Unnecessary sequel but a fair bit stronger than the likes of Finding Dory and Monster's University. As you'd expect from a Toy Story film, it has a lot of heart and a lovely, important message behind it. Many were worried it would 'ruin' the ending of 3 - and it simultaneously feels unneeded but also doesn't ruin it. Now it's *definitely* time to close the doors on the Toy Story series.
A believable and smartly made film, with effective editing to provide a great drama and tension to the narrative. Miles Teller announces himself as a competent lead, and while JK Simmons is no stranger to the 'angry superior' character, that doesn't make it any less of an intimidating, strong performance.
My personal favourite film from 2014 so far.
A splendid coming-of-age tale about a young witch, Kiki (accompanied by her cute and whimsical cat Jiji), who has to leave home in search of independence. As charming as Ghibli can be, I feel they've reached the pinnacle with this one. It always amazes me the fact Ghibli can take such simple characters, a simple setting and a simple premise and bring them to life so effortlessly. But they never compromise on providing a positive message to the viewers (in this films case, the importance of maturing and pushing on through adversity). One of Miyazaki's finest, if not the.