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  • The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club

    ★★★★

    Hilarious and touching by playing up and tearing down all the High School stereotypes, John Hughes' slow direction and smart writing sensitively explores the internal and external conflicts teens face, realized largely due to the natural performances his memorable young cast delivered who clearly had a mutual respect for Hughes.

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★

    Feels soulless. The best thing about this misguided, by-the-numbers retread is also the worst: the photorealistic animation is impressive, but once the novelty is gone, it clearly has too much reverence for the original while stripping it of what made it great: the traditional animation, proving the realistic approach awkward and unnecessary.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone shine in Chazelle's ode to dreamers, La La Land, a vibrantly hypnotic technicolor dreamscape reminiscent of old-style Hollywood, a simpler time, about the hard sacrifices aspiring artists must make to fulfill creative ambitions and move with the times in the City of Stars.

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★★★

    A glorious animated triumph, from the awe-inspiring Pride Lands that stir the emotions, to the memorable ensemble of fun characters and famed catchy songs that encompass the Circle of Life, The Lion King powerfully balances rich mythic entertainment and philosophical lessons.