At the Movies: November 25

Moana, Rules Don’t Apply, Allied

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This weekend at the movies: Moana; Rules Don’t Apply, and Allied.

Moana

An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity. Starring the voices of Auli’I Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk, Jemaine Clement,

Rated PG. Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. Animated/Action. 1h 53m.

What the Critics Say:

“More than ‘Tangled,’ more than ‘Frozen,’ ‘Moana’ keeps with the tradition that made Disney the leader in animated fairy and folk tales.” – Variety

“This engaging adventure triumphs because of its empowering storyline, which pays tribute to Polynesian culture, and because of its feel-good music, courtesy of Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.” – Common Sense Media

Our Take:

Tell the theater, “Aloha!” this weekend (we mean hello, not goodbye) because this one is a must-see!

Rules Don’t Apply

Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver, Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), only two weeks on the job and also from a religiously conservative background. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test but also defies Hughes' number one rule: no employee is allowed to have an intimate relationship with a contract actress. Also starring Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, and Alec Baldwin.

Rated PG-13. Directed by Warren Beatty. Drama/Romance. 2h 38m.

What the Critics Say:

“It may be hyperbolic to describe Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes movie, ‘Rules Don’t Apply,’ as a screwball ‘Citizen Kane.’ But that’s what it feels like.” – The NYTimes 

“If the movie isn’t the achievement it should be, it’s at least entertaining in fits and starts…” – TIME

Our Take:

This film has Warren Beatty (who wrote, directed, and stars in this one) written all over it. Classic film aficionados will love this nostalgic nod to Old Hollywood and the politics and glamour of 1950s Los Angeles.

Allied

During World War II, intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) is stationed in North Africa where he encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

Rated R. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Drama/Thriller. 2h 4m.

What the Critics Say:

“Alive to what's great about old movies: the supple, nearly invisible craft that allows scenes to throb with emotional suspense.” – Variety

“Deliberately evoking Casablanca, director Robert Zemeckis proves with this wartime romance that he's a highly skilled craftsman.” – Common Sense Media

Our Take:

Again, this is a great weekend for classic movie lovers. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard clearly steal the spotlight together; this Casablanca-esque flick will give you all the feels.