One of Disney's best movies and a soulful father-son drama are the best of a busy Thanksgiving weekend at the multiplex.
"Frozen" is Disney's latest animated feature, and it's a beautiful mix of new technology and old-school Disney storytelling. It's a full-on fairy-tale musical, with two princesses one (voiced by Idina Menzel) with powers of making ice and snow, the other (voiced by Kristen Bell) trying to rebuild their sisterly bond after years of separation. The animated ice effects are gorgeous, the songs (by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) are moving, and the story is well-paced and heartwarming.
Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" is a simple story of an addled father, Woody (Bruce Dern), and his put-upon son, David (Will Forte), who take a road-trip from Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb., to pursue a sweepstakes prize that the father is sure he won. Payne tells the movie with stark black-and-white photography that matches the unvarnished emotions in this troubled father-son relationship. Dern and Forte are excellent, as is June Squibb as Woody's blunt-talking wife.