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Animated film about a girl Moana, is destined to be Chief of her clan. For years, her tribe had “fished beyond the reef”, but then stopped. Moana dreams of the sea, and at the urging of her grandmother, she sets sail to save her tribe. Along the way, she meets Maui, a demigod who helps her on her journey to become a Wayfinder.  I absolutely love this movie. There is a lot of action, particularly during the last half while Moana and Maui are on their journey. The music is wonderful and has a couple of really beautiful songs. It has a lot of humor; Maui is played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and he is perfectly cas in his role. Best of all, it is a great story about a powerful young woman who finds her own identity and voice. Huge thumbs up from us (Eliza saw this with me and loved it as well) for a film that is excellent entertainment for viewers of all ages and is an especially great and empowering movie for girls and young women. This will be among my favorites of the year.

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