision Course - Teaser Trailer

Ice Age Collision Course - Teaser Trailer

Most people are familiar with the big bang theory but not many people know just...

Ice Age: Continental Drift Movie Review

Ice Age: Continental Drift Movie Review

Very early on, this series completely jettisoned any respect for science, gleefully ignoring the laws...

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Ice Age 4: Continental Drift Trailer

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Sid, Manny and Diego are doing a good job so far of surviving the Ice...

The Muppets Trailer

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Underneath the famous Muppet Theatre, oil has been discovered. Tex Richman, an oilman, finds out...

Rio Movie Review

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A lively South American beat infuses this colourful animated romp. The filmmakers make the most...

Rio Trailer

Rio Trailer

Blu is a rare macaw parrot who never learnt to fly, after all he's never...

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Evan Almighty Movie Review

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