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April 2010

by Steve Carlson Film

Kick-Ass | Matthew Vaughn

April 20, 2010
Kick-Ass (2010)

The problem with Kick-Ass is that it has too much Kick-Ass in it. That statement could be read a couple of ways, all true. There’s a terrific story and a terrific film in this material—there’s probably several terrific films, truth be told—but for Matthew Vaughn’s version to work like it should, he needed a different protagonist. So what’s wrong with Kick-Ass? Haven’t we all dreamed of righting wrongs, of playing the hero and garnering the admiration of a grateful city? Dave…

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by Steve Carlson Film

How to Train Your Dragon | Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois

April 20, 2010
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

How to Train Your Dragon is warm and winning—a real charmer of a family film. Given that it’s a product of Dreamworks Studios, who are more apt to churn out cynical and lazy product replete with lousy pop-culture jokes, this comes as a surprise. But then, they also released Kung Fu Panda, so maybe they’re just trying harder now. The formula for success used by Panda, in fact, is more or less the same that works for Dragon: take some well-worn life…

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