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Movie Review: Moana (2016) *Lovely and Likable, But Not a Classic”


Moana is the 56th Disney animated film, and the latest from a studio that has seriously revived itself from near obsolescence at the hands of Pixar.  It has the creative teams behind Aladdin and Hamilton behind it, and the first Pacific Islander princess (well, daughter of a chieftan).  Does Moana stand in the company of Disney’s latest string of classics?  No, but despite some serious flaws, it still manages to be kind of impossible to dislike. Continue reading Movie Review: Moana (2016) *Lovely and Likable, But Not a Classic”

Trailer Time: Tresspass Against Us (2016) *Father/Son Crime Thriller*

Trespass Against Us is set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of Britain’s richest countryside. Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Brendan Gleeson) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police. But with his own son, Tyson (Georgie Smith) coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. When Colby learns of Chad’s dreams for another life he sets out to tie his son and grandson into the archaic order that has bound the Cutler family for generations. He engineers a spectacular piece of criminal business involving a heist, a high-speed car chase and a manhunt, which leaves Chad bruised and bloodied and with his very freedom at stake.

Trespass Against Us opens in theaters on November 24, 2016.
Trespass Against Us, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Fassbender

Trailer Time: Moana Trailer #2 (2016) *It’s Maui Time?*

I honestly don’t know what to make of Moana after two trailers, it seems kind of a thin concept and a lot of the humor falls flat, but after six or seven solid outings in a row I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt for now.  It certainly looks gorgeous.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Directed by animation vets Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid), Moana will be released in theaters on November 23, 2016.

Trailer Time: Arrival Trailer #2 (2016) *Why Are They Here?*

*Text from Coming Soon

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario), the film is based on Ted Chiang’s 1998 novella Story of Your Life with a script with Eric Heisserer (The Thing (2011)). When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
“This isn’t a graphic-novel universe or creating a new universe. This happens in our world today, as it exists,” Adams said previously of the grounded approach. “Not having to transport myself to a universe where superheroes exist, which is also fun, really helped me ground the character and the experience.”

Jeremy Renner also stars in the film as a physicist, with the actor saying: “I haven’t played a smart nerdy guy. I thought there was a great challenge in that.”

Renner also spoke about the film’s tone, saying it’s not like a “big Michael Bay alien movie” but instead compared it to the works of Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg. “If you’re a parent, it’s going to wreck you,” he said. “It’s big and there are thriller elements and tension, but it’s going to lean much more into a thinking person’s film.”

Arrival will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 2 before debuting in theaters on November 11.

Trailer Time: Allied Teaser #1 (2016) *Zemeckis, Pitt, Cotillard*

When Robert Zemeckis makes a live-action film, you have to pay attention.  Following a break of a decade, Zemeckis has made Flight, The Walk, and now returns this summer with two fellow Oscar-winners, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, in the World War II espionage thriller Allied.  The film will open in theaters on November 23, 2016.

The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.
Marion Cottillard, Brad Pitt, Robert Zemeckis