• Ultimately, this is a story about having the courage to live up to one’s potential – a potential one might not know one had. “I like who I am,” Po says early on. “You don’t even KNOW who you are,” Shifu replies.

    It’s a conversation we could all have with our kids. Ideally, we’d soften it with some wit and a whole bunch of dumplings.

  • As the plot twists and turns, it’s best to stop wondering who’s doing what to whom and just, er, focus on watching Smith, wily and vulnerable at the same time, match wits (and hearts?) with Robbie, who makes a case here for more leading-lady roles. It would be fun to watch these two together again. Maybe a sequel called Re-focus?

  • Turing’s story is indeed hard to imagine. Thanks to Cumberbatch’s committed performance, a lot more people will know it.

  • The most frightening thing about Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler – even more than those sallow, sunken cheeks, those googly eyes, and that unkempt hair tied into a greasy bun – is his smile.

  • The film itself is a madcap caper on one level. On another, it’s a look at a dying world, and way of life, in the period between the two world wars, with the specter of totalitarianism looming. Just like the fictional hotel in the title, the movie is a meticulously constructed confection, featuring the extreme attention to detail that Anderson is famous for.

  • It’s nice to be able to report that How to Train Your Dragon 2, written and directed by Dean DeBlois, does all that tricky stuff pretty darned well. And you’ll be happily surprised at the new twists it takes – sort of like getting an unexpected second candy bar in the vending machine. How to Train Your Dragon 2 doesn’t play it safe, and that’s why it’s the rare sequel that doesn’t feel somewhat stale.

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