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Kodi Smit-McPhee is Keda, a young man who is next in line to become the chief of his tribe. His father has been pushing him to success, but Keda is not really a hunter. One day, Keda and his father go out with the other males from the tribe in what will be his initiation as a successful hunter. While rounding up a herd of bison, Keda finds himself separated from the others and facing a charging bison. The bison ejects Keda over the cliff, and his father believes him to be dead. After befriending a wolf who was abandoned …

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Paddington 2

This film picks up where the first left off. Paddington, the bear, is living happily with his London family, the Browns (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins are the parents). It is Paddington’s aunt’s 100th birthday, and he wants to get her something special. Mr. Gruber (Jim Broadbent) at the antique store shows Paddington a pop-up book of London, which Paddington decides he wants to get his aunt, but he has to work and save up a lot of money to buy it. The desire to buy the book launches Paddington into a series of adventures. I loved this movie, which …

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Wonder

This film is based on the book of the same name I read last year with my daughter who had this as an assignment. It is the story of a young boy Auggie who has a genetic condition that caused him to have a disfigured face. He has been homeschooled, and now that he is ready to start 5th grade, his parents think this is the best time for him to enter regularly. One thing I loved about the book is the way the story is told, from the perspective of Auggie, his sister Via, his sister’s best friend Miranda, …

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Coco

Animated Pixar Studios film in which Miguel, the son of a long line of relatives who have learned to despise music, aspires to be a musician. He lives with his mother and father, grandmother, and Coco, his old great-grandmother. His idol is Ernesto de la Cruz, who was a popular singer and film star who died young but left behind a trove of beautiful songs. The Day of the Dead is approaching, and his family has all of the pictures and candles ready to remember the deceased relatives. Desperate to find a guitar to enter a local musical talent contest, …

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Beauty and the Beast

Movie based on the children’s fairy tale led impressively by Emma Watson, who plays Belle, the beauty. I really enjoyed the movie. It was very fun, with its music, great costumes, and sometimes dizzying colors and whirling activity during several of the songs (especially “Be our Guest” and “Gaston”). I also just really like the story and the message. Eliza watched it with me and liked it as much the second time (we both liked the Beast when he was a beast before the spell wore off). Thumbs up for a Disney remake that tries to give the story a …

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A Dog’s Purpose

A movie of short stories about the incarnations of a dog telling the stories of and his/her owners from the dog’s point of view. The concept is interesting, but the movie overall felt so “heavy” with heavy themes – family alcoholism and dysfunction, owner loneliness, and others. The stories were rather interesting but not very well developed. Having written all of this, the movie clearly worked for Eliza, who loves dogs, and she read the book from which one of the lives was taken. So, I will give it a very modest thumbs-up. If you have kids who love dogs, …

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Trolls

Trolls are a delicacy for the Bergans: By eating trolls, the Bergans can experience happiness, and their custom involves eating a troll at each Trollstice. However, one year, the old Chef is tossed out of Bergan kingdom because the trolls she captured for the feast had escaped, resulting in a year of unhappiness for the Bergans. When the Princess troll, daughter of the King, throws a party, she gives away their location, and the now bitter chef scoops them up and tries to regain her status in the Bergan lands. Overall, the move was good; there is a lot of …

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Pete’s Dragon

Pete is a boy orphaned when he was about 6 years old and is befriended by Elliot, a dragon. Pete and Elliott meet up with the rest of the world when lumbering company encroaches on the woods that have been the home of Pete and Elliot. I thought this was a nice story about the positive power of imagination and the transformational power of stories. I went to see this with Lizzy and she also enjoyed it, so that nets a thumbs up from us. I am not sure this is “all ages”, as I don’t imagine older kids will …

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Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle: Taron Edgerton plays Michael “Eddie” Edwards, who always wanted to go to the Olympics. After washing of downhill skiing, Eddie ends up entering the Calgary 1988 Olympics as a ski jumper from Britain. The movie is about his story, which is described as being inspired by true events. The movie is full of clichés that seem to be pulled from similar movies, but the overall story is really quite inspiring and is about following your dreams and pushing yourself to be better even when you have a lot of powerful people who are trying to get in …

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Secret Life of Pets (3D)

This movie is about the shenanigans of a group of pets that happen once the owners leave the house for a day. Max is a dog who adores his owner, and one day, she brings home Duke, a big oaf of a dog who tries to take over the owner’s affections but isn’t quite successful. But both find themselves captured by animal control officers, and their adventure begins. They end up in the sewers, the animal “underworld”, while all of their neighborhood pet friends rally together to find Max and Duke. Secret Life of Pets is a really fun (and …

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