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  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★★

    Really great piece of animation from Disney  about the daughter of an island chieftain who leaves the safety of her island to find the ancient warrior Maui and restore the heart of a sea goddess. The animation is crisp and colorful, and every scene is a joy to look at. The music and songs really set this apart from a lot of other recent kids movies - it's got fantastic lyrics and a sweeping score that elevates and inspires. But most importantly it's got a great story that's full of heart and emotion, and I really enjoyed taking my kids to see it.

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Glad I finally got around to seeing this claustrophobic thriller from Jeremy Saulnier that's on a lot of end-of-the-year lists. A punk band witnesses a murder in a neo-Nazi bar in the middle of nowhere and has to fight for their lives against a swarm of redneck racists out to kill them while they're barricaded inside the club's green room. As in Saulnier's other film Blue Ruin, the violence here is realistic and terrifying and presented with just enough gore…

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★★

    While a lot of people seem to be down on the first Captain America movie, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit and was pretty interested to see the next entry in the franchise. The Winter Soldier is nothing less than a relentless action thrill ride with a heavy dose of intrigue thrown in. You can't say anything about this before recognizing how amazing the action setpieces are choreographed and shot - I've seen enough action movies to be jaded…

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    After the dud that was 1998's Godzilla (which I've seen but admittedly don't remember much about), I was understandably leery about another reboot of the classic Japanese mega-monster franchise. But the trailers promised something interesting - a dark modern monster movie that just might live up to the hype. Turns out I should have listened to my gut the first time around.

    The first warning sign is when Bryan Cranston, who is a tad hammy but is nonetheless the most…