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  • The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur

    ★★

    By far the worst (read: most boring, lifeless and derivative) movie Pixar's made. And yes, I'm including Cars 2.

  • Frozen

    Frozen

    ★★★★

    For all of you who have complained — rightfully so — about the Disney Princess machine and the horrible messages it consistently sends to our young women: go see Frozen. Seriously. Frozen consciously and consistently undercuts the traditional “princess” narrative and comes up with what has to be the most female-friendly story in the Disney canon. This isn’t one of those movies that uses claims about “girl power” to sell pink merchandise while still hewing to the tropes that we’ve…

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  • Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing

    ★★★★

    Anyone who thinks that Shakespeare’s plays are impenetrable should watch Joss Whedon’s thoroughly accessible Much Ado About Nothing. It’s always been my favorite of the Bard’s plays — even considering the loathsome treatment of Hero (William Shakespeare: Slut-shaming Since 1589). Amy Acker makes for a wonderfully world-weary Beatrice, Alexis Denisof makes a thoroughly acceptable Benedick, Sean Maher schemes prettily as Don John, and the whole affair has the feeling of one giant party at Whedon’s house — which, of course,…