(MOVIE REVIEW) The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, is about an oil drilling team stranded in the middle of Alaskan wilderness after their plane crashes. But it's not the dangerous weather that poses the biggest threat to these men, it's a pack of wolves that are portrayed as blood-thirsty, vicious creatures. It's hard not to get irked while watching The Grey since wolves just got delisted as an Endangered Species. It's even harder to then read interviews with Joe Carnahan, the director, defending his portrayal of wolves as realistic, instead of simply admitting that it's completely fictional. The idea that a pack of wild wolves that have never had contact with humans would go after humans in a territorial blood war is implausible at best, dangerously misleading at worst.
(MOVIE REVIEW) Big Miracle is a true story whale lovers and animal enthusiasts everywhere will enjoy. Following the journey of a family of gray whales trapped beneath the impenetrable Alaskan ice, their survival ignites unexpected cooperation between an unlikely group of rescuers. Big Miracle stars John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Agmaogak Sweeney, Ted Danson and Dermot Mulroney. The movie opens February 3rd. Read on for Global Animal's review on Big Miracle. — Global Animal
(MOVIE REVIEW) Originally released in France under the title Pollen in 2011, Disneynature’s Wings of Life has finally made it to worldwide audiences. Much like the 2012 film Chimpanzee, Wings of Life is short, but particularly sweet. Coming in at only 77 minutes, the documentary uses its time proficiently in order to deliver its increasingly important message. The opening title card of the film reads: “Life depends on little things we take for granted,” a theme that rests at the core of Wings of Life. Focusing on the vital relationship between flowers, and the animals that interact with them, the documentary explores a complex world often taken for granted. Read on for more on Wings of Life and see the trailer for yourself. — Global Animal
(MOVIE REVIEW) Saddle up boys and girls, The Lone Ranger is coming to town. The PG-13 Western surges with Disney charm, and comes complete with a veteran cast and crew that prove once again they know how to make entertainment. Helmed by director Gore Verbinski, the man behind The Ring and The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy, The Lone Ranger promises odd, yet lighthearted fun. Read on for more on The Lone Ranger and watch the trailer for yourself. — Global Animal
(MOVIE REVIEW) With the substantial amount of well-made, animal-centric documentaries in release as of late, it’s tough to stand out in the crowd. However, director Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts In Our Machine does exactly that, in addition to bringing an important message to dinner tables, closets, laboratories, as well as zoos and marine parks across the globe. Focusing around activist/photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and her yearlong journey documenting animals held captive by four different global industries, the film does an incredible job of spotlighting those tragically forgotten by society. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Sitting at the forefront of the animal rights movement, the cross-platform documentary The Ghosts in our Machine brings an important message to dinner tables, closets, laboratories, as well as zoos and marine parks across the globe. A donation page has been set up on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo in order to put the film on the map in the largest, most competitive film market in the world, and it has until September 27 to reach its funding goal of $30,000. The Ghosts in our Machine has already made a name for itself in Canada, but make sure to check out the film's interactive website for the U.S. premiere dates and European launch. Read director Liz Marshall's article below for more on how you can help promote the Oscar-qualifying film and view the trailer for yourself! — Global Animal
(MOVIE REVIEW)Director Mark Devries’ Speciesism: The Movie is an eye-opening, yet fresh take on the array of atrocities brought on by the factory farming industry. Most film reviews will note the horrific images throughout the farming industry, but it's the director's experiences that makes the film truly relatable. The documentary follows Devries on a personal journey, as he uncovers the truths behind the industry and experiences a change of heart based on those discoveries. After originally setting out to film animal advocacy groups and how they operate, Devries finds himself immersed in completely unexpected territory. – Global Animal
(MOVIE REVIEW) Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song, people everywhere are singing the praises of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest adventure Frozen. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Frozen is another one of Disney's first class movies. Complete with song, dance, and that unmatchable Disney charm, the film will not disappoint children and parents alike. Frozen stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Alan Tudyk and Josh Gad, and takes a healthy spin on the topic of true love, while poking fun at the instantaneous romances that run rampant in kid films. Frozen doesn’t stick to plot clichés, and the story will have families leaving theaters feeling refreshed. — Global Animal