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  • The Black Cauldron

    ★★½

  • The Fox and the Hound

    ★★★★

  • Naked

    ★★★★

  • Pete's Dragon

    ★½

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  • The Black Cauldron

    The Black Cauldron

    With the last of the old guard (ie, the “nine old men’) now retired, the Disney animation division had to start anew once again. The entire studio seemed to be having an identity crisis at this time. With Touchstone Pictures now acting as a sister studio for more adult fare (“Splash”), the animation studio seemed to be just barely hanging on. “The Black Cauldron” would do its best to merge the tradition of animation while trying to appeal to older…

  • The Fox and the Hound

    The Fox and the Hound

    This film marks the final bow for the beloved “nine old men” who started with the Disney studios over forty years prior. Perhaps that’s why I responded so strongly to it this time around (which may have been the first time watching it since I was a kid in 1981). Three sequences stuck out at me that I would put up there with some of Disney’s strongest moments. First, the opening credits sequence. While maybe not exceptional on the surface,…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    Hard to say where it ranks. Definitely up there with the best, though. Is it THE best? Time (and a few more viewings) will tell. It is certainly the "busiest" of all SW films. Every character is either escaping, hiding, planning, fighting, wisecracking, sword-swinging, piloting, plotting, rescuing, screaming, shouting, training, being trained or... meditating. There is a lot going on in this 2.5 hour extravaganza and it's all fun. At times, it can be incredibly moving. One moment that could…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★★

    The closest thing you'll get to a spoiler here is that BB-8 sounds nothing like the Spheero toy. Still very cute, though. Okay, there. How's the movie?

    As a film critic at this time of year, I am watching tons of award screeners, many of which are incredibly depressing (even if they're great, they're mostly downers). Watching The Force Awakens yesterday, I felt like I was transported back to 1977, when moviegoers were finally treated to something incredibly fun and…