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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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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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The Little Mermaid

  SPECIAL FEATURES In an interesting new twist to the Disney’s oft-rereleased video packaging, this latest version of The Little Mermaid (the 30th Anniversary Signature Collection Edition) indeed offers all the previous extras and more… but digitally. With consumers moving away from physical media, it is a savvy move to sell a sleeker version of …

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Life, Animated

When recounting how his vivacious, chatty toddler suddenly changed, father Ron Suskind remembers, “All of a sudden, at 3 years old, Owen vanishes. The doctor says, ‘Let me explain what autism is…’” It is a parent’s worst nightmare, finding out that your child is disabled, and grappling with the knowledge that your kid may never …

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Cinderella (2015)

One of the nicest things about the Cinderella reboot is that it offers more back-story around every aspect of the plot. We meet Cinderella (actually named Ella, and played by Downton Abbey‘s Lily James) as the cherished only child of two loving parents. Her early life is gentle and idyllic, with the greatest hardship being …

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Inside Out

When her idyllic family moves to San Francisco from Minnesota, 12-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is put into a bit of a spin. What may appear to everyone else as a bit of homesickness combined with lashing out, turns out to be a result of the voice, errr… the emotions inside her head. Sitting at a …

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A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

Apparently there is a whole genre of Cinderella-with-a-twist films out there. Looking at the producer’s of this film’s credits, for instance, shows involvement with A Cinderella Story, Another Cinderella Story, and now A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song. Who knew? Not me! Apparently I’ve been too busy watching the plethora of straight-to-video talking-dogs-with-lips movies. …

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