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  • Trolls

    Trolls 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Nov, 2016

    FAR better than it had any damn right to be. Pretty much the closest we'll get to a solid Smurfs movie, Trolls is the sort of recent-era Dreamworks surprise. They managed to make a jukebox musical movie based on a doll about as solid as they probably ever could. Solid cast, well arranged & well re-contextualized song selection and some moments of inspired animation. Still, it's a pretty basic story, but one told pretty well.

  • Moana

    Moana 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Nov, 2016

    "It gives Moana more reason to leave her flock than just finding “more” in the traditional more selfish Disney sense. There’s no love interest or vague song of explroing the world. Instead, there are stakes and dangers that she faces which require direct action. Action that’s not always pretty. Her initial attempt on a boat is squashed quite quickly, but Moana rises to the occasion with determined purpose in her heart."

    Full Review: marianithomas.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/moana-2016-disney-sails-us-away/

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  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 31 Jul, 2013 2

    Many have claimed that The Empire Strikes Back is, in many respects, the superior film of the original Star Wars trilogy and the entire Star Wars saga as a whole (which, for the record, isn't very hard when you include those other three films in the equation). The themes are darker, the characters are fleshed out, the newer characters serve to give the universe further depth and the reveal during the climax is often cited as one of the most…

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2013

    Not much can really be said about Short Term 12. I'll put it simply; it makes you lose all faith in humanity... and then regain it in the span of 96 minutes. Brie Larson deserves that Best Actress statue now. One of the years best, if not thee best. SEE. IT.