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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The Jungle Book

Overall Rating: 4/5 April 15, 2016 Dir. Jon Favreau Rated PG (for some sequences of scary action and peril) The Jungle Book manages to do some pretty amazing things. First off, it’s an improvement on its 1967 animated predecessor of the same name. It manages to deliver a better story and one that is more in tune with its source […]

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Queen of Katwe

Overall Rating: 4/5 September 30, 2016 Dir. Mira Nair Rated PG (for thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material) Disney presents Queen of Katwe which tells an underdog chess story about a young girl from the slums of Uganda–and it’s based on a true story. The fact that this film is strictly based on true […]

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Pete’s Dragon

Overall Rating: 3/5 August 12, 2016 Dir. David Lowery Rated PG (for action, peril and brief language) This is a really solid family film. I knew virtually nothing about Pete’s Dragon going into the film, so I can’t comment as to how faithful it is (or isn’t) to its source material, but it did seem to fit […]

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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 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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