Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom. This is directed by Jennifer Lee under Walt Disney Pictures.
Featuring The Voices of: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter & Rachel Matthews.
Genre: Adventure, Animated Feature
WHAT I LIKE?
Frozen 2 is one of the best Animated Movies Hollywood has ever made. It may not be as classic as the first one but FROZEN 2 does everything with heart, action and music that really appeals to both younger and older viewers. It is truly a worthy follow-up of this well-loved Disney Classic that really invested on exploring a deep and sensible part of its story. I really like the story arcs on the second installment. Its a good support on the material the first movie established. What I like about Frozen 2 is a big improvement on Visuals and Cinematography. For the songs & musical numbers, I really admire the heart & relevance in each song. I find the songs more personal this time. Story-wise, I find it more engaging & emotionally-compelling this time. I really can see how they have maintained cohesiveness in terms of emotions and characterization. More than a solid foundation of its story, Frozen 2 gave us more of all of its well-loved characters – Anna, Elsa, Olaf & Kristoff. Anna is still a charming character. Elsa is much more defined in terms of portrayal and I really like all her musical numbers. Kristoff on the other hand has more relevance this time. What I like the most in Frozen 2 is Olaf. The movie gave us more of Olaf’s fun and energetic charisma. I really love all his scenes. He is such a joy to watch. As a whole, Frozen 2 is such a worthy follow-up of a classic animated film that will surely go a long way in our memories.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Songs may not be as classic and as memorable than the first but it is still a worthy download on Spotify.
Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. This is directed by Joachim Ronning under Disney & Roth Films.
CAST: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sam Riley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Robert Lindsay, David Gyasi, Jenn Murray, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Judith Shekoni, Miyavi & Kae Alexander.
GENRE: Action, Romance, Adventure & Fantasy
WHAT I LIKE?
Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil is a worthy-sequel of one of the well-loved Dark Tales in the Disney Universe. What I like about the film is its solid follow-through in terms of plot and conflict. I really admired the story arcs in the 2nd installment. It was a brilliant idea to discover the origin of Maleficent and explore the idea of marriage between Aurora and Prince Philip. The conflict material really complimented well with the improved visual effects, cinematography and impressive Production design. Maleficent 2 is really at par in terms of Editing this time. Scenes are both visually-compelling & engaging. I really like how they mix romance, drama and action into one breath-taking and awesome cinematic masterpiece. Along with your well-loved characters, Maleficent 2 draws its strength with its stellar cast headlined by Angeline Jolie herself. Angelina still gave her classic and memorable portrayal as Maleficent. This time, their screen time with Aurora (Fanning) is much appreciated and felt. It was just pure joy to see the Jolie-Fanning tandem on-screen. Acting chops are impressive too. Prince Philip is too adorable not to appreciate too. What I like about Maleficent 2 is its risk in going around a heartbreaking Climax and battle scene that became an emotional whirlwind for audiences. Overall, I am impressed with this 2nd installment.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Well, the fact that I haven’t seen any topless of Prince Philip yet. NAAAAH! Maleficent 2 is still the best so far. OOOPS!
The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother-and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. This Live Adaptation of a well-loved Classic was directed by Jon Favreau under Walt Disney Pictures.
FEATURING THE VOICES OF: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Beyonce, Chiwitel Eljofor, John Kani, John Oliver & Keegan Michael Key.
GENRE: Animation, Adventure
WHAT I LIKE?
For a classic masterpiece you loved since your childhood, any live adaptations will surely be nostalgic and magical. The LION KING of course didn’t disappoint. The Live Adaptation captures exactly how it should be. With some pretty impressive Visuals and Cinematography, the Live Adaptation depicted the African Wilderness precisely. The CIRCLE OF LIFE Opening Number itself is more than enough. I am also impressed with the Musical Numbers and Musical Scoring on the film. It was executed well and I am loving Beyonce even more too. With a great combination and formula of adventure, drama, comedy & romance, The Lion King is truly a family-friendly film. Watching the Lion King Again brings back so many memories and joy we felt when it first aired years ago. For fans, I am surely almost all will be pleased with this film. For me, it was worth-watching.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Somehow, its not as classic as the first one but hey, the whole REMAKE is such a joy to watch.
When Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries. The 4th Installment of Toy Story is directed by Josh Cooley under Disney Pixar.
Featuring the VOICES of: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Bonnie Hunt, Don Rickles, Jeff Garlin & Jodi Benson
GENRE: Animated Feature
WHAT I LIKE?
Toy Story 4 truly honored its roots especially to the service they have rendered to Andy down to their new kid Bonnie. Aside from that, they were able to send a heart-warming message and a very sentimental turnaround of the whole mission and life of Woody. What I like about the 4th installment is that it never get tired of going through the same plot and conflict thus presenting it in a very calm manner this time. It may be less adventurous this time but the movie gave a worthy resolution especially to Woody. I really loved how the contrast of stories from both “toy worlds” complimented on the final scene. Everything was just smooth and light to carry. I loved how they used a Semi-Villain in the film. At least, there were no exaggerations this time. I think they focused purely on emotions paving way for that resolution we all wanted. It still have the characters we loved but “Forky” as the newest Toy character is just adorable & funny. Aside from an impressive visuals and Cinematography, Toy Story 4 really maintained its branding to be one of the most child-friendly Animated Films Hollywood has ever made serving a decent and generous amount of comedy, thrills & lessons that could appeal not only to younger generations but across mature audiences as well.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
If you are expecting some epic adventure this time, Toy Story 4 may not be your cup of tea.
A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes. The first ever Live Adaptation of Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie under Disney Movies.
CAST: Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Marwan Kenzari, Billy Magnussen, Nasim Pedrad, Numan Acar & Navid Negahban
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
WHAT I LIKE?
Everything about the first ever Live Adaptation of this well-loved Classic Animation is PERFECT & MAGICAL. Aladdin is basically the love story we all admire during my younger years. It was the Fantasy of my childhood years. And yes, the live adaptation gave justice to this classic masterpiece. What I like about Aladdin is their brave move to cast a not-so-mainstream actors and actresses aside from Will Smith. Aside from that, the live adaptation captured the original content while reinventing a modern approach and minor touches with some details you loved even before. First thing, Special Effects are highly-impressive. I am really amazed on how they visualized the Kingdom where Aladdin and Jasmine lives. Also, the Magic Carpet Ride was brilliantly-done along with Abu (the joyful monkey) and of course, the Genie. The Production Number of Genie during their first meet-up of Aladdin is the movie’s most perfect and highly-entertaining part. It was a visual spectacle and it will truly be one of the books for this 2019 adaptation. The Props, Costumes & Setting were on-point and impressive. I really like the Bollywood-inspired numbers. For the Musical Part, this was also one of the movie’s strengths. It was executed well and it was very engaging & visually-compelling. Jasmine’s Speechless Song was the highlight. Acting-wise, I am pretty satisfied. Mena as Aladdin was the perfect choice. His physical appearance and impressing acting & charm really made him deserving for this role. On the other hand, Jasmine was great and epic. She was the cream and the crop of the whole movie. Her singing parts were great too. Her beauty and charm really made her worthy of the role as Jasmine. The Villain (Jafar) was also a good choice. What I loved the most is Will Smith portraying Genie. He actually proved all the doubts on him on the early announcement of the adaptation. He was entertaining and he was almost perfect for his role as Genie. Parents need not to worry for this movie too since its rated G – General Patronage. Overall as an Aladdin Fan, I am pleased and satisfied. I am so excited for the follow-up movie. I hope they would release it sooner.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
C’mon! Everything about the movie is either nostalgic or perfect.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Coco is directed by Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina under Disney Pixar.
Featuring the voices of: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Vector, Jaime Camil, Gabriel Iglesias, Ana Ofelia Murguia & Edward Olmos.
Genre: Animated Feature, Comedy, Drama, Adventure
WHAT I LIKE?
