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7. "Up" (Pete Docter, 2009)
Pixar’s 10th feature was a profound milestone of maturation for the company (which didn't exactly need to do any growing up as it was). "Up" is as engaging as any other film here, perhaps funnier than the rest and a hell of a ride. But what keeps it from the highest tier is, similar to "The Incredibles," a buried subtext that becomes suffocated by the admittedly rapturous goings-on of the plot. A somewhat questionable villain doesn’t help matters. Nevertheless, in many ways, the film is able to overcome these pitfalls with a wildly inventive yarn and a humorous cast of characters, not to mention a prologue that puts all of it in an emotionally satisfying context