Disney's latest 3-D computer-animated feature is a rare mainstream blockbuster set in a matriarchal universe, and its namesake hero is a bona fide feminist princess. Brimming with great heart and great humor, Moana further explodes our assumptions about the Disney heroine.
The French nature documentary Seasonsfollows a specific set of animals, showing how they have adapted over different periods in our planet's history. The footage is stunning, and through gorgeous cinematography and understated musical cues, Seasons makes a case for conservation.
At turns elegiac, absurdist, and gently satirical, Manchester by the Sea is an achingly graceful, heartfelt, working-class story about loss, grief, and family obligations. And if the early buzz is any indication, the film may earn star Casey Affleck his second Oscar nomination.