Movies of the week: Trumbo and The Good Dinosaur

First and foremost, I hope my readers will enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday and be merciful to their credit cards and checkbooks on Black Friday. McCarthyism and meteors. They are the two subjects of this week’s two feature films that will vie for Oscar consideration. Brian Cranston will portray one of the most infamous figures in Hollywood history as Trumbo will make the jump to wide release this Thanksgiving weekend. Dalton Trumbo was one of the best screenwriters in the business in the 1940s, then he found himself blacklisted when he associated himself with the Communist party, but he never stopped writing. He simply didn’t use his actual name.

What am I expecting to see?: I’m fascinated by Trumbo in terms of the historical appeal of the picture. Also, Brian Cranston looks marvelous in the leading role and the supporting cast including John Goodman, Louis C.K., Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg and Helen Mirren is a very stout collection of performers. Jay Roach and John McNamarra, hopefully, crafted a intriguing motion picture.

Disney and Pixar have already made one Oscar-contending animated feature based on a fascinating concept and now, they could have a second hit on their hands. What if the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs, missed? The Good Dinosaur explores that concept with gorgeous visuals and a heart-arching story.

What am I expecting to see?: Truthfully, Inside Out is the odds-on favorite to win Best Animated Feature, it has been for months, but I’m hoping The Good Dinosaur can give it’s Disney-Pixar counterpart some competition in that department. The animation is striking and beautiful and I think Peter Sohn and Meg LeFauve are up to the challenge to deliver a stunning and compelling animated adventure.

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