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12/1 TCL's Movie Trip

Paul McGuire Grimes from Paul's Trip to the Movies shares reviews of two new release, plus his thoughts on the rerelease of "Titanic" for the movie's 20th anniversary. 
 
Paul's thoughts are below:
 
COCO
 
Miguel bears the weight of a family curse that has been passed down from one generation to the next. His great-great grandfather left his wife and baby daughter behind to pursue his passion of music. His actions led his family to ban any and all music to be heard or played within their vicinity. Miguel finds himself at a crossroads, as the only thing he loves in life is music. His idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, was considered one of the greatest musicians of all time thanks to his beautiful lyrics and ability to strum the guitar. Miguel wants to be just like Ernesto and learns how to play guitar by watching his old performances on VHS tapes. On Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, his village throws a massive celebration in honor of the loved ones who have since passed away. Miguel decides to take Ernesto’s advice to “seize the moment” and try out for the talent show. He sneaks into Ernesto’s exquisite mausoleum and attempts to steal the guitar on display. His bold move conjures up the spirits as he is transported to the Land of the Dead where he is reunited with his ancestors. Here he realizes that he can meet his idol Ernesto but the only way back home is to get a blessing from his ancestors. That blessing comes with a cost that Miguel must come to terms with if he wants to see his family again. Along the way, he’s guided by his rascally dog Dante and a vagabond named Hector who is also looking to reconnect with his loved one.
 
-Featuring an all Latino cast: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Edward James Olmos
 
-Pixar invites the audience into a world and culture that may be unfamiliar. The celebrations around Dia de los Muertos showcase the cultural importance towards family and honoring those who came before us.
 
-There are a variety of original songs by Frozen Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez. Their song “Remember Me” poses as the movie’s theme and will surely get stuck in your head.
 
-Dazzling and jaw-dropping animation in the creation of the Land of the Dead and the bridge that connects it to the living world. Pixar knows how to push themselves farther with each movie. 
 
-It may look scary with the Land of the Dead and the use of skeletons to represent our ancestors, but it is not a scary movie. I took my nieces who are three and seven and neither were scared.
 
-You get that warm and cozy feeling inside, especially now around the holidays, as Miguel learns more about his family and forgiveness. Coco reminds us that we must not forget those who came before us. We need to honor our ancestors and remember their stories and sacrifices as a way of learning more about ourselves.
 
-I have an interview with sets supervisor Chris Bernardi up on my website.
 
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Pixar continues to astonish with their magical original stories. One to be cherished for years.
 
RATING: 4.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
 
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
 
In Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances McDormand gives the best performance of her career since the old Marge Gunderson days in Fargo. She plays Mildred Hayes who is still grieving after the murder of her daughter, Angela. She has driven by three billboards outside the town border countless times before but only now does the light bulb go off. They are old, rickety, and haven’t been touched in years with various panels hanging off. She pays $5,000 for the first month’s rent to send a pointed message to Sheriff Willoughby who has yet to solve the case and arrest the man who raped and murdered her daughter. The three billboards are noticeable, to say the least, with their red background and bold black text. Ebbing is a small town where everyone knows each other’s business. It’s no secret that it was Mildred who put them up, and now she is under fire for her brazen attempts to be heard. Not even the local priest is happy with her. She has zero time for anyone that doesn’t want to help her. Adding fuel to the fire is Officer Dixon, the quintessential racist cop who believes he runs the town. All Mildred wants is to have closure, yet that’s hard to come by in a town full of secrets, selfishness, and intolerance.
 
Starring: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Lucas Hedges
 
-BIG OSCAR talk right now for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, McDormand, Rockwell, and Harrelson
 
-Frances McDormand gives a staggering performance as Mildred. She is captivating from start to finish. She can stare down any character leading you to question just how far she will go like any mother or father would in her situation. She effortlessly nails every zinger the script throws her way when Mildred refuses to back down.
 
-Watching McDormand and Sam Rockwell spar is a master class in acting. He rightly deserves award consideration for playing such a sleazy guy going up against her.
 
-The script has a wickedly dark sense of humor--the kind of snappy, and sometimes vulgar, comedy that may turn certain audiences off. It always feels appropriate for the characters garnering that cringe-worthy shaking of the head at the same time. The characters are offbeat but always grounded in reality. 
 
-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is less about trying to solve the case of who raped and murdered Mildred’s daughter, but more of an examination of how a small town reacts when it’s shoved in their face again. It’s easier to sweep it under the rug claiming they tried when they didn’t really fight for her. It’s an eye-opening look into the role hate and power can play in a community.
 
-Themes of power and being complicit ring loud and true. 
 
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Frances McDormand is always worth a trip to the movies.
 
RATING: 4.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS