Fun Academy Media Group

Dog in the fight

Movies | A dog has his day in the patriotic, family-friendly Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
by Bob Brown
Posted 4/26/18, 12:50 pm

Guns, grenades, and mustard gas in a kids’ movie? That’s Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, the debut production from Fun Academy Motion Pictures. The animated film is based on the true story of the titular mutt that remains America’s most highly decorated military animal. Targeting younger viewers, though, writer-director Richard Lanni (also the studio’s founder) delivers a less traumatic version of World War I battlefield events: Enemies are captured, not gunned down, and an American soldier’s death is depicted by an empty helmet with a bullet hole.

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Bad trip, man

Movies | Space Odyssey is a good movie hobbled by pedestrian psychedelic pondering
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/26/18, 12:24 pm

This spring marks the 50th anniversary and the return to theaters of what is widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential films of all time, 2001: A Space Odyssey. It also marks the 50th anniversary of people asking, as Rock Hudson reportedly did at the premiere, “Will someone tell me what the [profanity] this is about?”

I don’t think the answer is as esoteric as some film buffs and director Stanley Kubrick himself seemed to believe, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

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Marvel Studios

All hands on deck

Movies | Marvel has long been building toward Avengers: Infinity War, and fans won’t be disappointed
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/25/18, 04:01 pm

There’s no question Avengers: Infinity War is a lot of movie. Not just in run time at two hours and 40 minutes but in the multiple, equally weighted plot threads for numerous headlining characters. And while this loaded quality has some critics carping, it’s also the very thing that has fans excited. How excited? Fandango reports pre-sales have not only doubled those the online ticket retailer saw for Black Panther, they’re outperforming the total for the last seven Marvel movies combined.  

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