CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
2016, Bleecker Street Media, 118 min, USA, Dir: Matt Ross

Director Matt Ross picked up the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes for this insightful look at a family living off the grid. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) has raised his six kids in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, homeschooling them with an exacting and exhilarating curriculum. But the death of his wife forces him into the outside world, where his idea of what it means to be a good parent comes under fire. “Viggo Mortensen is at the top of his game in this family dramedy, shot through with humor and heart.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


MOANA
2016, Walt Disney Pictures, 103 min, USA, Dir: Ron Clements, John Musker

Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN), this sweeping, CG-animated feature follows the title character, a teenager inspired by the seafaring adventures of her ancestors to leave the safety of her Polynesian island. Aided by mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), Moana (Auliʻi Cravalho) prevails against enormous monsters and impossible odds as she voyages across the open ocean on a daring journey to save her people.


ALADDIN
1992, Walt Disney Pictures, 90 min, USA, Dir: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Disney renaissance sparked by THE LITTLE MERMAID continued with this dazzling fantasy based on the Arabian Nights folktale. When street urchin Aladdin comes into possession of a magic lamp, he uses its power to woo a princess but runs afoul of the evil Grand Vizier. As the lamp’s wisecracking Genie, Robin Williams is at his stream-of-consciousness best (legendary animator Chuck Jones called this film "the funniest feature ever made” for good reason). Composer Alan Menken’s original score and song (“A Whole New World”) both earned Oscars.


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