Heartwarming and funny, ‘Toy Story 4’ is a satisfying animated ending

In 1995, Toy Story changed the animation game as we embarked on the adventures of Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Andy’s toys as he worried that his owner was leaving the cowboy behind. This dark premonition came to pass in 2010’s Toy Story 3. Andy, now an adult, hands his childhood pals to a preschooler named Bonnie. While the ending is bittersweet, it is happy enough to bring tears to moviegoers.

While Toy Story 4 is rediscovering lost friends, one’s purpose, and listening to your inner voice, is it really necessary?

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‘Big’ and Growing Up Too Fast

Big is a movie about wish fulfillment done right. A refreshingly sweet and funny film that is multi-layered with comedy, drama, fantasy, and a small subplot of romance. Plus, how can you replicate the charm of Tom Hanks as a big child? Looking at the films of today, I can’t immediately think of one that has this magic that can be relate to not just children but adults.

I never watched this Tom Hanks classic until a few weeks ago but how relatable this movie is makes it timeless.

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The toys are back in town in the first teaser trailer for ‘Toy Story 4’

In 2010, I was still in college but I felt like a child again as Disney/Pixar created another installment in the franchise that began their partnership in 1995. Toy Story 3 was an animated masterpiece. It brought tears to my eyes as I reflected on that time in all our lives where we have to let our action figures or dolls go as we grow up and move on to bigger adventures. It was the perfect ending to the Toy Story franchise.

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‘The Post’ delivers an obvious message, elevated by Hanks’ and Streep’s performances

If there was ever a movie more suited for this current time, The Post would be the one. In this current era, where words are tossed around like “fake news”, we need to be reminded about speaking truth to power through the written word. Despite the period-specific sideburns and a screen choked with casual cigarette smoke of 1971, The Post couldn’t be more about 2017 if it tried.

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