Coco belongs to one of Disney/Pixar’s masterpiece that has truly made its mark in the roaster. What I like about the film is how it creatively and brilliantly interpreted the theory of life after death in a manner that is family-friendly and captivating at the same time. Coco is highly-entertaining and inspiring at the same time. I am impressed on how was the plot laid out. The sequences were great and the phasing was just in parallel with its twist and turns in preparation of a climax that will truly capture your emotion. Coco is a rollercoaster of family values, drama, comedy and adventure that would keep you on your seats until the end. I really loved the part where the after life was shown. It was just mesmerizing and visually-stunning. Sound engineering is impressive too. There were some entertaining musical numbers. I really love the Mexican influence of Coco. Expect a whirlwind of emotions while watching. Never I have expected to cry buckets after. It touched a certain emotion in me that is usually felt when you experience losing someone you love especially your family. Overall, it is a highly-recommended flick rich in various family values and an eye-opener about death and life. Plus, the “Remember Me” OST was sang by Iñigo Pascual.
Captain Jack Sparrow faces an old nemesis named Salazar, who along with his Spanish navy ghost crew escaped from the Devil’s triangle in the pursuit to kill every pirate at sea. Jack, with the help of new allies named Henry & Carina, must seek the Trident of Poseidon in order to defeat Salazar. This movie is directed by Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg under Walt Disney Pictures.
Casts: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, Stephen Graham
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction
WHAT I LIKE?
Bringing the same adventure and fun that only Pirates of the Caribbean Series could bring – Dead Men Tell No Tales (Salazar’s revenge) will always be one of your favorites. I really like the movie. It was visually-entertaining from beginning to end. I see a great improvement in visual editing this time with superb CGI effects (which is more real this time) and very impressive production design as usual. What I love about the movie is that there’s a lot happening around. You will be glued by exciting scenes and action sequences. Lots of thrilling moments this time. I love the variety of sequences until a very great climax. The twist and turns were great. The phasing was past. In as much it should have a reference to previous films of the franchise, but Dead Men Tell No Tales could easily stand alone. The plot is overall easy to understand for this one though I believe that the whole Pirates franchise are stretched too much to acommodate new ideas and conflicts in sea adventure. This time, I loved the new characters. Johnny Depp is still as iconic and impressive as the ever lovable Captain Jack Sparrow. Also, I commend performances of Brenton and Kaya and their chemistry on-screen. I really expect them both to be on the next sequels if ever. The comeback of Javior, Orlando and Keira were also a great sight in the movie. Overall, I am impressed and this is truly worth-watching.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Well, if you focus on the fun and the adventure, I think Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is great flick.
In order to know where you’re going, you need to know where you come from. Disney’s Moana is an animated film inspired by the actual story of the people in the South Pacific in the height of the explorations in the sea. For me, this is one of Disney’s finest and rightful to be one of the most memorable animated film ever produced in history. This family-friendly adventure flick will please your eyes with great and impressive visuals, engaging conversations, good story phasing and some really heartwarming lessons. There is so much to love about the film. From its very refreshing Polynesian-inspired theme down to very lovable characters of Moana, Maui and not to mention the chicken and the pig. Aside from its child-friendly formula, Moana is a musical masterpiece also. With its very nice songs and numbers, the film won’t bore you even for a second. Loved the songs so much that I wanna listen to it every time. The movie is just fascinating to watch from beginning to end. The adventure beyond the sea will let your imaginations fly. Definitely worth-watching many times. Giving it perfect 5 stars.
Finding Dory brings back so much great memories of Finding Nemo. And yes, the wait was worth it. This Pixar and Disney masterpiece takes you to another exciting journey to the sea. With addition of new lovable characters, Finding Dory is all but pure and heartwarming entertainment for the whole family. It may have a resemblance of the 1st film’s formula, but this film will stand alone as one of Disney’s finest animated flick to date. It may not be as adventurous as the 1st one, but the story and lessons are deep this time. Worth-watching again. 5/5 stars.
Not as memorable as The Perfect Storm but The Finest Hours will generally please you with good acting and good visuals as well. I just find it a little bit of “I want something more”. You can never go wrong with films based on a true story. This movie lacks enough drama to highlight the remarkable and heroic act of the lead characters. Fast pace as it may seem but the film did not consistently got my interest and attention all throughout. Climax was a little too lackluster and missing at some point. As a whole, it was a good film. You may or may not watch this. 3.5/5 stars.