Moana (****1/2) continues to change the game for Princesses

There is a recipe out there somewhere to make a valiant woman's story without sacrificing her male counterpart. They almost made it here, but the "let me clean up your mess" feeling of the story doesn't quite make it. Still, it's message is good enough to accompany it's remarkable visuals. I am going to assume no one will need to say "she persisted" someday. They will just say the protagonist persisted.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (****1/2): There is hope. Lot’s of it.

#RogueOne This film makes the film that immediately follows it better. I did not think it was possible. Go see it. Again and again.

Zootopia (****1/2) preaches effectively (mostly)

The best thing is that the bad actors in the end are bad because they use differences to scare the larger voting base into being afraid of the smaller one. Fear, as we know, is the way to get votes these days. Saying someone who scares you is worthy of being scared of is a cheap pandering method that is used now more than ever, unless you're Libertarian.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (***) – There’s always someone saying don’t worry about it

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Director Wes Ball Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Giancarlo Esposito, Alexander Flores, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Jacob Lofland, Barry Pepper, Rosa Salazar, Lili Taylor, Alan Tudyk, Patricia Clarkson Screenplay T.S. Nowlin based on the book by James Dashner The very first thought I have when thinking about the title of the 2nd in The Maze Runner series is the … Continue reading Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (***) – There’s always someone saying don’t worry about it

42: Somewhere between legend and reality

42 - 2013 Writer and Director Brian Helgeland Starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Andre Holland, Christopher Meloni, John C. McGuinley, Lucas Black, Alan Tudyk, Nichole Beharie, C. J. Nitkowski, Brett Cullen, Ryan Merriman, T.R. Knight, Hamish Linklater, Brad Beyer, Jesse Luken, Max Gail, Peter MacKenzie, Linc Hand Somewhere in the middle of 42, a pitcher named Fritz Ostermueller … Continue reading 42: Somewhere between legend and reality

Forgotten Gems: Knocked Up – The sort of prequel to This Is 40

  Knocked Up - 2007 Written and Directed by Judd Apatow Starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Charlene Yi, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Iris and Maude Apatow, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader, Alan Tudyk, Harold Ramis, Joanna Kerns, Craig Robinson, B.J. Novak The first thing that one notices when re-watching Knocked … Continue reading Forgotten Gems: Knocked Up – The sort of prequel to This Is 40

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is the kind of hillbilly horror we all can rally behind

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil - 2010 Directed by Eli Craig Starring Taylor Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss Written by Craig and Morgan Jurgenson There is a subtlety to the acting of Taylor Labine and Alan Tudyk, who as Dale and Tucker provide one half of the adversarial title of this film, that is … Continue reading Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is the kind of hillbilly horror we all can rally behind