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In this acclaimed sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), the short-term memory lacking blue tang, is suddenly remembering pieces of her life. In an attempt to return to her roots and reunite with her family, Dory, Nemo, and Marlin (Albert Brooks) travel across the ocean once more, this time finding themselves stuck at the Marine Life Institute in California.
We Said: “Finding Dory has the same heart, charm, memorable characters and gorgeous undersea visuals as its predecessor, so don't be afraid to dive in and enjoy it..” Rating: 4 out of 5
The Good: Possibly even better than its predecessor, Finding Dory is as beautiful and moving a film as it is hilarious and exciting. It’s so great to see all these characters and ideas from the original movie back again, with the same detail and care that they got 13 years ago. Ellen DeGeneres once again gives an incredible voice performance as the title
character, and all the new additions to the cast blend right in as well. So far, Finding Dory is my favorite movie of the year.
The Bad: Pixar tends to sometimes trap themselves into repeating the same basic plotlines and formulas over and over again with each new film they put forward. Unfortunately, there are times where Dory falls into this as well, particularly in its over the top climax and resolution. Further hindering its originality is, of course, that it is a sequel. It’s a fantastic sequel, but is at times rather reliant on the existence of the first movie, nonetheless. Past that, Finding Dory is pretty spot-on what audiences wanted from the Nemo spin-off.
Overall: Finding Dory is a worthy successor to the beloved Finding Nemo, using the prequel/sequel format to further explore the world of DeGeneres’ brilliant character. The characters are loveable, the jokes are funny, and the emotional depth as compelling as we’ve come to expect from Pixar.
America’s favorite oddity Nicolas Cage stars in this modern day Don Quixote story as Gary Faulkner, an unemployed contractor on a perceived mission from God (Russel Brand) to travel to Pakistan and capture Osama bin Laden. Based on a true story, the comedy-drama follows Gary on his samurai sword-armed quest from Colorado to the middle east as he grapples with the CIA, God, and foreign terrorists.
Season Six of the smash-hit HBO fantasy series returns with a vengeance, presenting what many fans consider to be the strongest season the show has had so far. Continuing the Westeros set epic, Season Six finally brings answers to the cliffhangers that have rocked the internet for months, in addition to further raising the stakes as the body-count grows.