Zootopia

Overall Rating: 4/5 March 4, 2016 Dir. Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush Rated PG (for some thematic elements, rude humor and action) Zootopia has a lot to like. Fast-paced humor (except for the sloth scenes) and witty writing couple with the colorful and up-beat animation to form an experience that’s entertaining for all ages. Zootopia […]

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Kubo and the Two Strings

Overall Rating: 4/5 August 19, 2016 Dir. Travis Knight Rated PG (for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril) Kubo may be the single best animated feature of the year and for many reasons. Receiving two Oscar nominations, this film utilizes a mixture of animation techniques including CGI and stop-motion to create something really cool visually. The […]

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Moana

Overall Rating: 4/5 November 23, 2016 Dir. Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall Rated PG (for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements) Disney’s Moana is one of the best animated films of the year. While there may be some valid complaints to be had about the film, it nails most of what it […]

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The Tower

Overall Rating: 4/5 October 12, 2016 Dir. Keith Maitland Rated NA The Tower is a documentary/drama that explores the story of the shootings in Austin, Texas about 50 years ago. The subject matter is sensitive, and the film does a good job at approaching it in a sensitive manner as well as a new one (for […]

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The Secret Life of Pets

Overall Rating: 3/5 July8, 2016 Dir. Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud Rated PG (for action and some rude humor) The simple and hilarious premise shown in the early trailers made me wonder why we haven’t seen this exact kind of movie come along sooner. Unfortunately, this film does not deliver its own premise very well. Without […]

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Miss Hokusai

Overall Rating: 3/5 October 14, 2016 Dir. Keiichi Hara Rated PG-13 (for mature thematic material including sexual situations and images) At times visually hypnotizing, Miss Hokusai, is an anime loosely based on the actual lives of a Japanese artist and his daughter. This is a journey through an “art-scape”that creates a self-referential atmosphere in which the line between […]

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