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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Toni Erdmann

Overall Rating: 3/5 December 25, 2016 Dir. Maren Ade Rated R (for strong sexual conetnt, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use) Toni Erdmann has proven to be a tough film to review. The film has impressive strengths, but there are a number of things that diminish the film’s efficacy and ultimately damage the overall experience. […]

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Overall Rating: 5/5 June 24, 2016 Dir. Taika Waititi Rated NR (for thematic elements including violent content, and for some language) Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of those dramas that has true character. It’s tone, a rare species of the dramedy variety, is memorable and rife in every scene. Filmed in the beautiful New Zealand […]

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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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Eddie the Eagle

Overall Rating: 4/5 February 26, 2016 Dir. Dexter Fletcher Rated PG-13 (for some suggestive material, partial nudity and smoking) Eddie the Eagle is a biographical film about Eddie Edwards, the British skier who was the first to represent Great Britain in the Olympic ski-jump in 1988. A sportswriter who attended the events in which the real Eddie competed, […]

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Sing Street

Overall Rating: 5/5 April 15, 2016 Dir. John Carney Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements including strong language and some bullying behavior, a suggestive image, drug material and teen smoking) With infectious optimism, Sing Street, explores youth, creation, and family in a story skillfully told with music. This musical will have you feeling “happy-sad” as you watch the […]

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