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Film Review: ‘Sausage Party’ is a Hard R-Rated Raunchy Good Time

CHICAGO – First things first. Don’t let the fact this is animated fool you, “Sausage Party” is most definitely, absolutely NOT FOR CHILDREN. This is a hard R-rated Seth Rogen raunch fest that may induce nightmares into more sensitive viewers and contains images of animated debauchery that can not be unseen. But it is inventively profane, with more on its mind than just animated f-bombs.

Film Review: ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ is Definitely No Turkey

CHICAGO – The only thing rarer than a spinoff that soars over its inspiration is a DreamWorks Animation production without “Dragon” in the title, and one that’s actually worth watching. Improbably, “Penguins Of Madagascar” is both.

DreamWorks’ ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ Has Great 3D Concept, But Falls Flat

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HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 2.5/5.0
Rating: 2.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Hasn’t Pixar proven that animation can be more than just concept and celebrity voice work? The problem with “Monsters vs. Aliens” is that the team behind it clearly prioritized nearly every element of the film over actual storytelling.

Slideshow: 18-Image Gallery For UK Premiere of ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ With Reese Witherspoon

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Kiefer Sutherland attends the Monsters v. Aliens UK premiere at the Vue West End on March 11, 2009 in London, England.

CHICAGO – This 18-image slideshow contains the red carpet images from the arrival at the UK premiere of Dreamworks’ “Monsters vs. Aliens”. Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, directors Conrad Vernon & Rob Letterman, producer Lisa Stewart & DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg were in attendance. The film, which also features voice work by Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, and Stephen Colbert opens on March 27th, 2009.

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