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Coco (2018)

“The Celebration of a Lifetime”

Directed by Lee Unkrich
Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, and Edward James Olmos

Miguel (Gonzalez) is a young Mexican who longs to be a musician, but his family have been dead set against all music since the ancestral patriarch abandoned his wife Imelda (Ubach) and daughter Coco (Murguia) in search of fame. His adopted street dog Dante breaks the family ofrenda on the Day of the Dead, revealing a hidden, partial photo of his great grandfather which suggests that he was Ernesto de la Cruz (Bratt), favourite son of the village and greatest musician in Mexican history. Miguel ‘borrows’ de la Cruz’s guitar from his tomb to take part in a music competition, but becomes cursed for taking from the dead and trapped in the Land of the Dead.

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Behind the Candelabra (2013)

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“Too much of a good thing… is wonderful.”

Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds

Animal trainer Scott Thorson (Damon) is introduced to the pianist and entertainer Liberace (Douglas) by film producer Bob Black (Bakula), who explains that, obvious as it is to the gay community, straight audiences have no idea that Liberace is gay.

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Zootropolis (2016)

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“Like nothing you’ve seen be-fur.”

Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush
Starring Giniffer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Jenny Slate and Shakira

Country rabbit Judy Hopps (Goodwin) dreams of becoming a cop in Zootropolis, the cosmopolitan capital of a world of anthropomorphic animals far removed from its primal roots. Montaging her way through the academy, she wrestles with the prejudice of her boss (Elba) and the machinations of vulpine hustler Nick Wilde (Bateman) before landing a career-making missing mammal case with the help of Dawn Bellweather (Slate), the put-upon assistant of blowhard Mayor Lionheart (Simmons).

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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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“Lights. Camera. Abduction.”

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum

Eddie Mannix (Brolin) is a fixer for Capital Studios, making sure that the productions keep running and the stars stay away from scandals. On a particular day he has to wrangle a star (Clooney) kidnapped by Communists, find a husband for a pregnant starlet (Johansson), deal with a pair of nosy journalists (Tilda Swinton) and a studio leak (Tatum) and persuade a classical director (Fiennes) to work with a cowboy star (Ehrenreich), and at the same time decide whether he’d rather be building airplanes.

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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Admittedly, it lacks the subtle depth and melancholic introspection of Only Lovers Left Alive...
Admittedly, it lacks the subtle depth and melancholic introspection of Only Lovers Left Alive…

“Some interviews with some vampires.”

Directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement
Starring Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement (you may notice a pattern here; they also wrote it), Rhys Darby, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Jonathan Brugh, and Ben Fransham

In a dingy house in Wellington, four vampires have a flat share: Viago (Waititi) is a 16th century dandy, Vladislav (Clement) is a former Transylvanian warlord, Deacon (Brugh) is the 180-year old rebel bad boy of the group, and Petyr (Fransham) is Deacon’s 8,000-year old progenitor, a taciturn monster who lives in the cellar and looks like Count Orlock in Nosferatu. Their quiet lives of slightly sad dissipation among New Zealand’s vampire community are thrown into disarray, first when they become the subjects of a documentary film crew, and then when Petyr turns one of their victims, Nick (Gonzalez-Macuer).

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Inside Out (2015)

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“A Major Emotion Picture”

Directed by Pete Docter
Starring Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Richard Kind, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan

11 year old Riley (Dias) is uprooted from her home in Minnesota when her Mum (Lane) and Dad (MacLachlan) move with her to San Francisco.  The resulting turmoil is managed by Riley’s emotions, the five personifications – absurdly perky Joy (Poehler), neurotic Fear (Hader), splenetic Anger (Lewis Smith), discerning Disgust (Kaling) and morose Sadness (Phyllis Smith) – who live in her head and regulate her inner life.

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