Moana (Auli’l Cravlho and Dwayne Johnson in ‘Moana.’

Moana (Auli’l Cravlho and Dwayne Johnson in ‘Moana.’

*For the big holiday weekend there is big fun to be had with Disney’s “Moana.” Vivid colors and vibrant personalities grace the screen along with courageous girl power in the house. The CG animated, action and adventure feature tells the story of the fierce Moana (Auli’l Cravlho), who brings her island out of the dark into the light. Thereby, she provides food and a livelihood for her people.

Rachel House is the amazing, break-the-rules grandma Tala; Dwayne Johnson, the foreboding Maui, and Temuira Morrison, the protective father and chief. Adults and children will enjoy the sights and sounds of this magical musical directed by Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, and Don Hall.

Marianne Beausejour as Marion Cotillard as Marianne Beausejour and Brad Pitt as Max Vatan in ‘Allied.’

Marianne Beausejour as Marion Cotillard as Marianne Beausejour and Brad Pitt as Max Vatan in ‘Allied.’

‘Allied’

Paramount’s “Allied,” directed by Robert Zemeckis, gives you all the intrigue and drama missing from a lot of present day remakes. In addition to the film’s content, there is the fabulous forties’ fashion flair of the magnificently draped women and astounding looking suited men.

The film is beautifully introduced in the year 1942 with intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), landing in the eye-catching, blazing North African desert. He eventually meets up with French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a crucial mission behind enemy lines to take out a Nazi statesman.

But back on Allies’ safe soil in London, their worries aren’t left behind. Marianne is accused of being a spy. Is she or isn’t she? Sit back and enjoy the captivating and engrossing search for truth.

Christina Hendricks, Billy Bob Thornton & Tony Cox in a scene from 'Bad Santa 2'

Christina Hendricks, Billy Bob Thornton & Tony Cox in a scene from ‘Bad Santa 2’

‘Bad Santa’

 Yes, we get it. Some people do not want to be caught up in the holiday spirit and so rebel. I did it once when I opted to go see “The Prophecy” instead of a holiday film. But “Bad Santa 2,” directed by Mark Waters, is the pits. It picks up where “Bad Santa” left off, and should’ve just disappeared forever. The terrible three—Santa, Mom, Marcus—team up in “Santa 2” to rob a charity.

A frequently humping Santa (Billy Bob Thornton) does not a humourous movie make. Not to mention the incestuos innuendos with the annoying kid (Brett Kelly), who expects his father figure, Santa, to pop his cherry. Also, there is the coarse and crude mother (Kathy Bates) and the malcontent Marcus (Tony Cox). These unconventional characters need great writing and humor to make this hodgepodge of disgusting scenarios work.

Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected]

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