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  • Cars 3

    Cars 3

    ★★½

    Cars 3 is okay, which is a huge step up from the second movie*. The setup is fairly engaging, as is the last 30 minutes or so, and the movie has some decent themes relating to moving on and letting the next generation take over (though I didn't appreciate its anti-analytics message). Unfortunately much of the middle of the movie is quite dull, and there are some inconsistently written characters (Nathan Fillion's especially, who takes a strange antagonistic turn at…

  • Trolls

    Trolls

    ★★★

    Trolls is cute, and the effort put into it mostly overcomes the lack of inspiration or cleverness. Like, its a CG movie based on toys, the script is pretty by-the-numbers, there aren't really any memorable characters,and much of the music is covers of famous songs...but there's an undeniable pep to it. The visual aesthetic feels fresh and original, the voice actors give it their all, and even the soundtrack works way better than it should, not least of all because…

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  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★★

    My enduring love for The Emperor's New Groove notwithstanding, this is probably the best animated film ever made, with a beyond impressive blend of thematic depth, narrative and moral complexity, memorable characters, and absurdly beautiful animation and music.

    I went with the English dub this time around, and it's a tough choice on whether I prefer it or the Japanese version. On the one hand, I have to admit some of the voice acting in the English dub isn't perfect,…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    After fifteen years and at least a dozen viewings, it still gives me chills.

    10 A+