Film Reviews for Sophisticated Cinephiles

A movie review podcast hosted by Hollywood critics, Les Roberts and Ann Elder. Each episode contains an in depth analysis of a chosen film. Les and Ann's Hollywood experience gives them the insight to discuss plot, script, casting, and whatever else you might want to know!

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"Toy Story 3" Deserves the Buzz

Review Summary: Les and Ann thought the layers of humor satisfied both adults and children, and they were inspired by the loyalty and friendship of the toys.

Plot: A young man's toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before he leaves for college, and it's up to the toy's leader to convince the others that they weren't abandoned and to return home. 103 minutes runtime.

Director: Lee Unkrich

Writer: Andrew Stanton*

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Joan Cusack

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