Review: Moana

Disney’s latest is lavishly designed, beautifully animated and a lot of fun. Set in ancient Polynesia, when a darkness begins to sicken the islands, it is up to a chieftain’s daughter named Moana to travel far over the ocean and find the demigod Maui, who was responsible for the calamity. Whenever I go to see…

Review: The Road to El Dorado

The bizarre combo of Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh as our leads gives a quirky heart to a forgotten Dreamworks Animation Studio style… Two thieves acquire a map leading them to the hidden city of gold, El Dorado. But when they find it their morals shift when they meet El Dorado’s natives and their friendship…

Banter: A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur’s Court

I like the Transformer movies from Michael Bay… Okay, not the second one so much… Or the rampant product placement in the fourth one… But I like them;┬áthere are genuinely worse films out there, and honestly despite where the series went, the first film (just try to deny it) revitalized the franchise and brought in…

Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

Ahhh. That nice feeling of watching something original. Kubo is a young son of a warrior who is maimed as a baby by The Moon King and is raised by his mother as a storyteller. Now older he lives in isolation, with his injured mother, hiding from the Moon King’s servants who wish to take…

Review: Batman – The Killing Joke

A little late to the party here and honestly, it was just alright. Mark Hamill reminds us why we love his turn as Joker so much. Batman and Batgirl become involved in the most diabolical trap The Joker has ever conceived after the Clown Prince breaks out from prison yet again. Based off of Alan…

Review: Finding Dory (2D)

Finding Dory is like a metaphor for our lead character. Insane, dotty and full of slapstick comedy with just a dusting of heart string-pulling. After helping her friend Marlin rescue his son Nemo, the fish with short-term memory loss Dory begins to remember her past. Can she find her parents… somewhere out in the ocean?…

Review: The Sword in the Stone

A great look back at one of my most nostalgic Disney classics. While visibly flawed, I can’t help but enjoy it enormously. Disney’s 1963 crack at the legend of King Arthur remains their one and only attempt. Curious considering how involved and incredible and magical the stories and characters can be. The Sword in the…

Review: Zootropolis (aka Zootopia)

Honestly I was expecting a good but perhaps exasperating time with Zootropolis, but actually… this was a really intelligent and err, human story. Judy Hopps has dreams of being a Police Officer in the big city, despite everyone (including her parents) thinking it is ridiculous; no bunny could ever be a Police Officer! But believing…

Trilogy Review: Kung Fu Panda

I am not a fan of Jack Black. In fact I tell people often that he only works best when not in a leading role. After all, we can cite plenty of films he has headlined that did not work out (Gulliver’s Travels, Year One etc) So it always perplexes me when I really enjoy…

Review: Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (2D)

I am a little late to this party, but with time to kill I went to see The Peanuts Movie. It was… nice. Timid and underachieving Charlie Brown discovers he has a massive crush on the new girl at school, and while his faithful dog Snoopy both helps him and daydreams to himself, Charlie must…