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Disney knows their way around princess movies. But while Moana is very beautiful and very entertaining, who knows how far they could have gone if they’d taken a few more risks instead of playing it safe.
Its hairy heroes and pop tunes won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those in the mood for cheery fun, Trolls provides plenty of charms.
Storks is the kind of movie you’ll want to watch over and over. With great animation, top-notch voice talent, an engaging story, and incredible humor, this film delivers.
Kubo and the Two Strings
A beautiful looking film with a unique plot, some surprising turns, bold choices, and an emotional core, Kubo and the Two Strings is magical storytelling.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Kingsglaive boasts the most impressive, photo realistic animation to date. But the narrative doesn’t live up to the storytelling standards of the video game franchise it is based in.
Sausage Party is irreverent, pornographic, sacrilegious, bigoted… and pretty funny! The story is weak but if raunchy humor and seeing touchy topics get ridiculed is something you’re hungry for, then this film will hit the spot!
Ice Age: Collision Course
It may be a stale pun to make but it’s still funnier than almost everything in Ice Age: Collision Course: hopefully this franchise is now extinct.
The Secret Life of Pets
Secret Life barely checks the boxes for what it needs to do and never excels at any of them. A young studio like Illumination should aspire to more; hopefully they’ll learn some new tricks before they get too set in their ways.
Finding Dory, like most Pixar films whether original or sequels, is unforgettable and should have animation fans hooked and craving more.
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Spectacular visuals and a wonderful performance from Sasha Baron Cohen make this a Trip Through the Looking Glass worth taking.
The Angry Birds Movie
Angry Birds does a good job of taking the video game and creating a new, fuller world, giving the lifeless characters personalities. But they don’t sustain it and by the end all we get is a bonus level of the old game.
Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War is fun, exciting, and a compelling drama, making it arguably one of best superhero films to date.
Ratchet & Clank
Video game movies may be the next big thing in Hollywood, but Ratchet & Clank is an inauspicious start. This will be a trend that will soon run out of lives if the studios don’t figure out a winning strategy.
The Jungle Book
It may be a remake of the animated classic, but this live-action version of The Jungle Book is a wonderful film that will leave audiences both young and old in awe of the visual feast it presents.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Holy letdown! The cast is great and the action is cool, but Dawn of Justice is bat-frustrating and not quite super enough.
After 25 years, the beautiful and dramatic Only Yesterday finally gets a well-deserved English dub and North American release.
Zootopia earns a savage review as it spends too much time trying (and failing) to get its message right at the expense of making an enjoyable story.
World of Tomorrow
A fascinating short film about life that is both simple and complex.
Kung Fu Panda 3
The martial arts trilogy has a satisfying conclusion, warm, funny, and with a heart as big as its panda hero’s tummy.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Even with a somewhat uneven tone, J.J. Abrams crafts a truly magical and nostalgic trip back to a galaxy far, far away. Our review is (mostly) spoiler-free.
The Good Dinosaur
There is nothing terribly wrong with The Good Dinosaur — if you consider it a children’s movie. But for the rest of us expecting something
meteor meatier from Pixar, the story here is just too ordinary and uninspired.
The Peanuts Movie
Whether you think the filmmakers successfully kicked the ball or fell flat on their backs all depends on whether you were expecting a faithful adaptation or a modern take.
Hotel Transylvania 2
While not as original or surprising as the first film, Hotel Transylvania 2 still touches the heart-strings and tickles the funny-bone. Kids will love it and adults won’t die of boredom either.
While no where near being one of Marvel’s best, Ant-Man is still perfectly decent summer entertainment…albeit on a smaller scale.
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Skillfully made and utterly charming, Shaun the Sheep Movie is filled with wooly situations, sheep thrills, and good-natured fun. You won’t have a baaaad word to say about it afterwards.
Minions has potential but is ultimately disappointing with an uneven plot and stale jokes. Instead of feature length these little guys would be better served doing short films from now on.
Insider Access To Inside Out
The sneak peek at Pixar’s latest was a worthwhile evening that included some nice bonus features, but the main attraction was Pete Docter’s extraordinary film.
Home is a lackluster and innocuous affair that will, at best, be forgotten about the day after you see it, or at worst, make you ask if you can has those ninety minutes back.
The animated classic gets a magical live-action retelling that should please audiences both young and old, while Frozen Fever proves to be a delightful follow-up to the Disney blockbuster.