Animation

Migration review – A sorely underpowered duck tale

By David Jenkins

A ripe set-up in which a family of ducks migrate in the wrong direction is squandered in this haphazard and empty family animation.

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The Boy and the Heron review – poetry, philosophy, pure emotion

By Mark Asch

Less a swansong and more a heronsong from the Japanese maestro Hayao Miyazaki, a mystical and ambitious message of hope for the future.

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Trolls Band Together – NSYNC fandom rise up!

By David Jenkins

The very-belated reformation of US boyband NSYNC is the central hook for this day-glo second sequel to the surprisingly beloved Trolls franchise.

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The First Slam Dunk review – thrillingly choreographed basketball drama

By Esther Rosenfield

The manga that brought basketball to Japan gets a new adaptation which thrillingly embodies the sport’s high-flying action.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem review – Turtle Power is alive and well

By Kambole Campbell

The pizza-loving, wisecracking anthropomorphic reptiles receive a substantial facelift in this charming animated outing, which embraces their adolescent spirit.

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Elemental

By Hannah Strong

Opposites attract in Pixar's take on the rom-com, but a tendency to play it safe means that Peter Sohn's sparky sophomore feature never quite ignites.

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Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken

By David Jenkins

Charming, if slight Dreamworks animated feature in which a kraken hides in plain sight as a gawky teen high-schooler in the run-up to prom.

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Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

By Leila Latif

Miles Morales returns as the web-slinging hero of Brooklyn in this smart sequel which defies expectations.

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Suzume

By Alicia Haddick

Makoto Shinkai's third feature continues his fantastical vision with a teenage girl who accidentally opens a magical portal, but fails to make the same impact as Your Name and Weathering With You.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie

By Michael Leader

Nintendo and Illumination team up to give everyone's favourite fictional plumber an animated makeover, with soulless results.

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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

By David Jenkins

Pierre Földes' debut feature is an animated adaptation of a several short stories by celebrated Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes on

By Michael Leader

A sentient shell sets out to find his family with help from a documentary filmmaker in Dean Fleischer-Camp's effortlessly charming feature debut.

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Charlotte

By Lydia Figes

The artist Charlotte Salomon, who died in the Holocaust, receives a long-overdue biography through this inventive animated film.

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Pinocchio

By Kambole Campbell

Guillermo del Toro finally realises his long-gestating passion project, with charming results.

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Strange World

By David Jenkins

This retro-inspired Disney adventure yarn boasts lots of great, progressive ideas, but lacks in the imagination department.

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Wendell & Wild

By Saffron Maeve

Stop motion legend Henry Selick teams up with comedy masterminds Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key for his much anticipated return to the big screen.

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Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

By David Jenkins

An animated crocodile with the voice of an angel spreads New York cheer in this breezy and highly likeable family diversion.

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