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  • Frozen

    Frozen

    ★★★½

    The sheer cultural weight of Frozen, and wherever you fall on the spectrum of "all-time classic" to "overrated annoyance," is just so loaded at this point that it's hard to not feel a weird sense of pressure while watching it. There are so many reasons this became a four-quadrant hit, combining classic fairytale design, an undeniable soundtrack, memorable characters, one-liners, and just enough of a twist on Disney's formula to feel modern. A lot of those elements are enchanting, especially…

  • Wreck-It Ralph

    Wreck-It Ralph

    ★★★★

    Wreck-It-Ralph brought me back to seeing Disney's animated films in theaters again after a full decade, and it's easy to see why. This is easily one of their most spectacularly conceived worlds, with so many details that accurately represent every generation of video game design. But this isn't just a technical wonder — it also has a very sweet core with Ralph and Vanellope both going through surprisingly complex personal journeys, with terrific voice performances by John C. Reilly and…

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