Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps in Disney's Zootopia

Zootopia Is Easily One of Disney’s Finest Animated Films to Date

Just when you start to think Disney can’t top themselves, they knock it out of the park again. Around 2010, Disney sat down and charted a new course for their animated films (That’s Disney proper, not its subsidiary, Pixar) with their eyes set on diverse characters, top-notch animation, and stories that audiences of all ages would love. And you can see that new course with box office and critical successes Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. Now, I’d say that course is officially cemented with Zootopia. Continue reading “Zootopia Is Easily One of Disney’s Finest Animated Films to Date”

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega - Star Wars Episode VII

It’s About Damn Time We Had a Movie Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Do you remember the feeling you had when you first saw Star Wars? No, not the prequels. I mean the original trilogy starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. Well, you’re going to get that feeling again when you watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens (a.k.a. Episode VII) because it captures everything that was good about the original trilogy. That’s right—J.J. Abrams did what some of us (including me) thought to be impossible. Continue reading “It’s About Damn Time We Had a Movie Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

disney pixar's inside out

Inside Out: Pixar Gives Me All the Feels

After Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) has a stressful move from Minnesota to San Francisco, it’s up to her emotions—Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black)—to figure out how to make her happy again. Continue reading “Inside Out: Pixar Gives Me All the Feels”

Tomorrowland Is Smug, Self-Congratulatory Crap from Disney

When optimist and science lover Casey (Britt Robertson) sees a futuristic world after touching a pin she discovers among her stuff, she teams up with inventor Frank Walker (George Clooney) to find Tomorrowland and save the world from imminent destruction. Continue reading “Tomorrowland Is Smug, Self-Congratulatory Crap from Disney”

Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella

Cinderella: A Beautiful, Dead-Horse-Beating Film

Ella (Lily James) is forced into servitude by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her stepsisters, Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger), after the death of her father. Just when everything seems hopeless, however, she meets Kit (Richard Madden), her kingdom’s prince, who must choose a bride at the ball. Continue reading “Cinderella: A Beautiful, Dead-Horse-Beating Film”

Into the Woods Movie 2014

Into the Woods: A Fun Ride with a Serious Message and Good Music

In a village just outside the woods, the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) make a deal with the Witch (Meryl Streep) to remove a family curse so they can finally have a child. But they must find a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold, which leads them into the woods. There, they meet Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), all of whom have wishes of their own. Continue reading “Into the Woods: A Fun Ride with a Serious Message and Good Music”

Maleficent 2014

Maleficent Feels Like Two Different Movies

After years of protecting The Moors and its magical creatures from destruction brought by humans, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is betrayed by Stefan (Sharlto Copley), the man she loves, who steals her wings to become the king in the human kingdom. Swearing revenge on him, Maleficent curses his daughter, Aurora (Elle Fanning), saying she’ll prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday, which will put her in an endless sleep that can only be broken by “true love’s kiss.” As Maleficent watches Aurora grow up into a beautiful and caring young woman, however, she starts to regret placing the curse upon her out of anger and tries desperately to keep Aurora from her deadly fate. Continue reading “Maleficent Feels Like Two Different Movies”