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Onward

Onward’s backdrop is the idea that magic, which once saturated the world with wonder and spectacle, has been siphoned away over the centuries by technology and, well, general apathy. Unicorns are the new feral cats, centaurs take cars instead of galloping across town, and sprites have traded in whimsy to become perpetually peeved pint-sized biker …

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Spies in Disguise

To backtrack: Lance is considered the world’s greatest spy. He can extricate himself from any situation with skill, finesse and borderline-superhuman athleticism, and he’s revered by his colleagues at the C.I.A. At the other end of the spectrum is Walter Beckett (voiced by Spider-Man’s Tom Holland), a sweet and brilliant – if geeky – young …

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Frozen II

Full disclosure: I thought the original Frozen was just okay. I saw it on DVD back in 2014 – after having heard the endless hype for months – and, frankly, was underwhelmed. Sure, the movie was cute, but I didn’t get the fuss, and subsequently watched as the story of two sister princesses blew up …

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Early Man

Let me start out by saying that I don’t think any film, long or short, has made me laugh harder than Aardman Animation’s Wallace and Gromit in the Wrong Trousers, their Oscar-winning short featuring a sinister penguin. My friends thought I swallowed my tongue, I was laughing so hard, and they pounded me on the …

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Despicable Me 3

This time around, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) finds himself on the outs with the Anti-Villain League (AVL) and its hard-nosed new boss (voiced by Jenny Slate), who fires him after he fails to thwart former-bad-boy-child-star-turned-disgruntled-grownup-villain Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker). Bratt, perpetually stuck in the 1980s, clinging to the fame he had a …

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