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The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

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“Always be yourself… unless you can be Batman.”

Directed by Chris McKay
Starring Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes

In crime-ridden Gotham City, the Joker (Galifianakis) launches a devastating attack in concert with a vast assortment of other villains, only to be soundly (and rhythmically) defeated by Batman (Arnett). When Batman declines to acknowledge his greatest foe (because he doesn’t do ‘ships,) however, Joker concocts a plan of breathtaking audacity to take his nemesis down a peg or two.

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Moana (2016)

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I guess that pig really sells in some market, because he’s way over-represented in the publicity for a character who never leaves the island.

“The Ocean is Calling”

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
Starring Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk

Moana (Cravalho) is the heir apparent to her father, Chief Tui of Motonui (Morrison). Her people live a life contained on their island, which provides all that they need… until the fish leave the sea around the island and the crops and coconuts begin to die. Always adventurous, Moana suggests fishing in the more dangerous waters beyond the reef, and then follows her grandmother’s (House) stories to take a boat from the long-forgotten voyaging past of the tribe, and seek for the demigod Maui (Johnson).

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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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“If you must blink, do so now…”

“Be bold. Be brave. Be epic.”

Directed by Travis Knight
Starring Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Kubo (Parkinson) lives with his mother in a cliff overlooking the sea, using his mystical power over paper to tell stories without endings to the local villagers (including Takei and Tagawa) for an income to support himself and his ailing mother. When his desire for some contact with his late father leads him to stay out late, he draws the attention of his maternal grandfather, the vengeful Moon King (Fiennes), who sends his twin daughters (Mara) to capture Kubo.

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Wait; Chadwick Boseman doesn’t get his name above the title? Damnit, Marvel!

“United We Stand. Divided We Fall.”

Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Starring (deep breath) Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johanssen, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily Van Camp, Tom Holland, Daniel Bruhl and William Hurt

After a brief flashback of the Winter Soldier’s (Stan) cold war career, we see the current Avengers taking down former SHIELD/HYDRA agent Brock ‘Crossbones’ Rumlow, in a fight which ends up devastating a Lagos office block. As a result, the UN ratifies the Sokovia Accords, legislation to regulate the Avengers under the control of a UN panel. Tony Stark (Downey Jr.), wracked with guilt over the Ultron affair, is for it, but Steve Rogers (Evans) is agin it, given his experiences operating under oversight.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

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“Grab Destiny by the Dumplings”

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
Starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, JK Simmons and Bryan Cranston

In the Spirit Realm, Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) encounters an old enemy named Kai (Simmons), who steals Oogway’s chi and uses it to break back into the mortal realm. Intent on annihilating Oogway’s legacy, Kai sets out to capture the chi of every kung fu master in China. Po learns that only a master of chi can defeat Kai, and fortunately his long lost father Li Shan (Cranston) turns up to teach him the ancient secrets of the panda chi masters.

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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

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“Prepare for Awesomeness”

Directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
Starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane

In the Valley of Peace, the young panda Po (Black) dreams of being a legendary kung fu warrior, instead of a waiter in his father’s (James Hong) restaurant. When word comes down that the great kung fu teacher Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) is about to choose who will become the Dragon Warrior, Po just wants to watch the selection; he never expects to be chosen.

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Blast From the Past – The Lion King (1994)

It's kind of fortunate that baboons are among the primates with fully opposable thumbs.
It’s kind of fortunate that baboons are among the primates with fully opposable thumbs.

“The greatest adventure of all is finding our place in the circle of life.”

Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff
Starring  Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Rowan Atkinson, Robert Guillaume, Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin

The young cub Simba is born to Mufasa (Jones), King of the Pridelands. While Simba is still a young, reckless cub, his father is killed by his brother Scar (Irons) with the aid of his hyaena minions (Goldberg, Marin) and flees into exile.

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The Guest (2014)

We're a long way from Downton.
We’re a long way from Downton.

“He’s Here to Help”

Directed by Adam Wingard
Starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe and Lance Reddick

David (Stevens) appears at the door of the grieving Peterson family, explaining that he served in the army with their dead son. They invite him to stay and he tries to be useful, in particular helping the younger son Luke (Brendan Myer) defend himself against homophobic bullies. Soon however, the Petersons’ daughter Anna (Monroe) starts to suspect that there may be more to David than meets the eye.

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The Martian (2015)

It's a small niggle, but although Watney's faceplate gets smashed like that in the book, it never happens in the movie.
It’s a small niggle, but although Watney’s faceplate gets smashed like that in the book, it never happens in the movie. It has been pointed out to me that actually that’s a reflection in the faceplate, so there you go.

“Help is only 140 million miles away”

Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and… well, a whole lot of folks

When a storm forces the Ares-3 crew, led by Commander Lewis (Chastain) to abort, an accident seemingly kills mission botanist Mark Watney (Damon). By pure luck, he survives, but is faced with the seemingly insurmountable challenge of continuing to do so until some sot of rescue can reach him.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Does this poster look odd? Don't worry; it perfectly fits the film.
Does this poster look odd? Don’t worry; it perfectly fits the film.

Directed by Wes Anderson
Starring… well…

Holy crap!
…yeah; pretty much everyone.

A girl in a modern day Zubrowka graveyard reads a book which is narrated in 1985 by its author as an old man (Tom Wilkinson) transitioning to his voice as a young man (Jude Law) who visits the fading Grand Budapest Hotel in 1968 and is told by the aging owner Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) the story of his younger self (Tony Revolori) and the adventure he shared with his mentor, the great concierge M. Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), in 1932. This, you must understand, is merely the establishing scene of the movie.

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