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Moana review



Release date: March 7, 2017

Studio:Walt Disney Animation Studios

Directors:John Musker, Ron Clements

MPAA Rating:PG (for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements)


Starring:Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk


At a young age, Moana was told the story of the goddess Tefiti. The goddess was the creator of the islands and provider to all the people. Maui, a demigod, was the hero to all the people and was in search for fulfilling the wishes of everyone. Seeking more power Maui stole the Heart of Tefiti to give to the people. As he did this an evil spirit rose and battled Maui stripping him of his magic hook and he was never to be seen again.
As Moana grew she felt drawn to the ocean and with the teachings of her grandmother,Tala, Moana learned about her ancestors and their journey across the water. As the effects of Tefitis missing heart now reached their island,Tala revealed the heart of Tefiti to Moana and tasked her to return the heart and restore their home.
On her journey, Moana discovers the small island that held the stranded Maui and together they journey the vast ocean in hopes to restore the balance of nature. and return home.

As a new Disney feature releases, there’s a lot of expectations of a spectacular feature with great music. Especially that catchy tune you cant’s get out of your head. A favorite character you can relate to or imagine in everyday situations, or some other feelings that you take along after watching the film. Moana didn’t seem to deliver that feeling. With so many aspirations for a movie with and islander theme, Moana fell short of delivery.
The Polynesian music didn’t seem authentic and more of a Hawaiian TV special with Don Ho.
The adventure on the ocean seemed a little on the dull side in the fact that there was not much they could really do in the middle of the ocean without crossing into Finding Nemo or Little Mermaid.The cast did a great job in bringing the characters to life. Dwayne Johnson played the courageous yet cocky Demi-god Maui. Who else to play the people’s hero than the people’s champion. Moana was played by Auli’i Cravalo. Her Characters was so full of life and energy yet the writing seemed flat.
One of the more memorable parts of a Disney movie is What you’d call the Realization Song. Be it Let It Go, Part of Your World or Reflection, Moana’a How Far will I go was good but not quite as catchy as the previously mentioned hits. The rest of the soundtrack was good yet with a title and theme as ambitious as this, there would be expectations of more cultural sounds. The songs seemed over produced to the feeling of a Hawaiian TV variety show.
Bottom line Moana was pretty good. I hear a lot of good words about it. making my words seem real harsh. But with Titles as Mulan, Aladin, and Lion King. I felt that not enough attention was paid to the cultural aspects of this film or at least not enough was portrayed by such a colorful culture.

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No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters



If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago. 

It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced. 

 Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.

Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game. 

From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.

Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.

The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.

What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?

And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Back to the movie. 

Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.

Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.

The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!

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Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023



Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).

Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm

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Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3



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