All About Moviesda 2023
With both new and returning titles, this month’s moviesda 2023 features star-studded ensemble films, beloved book adaptations, bold retellings of true events, family-friendly fare and more. All films have earned critical acclaim by garnering at least 75% on Tomatometer scores.
Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith and Sophia Lillis team up in a heist fantasy based on Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons for this flick.
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Trolls Band Together
A few years ago, DreamWorks Animation transformed colorful Troll dolls into a full-blown movie sensation. The colorful creatures dance, sing, and have a good time, which made them an instant hit in both theaters and homes. The animated film even spawned an album with its chart-topping lead single, Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Now the franchise has grown to three films and counting. The third installment, Trolls Band Together, is currently in theaters. It features Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprising their roles as Queen Poppy and her brother Branch. The movie’s plot dives into Branch’s boy band past as a member of BroZone with his four brothers John Dory, Spruce, Clay, and Floyd.
When a kidnapping takes place, Branch is enlisted to reunite the band to help save him. But first, the trolls must overcome their clashing personalities and egos. In addition to the film’s original music, the soundtrack will feature songs from popular artists like Troye Sivan and Daveed Diggs.
Whether you’re a fan of the Trolls or not, you’ll want to see this latest adventure. Trolls Band Together is a fun and colorful film that will entertain the whole family. The movie is available in multiple platforms, including Netflix and Amazon Prime. But if you’d rather watch in the comfort of your home, you can get a Trolls Band Together DVD or Blu-ray.
The trolls are back with another movie this year! Trolls: Holiday in Harmony is a sequel to their 2020 hit Trolls World Tour. The film follows Poppy organizing a village-wide Secret Santa exchange where each troll buys a gift for someone else. This film has a cast of stars including Zooey Deschanel, Justin Timberlake, and Daveed Diggs.
Unlike most new releases, Trolls Band Together is not streaming on a major platform right away. Typically, movies that premiere in a theatrical window will stay exclusive to a platform for 12-18 months. But this film is a bit of an exception because it has a first window deal with the streaming service Peacock. The agreement will allow Trolls Band Together to premiere on Peacock in April before returning to its theatrical release in June 2023.
Disney’s 100th Anniversary Animation Film
Disney animated classics feature memorable tunes, but none is more iconic than “When You Wish Upon a Star.” You can hear its infectious melodies while walking down Main Street at Disneyland or Magic Kingdom; additionally, this song plays over Walt Disney’s logo to symbolize hope and optimism that characterizes his company.
As Disney Studio celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year, this spectacular short film by directors Dan Abraham and Trent Correy commemorates its legacy with style. Once Upon a Studio will debut today on Disney+ and Hulu as well as airing on Disney Channel, Freeform, FX and FXM before also running theatrically alongside Moana’s special engagement up through Thursday at select theaters across North America.
With more than 543 characters from 85 feature-length and short films, including heroes, villains, princes and princesses and sidekicks spanning a century of storytelling and artistic achievement – from hand-drawn to computer generated animation – assembled here for one spectacular show, this movie is an impressive testament of storytelling excellence and artistic achievements from Disney animators both past and present stepping out from behind their frames to welcome one another as guests arrive for this groundbreaking cinematic event. Just its opening sequence alone is spectacular – with past and present Disney animators greeting each other when the doors open!
While paying tribute to their history, this film serves as an exhibition of their current output. Although far short of being one of their strongest or upper mid-tier offerings, the animation still amazes. Seamlessly blending traditional with 3-D techniques, creating a distinct new look for this studio; delightful watercolor-like backgrounds of Rosas’ Kingdom; charismatic voice performances by an astonishing cast – this film stands out as another stellar entry by Pixar!
This must-see film for anyone who appreciates animation is a must, no matter your level of Disney fanaticism. While its story may not match up to some of Disney’s best work, audiences still tend to warmly respond and its Tomatometer rating of 75% suggests this.
Dungeons & Dragons Live Action Movie
There have been previous attempts at adapting Dungeons & Dragons for the big screen, all to no avail. From 2000’s poorly executed plot and two direct-to-DVD sequels – each failed to capture the essence of Dungeons & Dragons game itself. But Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves might just be one that does.
This film follows a group of adventurers that come together to aid a town from being taken over by evil mage Profion, including bard Edgin, barbarian Holga, sorcerer Simon, shapeshifting Druid Doric and Paladin Xenk (Rege-Jean Page). Like an actual D&D session, characters must think quickly on their feet and come up with creative solutions when problems arise.
Many scenes in the film draw upon the system of chance at work within D&D, as well as its chaos-inducing aspects, for inspiration. For instance, characters may jump into an innocuous-seeming gelatinous cube but an efficient constitution save roll will allow them to escape unscathed without suffering serious injury – this serves to immerse audiences into the film while showing what happens when players engage with it!
Previous Dungeons & Dragons movies failed to capture the whimsical, humorous nature of D&D world, which the movie makes full use of by giving audiences a taste of all its bizarre aspects – like treasure chests that want to devour you or snake-men who appear unexpectedly!
Though this film doesn’t boast a large budget, it still manages to feel full of D&D goodness thanks to directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who know exactly how much lore they bring into the story and which actors bring their characters alive on screen.