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Now showing in Taos: ‘Toy Story 4’

Latest entry in the Disney-Pixar computer animated series is one of their best

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 6/23/19

Right up front I have to say "Toy Story 4" is one of the best movies out there right now. Sweet, endearing and, yes, even wholesome ...

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Now showing in Taos: ‘Toy Story 4’

Latest entry in the Disney-Pixar computer animated series is one of their best

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Right up front I have to say "Toy Story 4" is one of the best movies out there right now. Sweet, endearing and, yes, even wholesome, it's the kind of movie that will stay with you long after you've left the theater.

While no doubt entertaining for kids, the Disney-Pixar folks behind it have also found a way to make a computer animated movie significant for adults who may discover a few surprises for themselves. For one, a lot of folks grew up with them. For me, as each came out, it became part of our family's movie experience to see what was next for our little friends Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Bo Peep (Annie Potts), and the rest. Along the way, their directors inserted a poignancy that was built into the way this universe operated. 

In the "Toy Story" world, the toys literally have lives of their own that emerged as soon as humans left them alone. They move around independently, spoke of fears and triumphs, and help each other whenever they are in danger of being lost or separated from the group. They also live by certain rules, the most important of which is: A toy's most noble purpose is to be loved by a child.

This, of course, is constantly tested, not the least of which by the simple march of time. Kids grow up, their interests evolve and eventually they move on, leaving their toys to sit untouched in a box in a closet waiting for a new kid to hopefully notice them, take them out and play with them. This is the saddest part of the larger toy story, partly because most of them, Woody especially, are hopelessly hopeful. Those that aren't most often become cynical and therefore lost.

Which brings to the latest entry. This movie opens with a neat little montage that shows how the toy's favorite kid, Andy, grew up and passed his playthings on to a new kid named Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw). But, now Bonnie is about to start preschool, which sets up another wave of separation anxiety for the toys, made worse by the loss of Bo Peep (Annie Potts). In a tear-jerking moment before she is taken away, she explains to Woody who is trying to rescue her and her sheep that this is part of what it means to be a toy.

This is an important point and one that serves as a touchstone for the theme running through all these films: How is it that these toys are alive? And, what is the meaning of their existence?

Of course, those are things designed to fly past the little heads watching these movies, but I think parents might be surprised by what sticks with them. This is further cemented by what happens to poor Bonnie who is overwhelmed by her first preschool session. Woody, who has snuck into her backpack, tries to help her in art class by finding some items in the trash with which she can use to make something. What she makes from a plastic spork, a pipe cleaner and popsicle sticks is a little doll she calls Forky (Tony Hale). To Woody’s surprise, Forky comes alive when he is put into Bonnie’s backpack.

But, Forky has a hard time recognizing that he is now a toy. He still thinks he is trash.

All of that is a preamble to what happens when the toys are collected by Bonnie to accompany her on an RV road trip with her folks.

Be sure to bring some hankies for an emotional ending that might have kids wondering why their folks are tearing up during a children’s movie.

This movie, directed by Josh Cooley, co-stars the voice talents of Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Jay Hernandez, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, and Keanu Reeves as “Duke Caboom.”

Tempo grade: A

“Toy Story 4” is rated G for all audiences.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

Also showing in Taos

Child’s Play

MPAA rating: R for bloody horror violence, and language throughout.

Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres

After moving to a new city, young Andy Barclay (Gabriel Bateman) receives a special present from his mother, Karen (Aubrey Plaza) — a seemingly innocent Buddi doll that becomes his best friend.

When the doll suddenly takes on a life of its own, Andy unites with other neighborhood children to stop the sinister toy from wreaking bloody havoc.

Directed by Lars Klevberg, this horror film reprise co-stars Mark Hamill as the voice of Chuckie, along with Tim Matheson, Brian Tyree Henry, and David Lewis. Incidentally, according to imdb.com, no original cast or production members worked on this film.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

Red Joan

MPAA rating: R for brief sexuality/ nudity.

Taos Community Auditorium

English born Joan Stanley (Judi Dench), a Soviet and communist party sympathizer, becomes employed as a British government civil servant, and gets recruited by the KGB in the mid 1930s. She successfully transfers nuclear bomb secrets to the Soviet Union (Russia), which enables them to keep up with the west in the development of atomic weapons, and remains undetected as a spy for over a half a century.

Film directed by Trevor Nunn co-stars Sophie Cookson as the young Joan.

This film will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday (June 23) and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (June 24-26) at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.

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