It is an absolute crime against humanity that “Wolfwalkers” didn’t win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, “Wolfwalkers” is the third and final installment in Moore’s “Irish Folklore Trilogy,” and easily the best. The story follows Robyn Goodfellowe, a young would-be hunter (if it weren’t for her pesky gender assignment) who moves to Ireland with her father during a time of unrest due to fears of wolves outside the city limits.
After sneaking out to explore the forbidden area, Robyn meets a fiery girl named Mebh, who is part of a clan of humans who can transform into wolves by night. The latest animated feature from Cartoon Saloon, “Wolfwalkers” feels like a folktale read from an oversized storybook about breaking rules in the name of progress, tearing down Puritanical and patriarchal power systems, and learning how to be comfortable letting the wild animal within all of us run free.
What followed was nearly 7,000 passengers from across the globe arriving in this town for five days, where the townspeople housed and fed the new arrivals. Based on those stories and frequently referencing the very real people that helped during this time, “Come From Away” is a healing reminder that no matter how bad things get, there is always good in this world.
Directed, written, and produced by Spike Jonze, “Beastie Boys Story” is an atypical documentary inspired by the memoir “Beastie Boys Book.” Filmed at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, it’s an intimate retelling of the 40 year history of the friendship and music-making of the Beastie Boys as told by Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond.
The film itself is a recording of Ad-Rock and Mike D recounting their memoir in front of a live audience, not unlike the public speaking engagements popularized by Henry Rollins of Black Flag. Plenty were disappointed that this film isn’t a true-to-form documentary, but there’s something so endearing about hearing the remaining Beastie Boys talk about their lives of rebellion and partying while rocking gray hair and crow’s feet around their eyes.
When you grow up with one of the most famous dads in the world, you’re bound to have a fascination with the man loved by generations. Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, and clearly inspired by growing up as the daughter of Ron Howard, “Dads” is a documentary about, well, dads. It’s an aggressively positive and joyful look at fatherhood featuring testimonies from regular civilian parents and some of the most famous celebrity dads.
Everything about “Dads” feels like a celebration, even when discussing some of the more difficult topics like loss, the foster care system, and generalized parental anxiety. The film is co-produced by Dove soap, so while it makes sense that this doc is squeaky-clean in its storytelling, you may feel frustrated when the film doesn’t dive deeper into more complex themes surrounding fatherhood. There was clearly an intent for good feelings behind the making of this film, and it absolutely succeeds.
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