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Film Review: “Frozen II” Loses Some Magic, but Still Occasionally Enchants

Frozen II (Chris Buck/Jennifer Lee, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. Belting out showtunes with never-ending gusto, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell are back, in Frozen II, as sisters Elsa and Anna, freshly reconciled at the end of the previous … Continue reading

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Film Review: Maleficent Boasts More Confidence in her Messy but Engaging Sequel, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Joachim Rønning, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. With Disney Studios shoulders deep in the onslaught of their live-action remakes, I found the announcement of their planned sequels not the least bit surprising. These remakes, or reimaginings … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Lion King” Roars with Shiny New Technology, Meows Through Same Old Story

The Lion King (Jon Favreau, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. A marvelous demonstration of the wonders of 21st-century computer-generated imagery (or CGI), Disney’s latest poaching from its own story vault is beautiful to behold, the wonders of modern animation … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Stuber” is a Ride You Can Miss 

Stuber (Michael Dowse) 1 out of 4 stars. It turns out that some movies are only as good as their name. Take a look at this one, and you’ll know everything you need to know about the movie behind it. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Disneynature’s “Penguins” Barely Waddles Along

Penguins (Alastair Fothergill/Jeff Wilson, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. Who doesn’t love penguins? It’s a question I had on my mind as I watched Disneynature’s latest venture into the animal kingdom that I could guess film distributors had asked … Continue reading

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Film Review: The All Too Familiar Magic of “Mary Poppins Returns” in Full Effect

Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Rob Marshall, Academy Award nominee and director of Chicago, takes audiences back to Disney’s enchanting and atmospheric envision of London, England, in Mary Poppins Returns. Two decades after Mary Poppins … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Enjoyable “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Princesses Rule

Ralph Breaks the Internet (Phil Johnston/Rich Moore, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Back in 2012, Walt Disney Studios gave us Wreck-It Ralph, a pleasant diversion of a nostalgia trip to the world of 1980s arcade games. Its main character, the … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Half-Cooked Premise and Under-Utilized Actors Plague Disney’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Lasse Hallstrom/Joe Johnston 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. After countless interpretations and annual stage productions, Disney haphazardly dropkicks the iconic Nutcracker ballet into the high fantasy genre. What emerges is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Winnie the Pooh Can’t Quite Save a Dreary “Christopher Robin”

Christopher Robin (Marc Forster, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Just last October (2017), we saw the release of director Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin, an affecting – if largely fabricated – biopic about the real-life boy at the center of author A.A. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Coco” Mixes Disney and Pixar in a Mostly Delightful Mix

Coco (Lee Unkrich/Adrian Molina, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. If, like me, you have an allergic reaction to maudlin sentimentality, be forewarned: Coco may raise your hackles at first. Wait it out, and you will find that there is … Continue reading

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