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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Movie Reviews: Moana, Allied, Nocturnal Animals, Bad Santa 2, Loving

Rules Don't Apply, The Eagle Huntress

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The traditionally busy Thanksgiving weekend features a full slate of Disney animation, historical drama, a psychological thriller and a feel-good documentary.

Disney's Moana (pictured) may stick to a musical formula in its story of a Polynesia girl's hero journey, but there's a reason that formula works. Nocturnal Animals finds writer/director Tom Ford crafting a dark, stylish story that at times feels more interested in a thesis than in its characters. Rules Don't Apply mixes several different story ideas—circling around eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes circa 1959-1964—in a way that never comes together.

Eric D. Snider raves about the documentary story of a Mongolian girl and her supportive parents bucking tradition in The Eagle Huntress, but Bad Santa 2 can't manage the same balance between vulgarity and hilarity as the original.

MaryAnn Johanson praises the old-school psychological drama of the Brad Pitt/Marion Cotillard wartime romance Allied.

In this week's feature review, simple, non-heroic love changes the world in Loving.

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