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One of “Moana’s” highlights is this buoyant song from Maui (Dwayne Johnson), bragging about all he did to create the world. You can see the hand-drawn animation of the tattoos, including mini-Maui, and the tapa paper effect Mark Henn talked […]

Disney has kept the best of its reliable formula and freshened it up with a spirited story inspired by the ancient myths of the Pacific Islands and a spirited heroine who dreams of adventure, not finding a prince. It is […]

There’s something for everyone in this 2016 movie gift guide! TCM has the largest selection of DVDs and movie goodies anywhere. And the best gift any lover of classic movies can hope for this holiday season is a subscription to […]

I love character actors — from the silent era through the present, they are some of my favorite performers. I’ve written about the outstanding documentaries, That Guy…Who Was in That Thing and That Gal…Who Was In That Thing, which show […]

Still trying to figure out “Arrival?” These might help: In the Washington Post, Michael O’Sullivan explains more about what a linguist does, with some comments from the woman who helped to inspire the character played by Amy Adams, Jessica Coon. […]

I love talking to Mark Henn, one of the greatest animation artists of all time. And I loved seeing his work in “Moana,” Disney’s new animated musical set in Polynesia. Henn worked on the animated tattoos sported by — and […]

We mourn the loss of singer/actress Florence Henderson, the iconic Carol, mother of three very lovely girls (the youngest one in curls), who married Mike Brady, father of three boys, and created television’s most beloved blended family. Her shag haircut […]

The holiday season is ahead and there are some great book and toy choices for your gift list. Books for kids: Crafting with Feminism When the weather keeps you indoors, put away all the screens and devices and learn to […]

We think the hard question is why bad things happen to good people, but really the hardest question is this: when the hard things happen, how do we go on? Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan likes to explore this question in films […]

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