Now showing in Taos: ‘Frozen II’

Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) disarms Olaf (Josh Gad) in a scene from 'Frozen II.' Walt Disney Studios

Lightning rarely strikes twice in animated movies, and now with the “Disney Princess Movie” imprint to uphold, the motive to electrify audiences for the new “Frozen II” movie is even more imperative. However, the suits in the front office can pretty much relax because this picture looks to do quite well.

Not surprisingly, “Frozen II” has all the earmarks of a successful endeavor, and interestingly the high level of 3D technology used to render the imagery has become almost unobtrusive.

The characters now can be seen as actors and not the herky-jerky cartoon figures of old. I say "almost" with reservation because rendering these kinds of big-eyed "actors" appears to be a lot easier than attempts to replicate actual humans, even with all the slavish detail to digitally rendering hair and various textures.

As the first movie, this was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Snow Queen,” though don’t look for too many details because Disney wants this to appeal to today’s youth market and so certain manners of speech and modern attitudes and customs are the rule.

It opens with a flashback that helps set the stage for what is to come. In it, King Agnarr of Arendelle (voiced by Alfred Molina) tells a bedtime story to his young daughters Elsa and Anna (voiced as children by Mattea Conforti and Hadley Gannaway) about how their grandfather, King Runeard (Jeremy Sisto), made a treaty with the people of Northuldra by building a dam in their homeland, the Enchanted Forest. A resulting battle, in which Runeard is killed, sets the spirits of fire, water, earth and air to create a wall of mist within which all is held in an ageless time.

In the present, the adult sisters — now voiced by the inimitable Idina Menzel as Elsa, who is Queen of Arendelle, and Kristen Bell as Princess Anna — celebrate the coming of fall with their perpetual snowman friend Olaf (Josh Gad) and the iceman Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), who is about to ask Anna an important question but just cannot find the right moment or words.

Inevitably, the history outlined in their father’s story emerges as a clear and present danger to all in Arendelle and the Enchanted Forest. Essentially, a wrong might be righted before harmony can be restored. There is drama, adventure and, of course, comedy told in a way that youngsters will probably enjoy, all related with lovely musical exposition thanks to songs by Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and music by Christophe Beck.

This film was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who also directed the first movie. Additional voice cast includes Evan Rachel Wood, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Ciarán Hinds, Alan Tudyk and Rachel Matthews.

Tempo grade: B

“Frozen II” is rated PG for action/peril and some thematic elements.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For showtimes, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit

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21 Bridges

MPAA rating: R for violence and language throughout.

Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theaters

Thrust into a citywide manhunt for a duo of cop killers, NYPD detective Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman) begins to uncover a massive conspiracy that links his fellow police officers to a criminal empire and must decide who he is hunting and who is actually hunting him.

During the manhunt, Manhattan is completely locked down for the first time in its history — no exit or entry to the island including all 21 bridges.

Directed by Brian Kirk, this film's additional cast includes Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons, Taylor Kitsch, Keith David, and Stephan James.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For showtimes, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

MPAA rating: PG for some strong thematic material, a brief fight, and some mild language.

Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theaters

Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor.

Directed by Marielle Heller, this film's additional cast includes Chris Cooper, Enrico Colantoni, Tammy Blanchard and Christine Lahti.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For showtimes, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit

Jojo Rabbit

MPAA rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, violence, and language.

Taos Community Auditorium

Writer-director Taika Waititi brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) whose worldview is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

This film will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 25) and Friday (Nov. 29) at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit

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