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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Overall Rating: 4/5 September 9, 2016 Dir. Clint Eastwood Rated PG-13 (for some peril and brief strong language) As a general rule, I would highly recommend Clint Eastwood’s directorial filmography, and Sully is not an exception. The film depicts the true story of an attempted emergency landing by Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks). I don’t […]

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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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Overall Rating: 3/5 December 28, 2016 Dir. Jim Jarmusch Rated R (for some language) Paterson could be a very polarizing film. It is a film about art and specifically poetry. There are a number of things that director Jarmusch does here that make the viewer feel as if they are experiencing poetry through film, which is really […]

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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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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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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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