Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-03-21
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Richard Dysart, Jim Cummings

"Castle in the Sky" may be the most straightforward action/adventure movie made by Japanese master animator Hayao Miyazaki, and it provides an excellent introduction to his catalog.

Garland’s unwillingness to compromise has resulted in a film whose ideas and philosophy demand thought and dissection and are not easily dismissed or forgotten.

It sloughs off the generic label that adheres to many films of the genre, providing an experience that is by turns exciting, emotional, and funny.

Shows how the most devastating damage caused by terrorists sometimes isn’t to those who die; it’s to those who remain alive.

Run Time: 2:20
U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Drugs)
Genre: Drama
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, Bill Camp

The movie is all about the nonstop dialogue but, as a result of the way the words flow, they function as momentum builders.

A morality play that has much in common with the so-called “revisionist” Westerns of recent years.

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: Drama
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys

"The Post" offers a stirring reminder of the importance of unsung heroes in protecting the American way of life.

Taking the focus off the Pacino/De Niro sequences and allowing the movie to stand on its own reveals a production of uncommon power and intensity.

An adult fairy tale that encourages the same emotional responses often engendered by such simple, heartfelt stories.

Takes a hard look at the system of racial inequality that defined this era and reminds viewers of the price for surrendering to our base instincts.