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'Kubo and the Two Strings' Matches:

Kubo and the Two Strings

  • Optimistic ▶ Yes please
  • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
  • How Things Happen ▶ By magical, mysterious or delocalized forces
  • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
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Coco (2017)

Pixar's nineteenth animated feature film Coco, which opens Wednesday in Bay Area theaters, may seem a little lightweight compared to heart-wrenchingly profound as things like Inside Out, Wall-E, Up, or the Toy Story films. read more...
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    • Production Level ▶ Polished
    • How Things Happen ▶ By magical, mysterious or delocalized forces
    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
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Coco (2017)

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  • With: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Jaime Camil, Alfonso Arau, Sofía Espinosa, Selene Luna, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Renee Victor, Luis Valdez, Herbert Siguenza, Carla Medina, Edward James Olmos (voices)
  • Written by: Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich, based on a story by Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, Adrian Molina
  • Directed by: Adrian Molina, Lee Unkrich
  • MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements
  • Running Time: 109 minutes
  • Release Date: 11/21/2017
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Pete's Dragon (2016)

A remake of the 1977 movie, a musical that combined live-action and animation, this new Pete's Dragon is something else: like Steven Spielberg's already-underrated The BFG, it's a gentle, whimsical tale, focusing on wonder in an age when most kids' movies focus on noise and movement. It begins with one of those car-ride scenes that can only end in a crash, but director David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) handles it well, with discreet cutting. This leaves young Pete stranded in the woods alone, rescued and cared for by a kindly dragon (his big front feet look like soft, cuddly bean-bag chairs). Six years later, Pete (Oakes Fegley) has been raised apart from any humans; one day he spies a forest ranger, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), and becomes curious. Before long, he has been "rescued," but Grace's soon-to-be brother-in-law, a lumber man, Gavin (Karl Urban), has seen the dragon and sets out to capture it. read more...
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    • Optimistic ▶ Yes please
    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
    • Rules ▶ Escapable or can be transformed
    • How Things Happen ▶ By magical, mysterious or delocalized forces
    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
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Pete's Dragon (2016)

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  • With: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford
  • Written by: David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks, based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and on a story by Seton I. Miller, S.S. Field
  • Directed by: David Lowery
  • MPAA Rating: PG for action, peril and brief language
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Release Date: 08/11/2016
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The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

It's all about the ladybugs. The animators at Japan's Studio Ghibli have been making children's movies since the 1980s and have earned the adoration of young and old, worldwide. They have done this not by making breakneck, slapstick movies full of fart jokes, but by focusing on the flow of life. These movies actually take the time, once a scene is over, to linger in the moment and watch a ladybug crawl across a leaf and take to the sky. read more...
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    • Production Level ▶ Polished
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The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

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  • With: (voices) Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett
  • Written by: Keiko Niwa and Hayao Miyazaki, based on the novel by Mary Norton
  • Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Release Date: 07/16/2010
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Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

The 59th Disney Animated feature film, Raya and the Last Dragon is one of only about a half-dozen from that last that showcases a little diversity. read more...
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    • Optimistic ▶ Yes please
    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
    • Production Level ▶ Polished
    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
    • Originality ▶ Stories I know and love

Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

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  • With: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chang, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk (voices)
  • Written by: Qui Nguyen & Adele Lim, based on a story by Paul Briggs, Don Hall, Adele Lim, Carlos López Estrada, Kiel Murray, Qui Nguyen, John Ripa & Dean Wellins
  • Directed by: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada
  • MPAA Rating: PG for some violence, action and thematic elements
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Release Date: 03/05/2021
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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Emily Blunt makes a terrific Mary Poppins, bringing that same combination of odd and thorny with an underlying sexiness that Julie Andrews did to the 1964 Mary Poppins, even if Andrews is still the best. Rob Marshall directs Mary Poppins Returns as if it were a direct sequel, following immediately in the 1960s, or of no particular time. Except for a villain, a banker that gets rich by foreclosing on homes (shades of The Big Short), this movie has no winking nods to anything modern-day. It's all comfortably old-fashioned and self-contained. In the story, several years have indeed passed, and now Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) is grown up with a family of his own. His wife has passed on, and his dream of being an artist has given way to working at the bank to make ends meet. His sister Jane (Emily Mortimer) lives with him and helps out, while organizing rallies and demonstrations (we never see these, only Jane making and carrying signs and flyers around). Dick Van Dyke's chimney-sweep Bert has been replaced by a cheerful lamplighter, Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), who also sports a wild cockney accent. When the family is about to lose the house, Mary shows up to take the children on adventures and sort of indirectly help save the day. One such adventure takes place inside a fancy bowl (including a series of delightful hand-drawn cartoons and fantastic use of the bowl's contours) and another in an upside-down repair shop run by Cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep); neither of them really further the story, but they are welcome asides. The songs aren't quite as memorable as the ones in the original, but perhaps given time they'll stick around. Overall, while it's not a great movie, it's colorful and diverting, and it truly is good to see Mary again. read more...
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    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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  • With: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Jeremy Swift, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Jim Norton, Noma Dumezweni
  • Written by: David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, based on stories by P.L. Travers
  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • MPAA Rating: PG for some mild thematic elements and brief action
  • Running Time: 130 minutes
  • Release Date: 12/18/2018
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