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Toy Story 4 (review)

Toy Story 4 (review)

Although the Toy Story films are full of adventure and comedy, the series always includes a focus on serious, emotional moments. This one includes more drama with a continuous message about the importance of friendship and loyalty. The usual gang is back, although most of the funny supporting characters get scant attention. This one revolves around Woody, Bo and a new toy (a spork voiced by Tony Hale) as they go on an adventure to comfort their new kid/owner. The animation is gorgeous, as expected, and there are some new characters that add some fun. Overall, it’s lively, well-paced and enjoyable. Not as unique or special as the first 3, but still higher entertainment value than many animated family films.

 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 

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Rocketman (review)

Rocketman (review)

Would the Academy award an Oscar to an actor playing a famous musician 2 years in a row? Because Taron Egerton certainly deserves it. He not only captures Elton John’s swagger and sounds great (that’s him singing), but he also brilliantly and touchingly conveys the demons that haunted the singer. That was my one surprise/complaint: this was more a drama verging in tragedy. Still, director Dexter Fletcher’s vision to present John’s songbook as part of the narrative is masterfully presented, even sometimes moving. There’s plenty of information to qualify as a biopic, but the creative, artistic approach elevates the film to a magical movie musical.

 

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

 

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Here’s where I saw it (San Francisco’s Castro Theatre)

 

 

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