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David Manning, Jr.’s ‘This Week At Redbox’

“The Dog Who Saved Easter” ✮✮✮✮✮

movie reviewer 6Initially I wasn’t sure if “The Dog Who Saved Easter” could live up to the high standards set by the previous installments of this franchise with 2009’s “The Dog Who Saved Christmas,” 2010’s “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation,” and 2011’s “The Dog Who Saved Halloween,” but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that “The Dog Who Saved Easter” might be the strongest one to date. After his shocking departure from the franchise for creative differences, and being replaced by Joey Lawrence in “The Dog Who Saved Halloween,” Mario Lopez makes his welcomed return as the voice of America’s most beloved cinema canine Zeus.  Lopez’s work in “The Dog Who Saved Easter” is a revelation, surpassing even Scarlett Johansson’s vocal performance in last year’s Oscar-winning film “Her.”

dog who saved easterDirector Sean Olson makes Michael Ciminera’s well-crafted screenplay come alive with spectacular acting from his stellar cast that includes Dean Cain, Elisa Donavan, Patrick Muldoon, Nicole Eggert, and “7th Heaven” alums Catherine Hicks and Beverly Mitchell. My only regret is not being able to watch “The Dog Who Saved Easter” on the big screen due to Hollywood’s misguided decision not to release it theatrically.  On the upside, you get to watch “The Dog Who Saved Easter” for the mere price of $1.00 at Redbox, although I suspect it will cost most viewers a little more than that since they’ll want it keep it for a few days to watch again.