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Disney's Moana

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Moana1I am prepared to anoint Moana a great movie, but at that intersection I am also willing to pump the brakes. Disney movies do not live in a vacuum. Granted, Disney Animation Studios has undergone a culture shift in that it is willing to release movies that do not involve princesses marrying princes and now women are the dominant protagonists. What I really mean to say/write is that Moana is a fine movie, but for all of its differences from its Disney predecessors and ancestors, any new Disney film will be judged based on what came before. What arrived before Moana was mostly better than Moana, and for that reason it loses my vote for Best Animated Film. Read more...

Trolls 3D Movie, They're Back!

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trollTrolls is a fantastic movie with a slow beginning and a steamroller of an ending. Vocal talents include the likes of Anna Kendrick, (Pitch Perfect), Zooey Deschanel (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Justin Timberlake (Nsync), Jeffrey Tambor (comedian), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Late Late Show host James Corden, No Doubt Gwen Stefani, and Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory). Oops, I left out Russell Brand, can't imagine why. Time for the introduction of just who the heck the Trolls are. We know the Smurfs, the Turtles, the Transformers, the Joes, and the Holograms, but do we really know the movie Trolls? Read more...

Kubo and the Two Strings

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kuboThere is very little that Matthew McConaughey cannot do. Somehow, the erstwhile chick-flick star, the American hinterland heartthrob, the man of style and pizzazz, has morphed into something far greater. The detective, the Civil War hero, the everyman extraordinaire that is willing to undertake any challenge, transform for any assignment, and now, he lends his voice for the greater good of the anime universe. Kubo and the Two Strings is no ordinary, mundane animated movie. It is one of those rare films that belong in  the pantheon of anime legends, on the shelves at novelty store that still has the courage to offer merchandise that only a true collector would appreciate. Welcome also Charlize Theron and Ralph Fiennes (pronounces Raiph) and of course, the pop culture sensation, George Takei. Read more...

Finding Dory Movie Review

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doryAfter watching the sequel to Finding Nemo, (Finding Dory),  I cannot recall what parts of me enjoyed it more: the mother, the educator, or the friend in me.  Finding Dory not only depicts the adversities and triumphs that individuals with disabilities face on a daily bases, it touches on the lengths family members and friends would go through just to help those they love obtain the one thing in life so many of us long for, wholeness regardless of our flaws.  Read more...

Angry Birds Movie Review

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angryAngry Birds is an intelligent, witty movie whose comedic timing approaches perfection. Smart audiences craving literary wordplay (punography) will be delighted by the aptness of the jokes propounded by directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, as well as by writer Jon Vitti. Sure, there is always room for greater creative license, but let's be honest with ourselves, focus groups determine which jokes make it in and which are discarded. Before I delve deeper into Angry Birds movie, allow me to posit the following: Last one to watch the Angry Birds movie is a rotten egg! Read more...