The Boss Baby

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(DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion | 20th Cen­tury Fox) Di­rec­tor: Tom McGrath Re­lease Date: March 31, 2017 Rot­ten Toma­toes Score: 52% Syn­op­sis: As if be­ing con­fronted with a new­born brother isn’t dis­rup­tion enough in the life of a seven-year-old boy, it turns out the baby pos­sesses an adult in­tel­lect, a CEO men­tal­ity, and a mis­sion: to find out why pup­pies are be­com­ing more beloved than ba­bies. Box Of­fice to Date: $498.9 mil­lion world­wide The Word: “It’s too silly to be a slog, but it’s also too smart to be a whiz-bang, empty-hearted bore. I could have done with­out the kew­pie-doll faces and over­sized eyes, but for the most part and where it counts, The Boss Baby gets its kids just right.” – Matthew Lick­ona, San Diego Reader. Nom­i­na­tion Chances: Not a shoo-in, though the ap­peal of Alec Bald­win im­per­son­at­ing a toddler dis­guised as a leader has al­ready been well es­tab­lished.

(GENCO, MAPPA | Shout! Fac­tory, Fu­ni­ma­tion Films) Di­rec­tor: Su­nao Katabuchi Re­lease Date: Au­gust 11, 2017 Rot­ten Toma­toes Score: 98% Syn­op­sis: Based on the award-win­ning manga by Fu­miyo Kouno, this wartime tale cen­ters on a young woman liv­ing in the Hiroshima area in the 1940s. Suzu’s per­se­ver­ance and courage un­der­pin an in­spi­ra­tional story about ev­ery­day peo­ple pulling through a time of vi­o­lence and chaos. Box Of­fice to Date: $18,215 The Word: “Katabuchi has painstak­ingly made a dis­creet cel­e­bra­tion of the beauty and quiet po­etry of or­di­nary life that all but im­per­cep­ti­bly changes into a trib­ute to the re­silience and sac­ri­fices of av­er­age Ja­panese peo­ple dur­ing World War II. Cor­ner of the World is vis­ually evoca­tive, a metic­u­lously hand-drawn, al­most photo-re­al­is­tic ta­pes­try that il­lu­mi­nates the magic in­her­ent in the most com­mon­place sit­u­a­tions.” — Ken­neth Tu­ran, Los An­ge­les Times Nom­i­na­tion Chances: This wa­ter­color-soft heart­string tug­ger has won over fes­ti­vals the world over, from An­necy to L.A., and took the pres­ti­gious Ja­pan Academy Prize for an­i­ma­tion. World could be this year’s artsy anime stand­out, though the field is mighty crowded.

Stu­dio: Uni­fied Pic­tures Di­rec­tor: John Steven­son Stu­dio: Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion Di­rec­tor: Tony Leondis Stu­dios: Sci­ence Saru/To­hos Di­rec­tor: Masaaki Yuasa Stu­dios: Wash­ing­ton Square Films, Elec­tric Chi­noland, Low Spark Films/GKIDS Di­rec­tor: Dash Shaw Stu­dios: Allspark Pic­tures, DHX Me­dia/ Lion­s­gate Di­rec­tor: Jayson Thiessen Stu­dios: Sci­ence Saru, Toho Di­rec­tor: Masaaki Yuasa Stu­dios: Dream Fac­tory Group, Eracme En­ter­tain­ment, Huayi Ten­cent En­ter­tain­ment Com­pany, Man­doo Pic­tures/ Sum­mit Pre­miere Di­rec­tor: Ash Bran­non Stu­dios: Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion, The Kerner En­ter­tain­ment Group/Co­lum­bia Pic­tures Di­rec­tor: Kelly As­bury Stu­dios: ToonBox En­ter­tain­ment, Re­drover Co., Ltd., Gulf­stream Pic­tures, Shang­hai Hoong­man Tech­nol­ogy Co./ Open Road Films Di­rec­tor: Aaron Wood­ley Stu­dios: Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion, Walden Me­dia, Af­firm Films, The Jim Hen­son Co., Franklin En­ter­tain­ment, Ci­ne­site Stu­dios/Co­lum­bia Pic­tures Di­rec­tor: Tim­o­thy Reckart Stu­dios: Lit­tle Dream Ent., Coop99 Film­pro­duk­tion, ORF, Kino Lor­ber Di­rec­tor: Ali Soozan­deh Stu­dios: Na­tional Film Board of Canada, Mehr Stu­dio, Stick­girl Pro­duc­tions, First Pond Di­rec­tor: Ann Marie Flem­ing Stu­dios: Maybe Movies, 2 Min­utes, Dupuis, Belvi­sion, France 3, Gao Shan, Pi­pan­gai, Ge­beka Di­rec­tors: Arthur de Pins, Alexis Du­cord Com­piled by Michael Mal­lory

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