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  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…
There is not really any reason why Snow White and the Huntsman needed a sequel. It did well at the box office, but wasn't a HUGE hit, and it is mostly remembered for the off-camera hanky panky between…
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 Jame…

Pan

After a pretty spectacular start, with a three-master pirate schooner literally sailing through the air in the midst of a WWII London blitz (cool!), I was giving this movie the benefit of the doubt. O…
Wild Flowers is based on seven stories, but the first one is over within five minutes of the beginning. A woman dies in a thunderstorm and is buried. Her small children, with their prayers at her grav…
Based on the 1987 Tony-nominated Broadway musical of the same name, Into the Woods shows what could happen if you threw a bunch of fairy tale characters together in the same story and watched as their…
Jack (Nicholas Hoult) is a sweet farm boy (farm teen?) who yearns for adventure. He grew up listening to tales of giants coming down from their kingdom "between heaven and earth" to battle humans, but…
Perhaps director Sam Raimi’s biggest obstacle in this epic prequel to The Wizard of Oz is his choice of leading man. As Oscar “Oz” Diggs, a magician-slash-con man working in a traveling circus, James …
The film, which blends live action and heaps of CGI, finds a 19-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returning to Wonderland – a place she’d grown to believe was just a dream – and reconnecting with its wa…
Watching the 1966 BBC production of Alice In Wonderland is not so much an exercise in entertainment as it is an adventure in literary and film history.  Ostensibly, it’s not clear why we’d want to rev…
Sprawling in scope and Tolkiensian in execution, Snow… takes the classic fairy tale and turns it into a grittier, darker story about the titular tomboyish princess (a miscast Kristen Stewart, who can’…
The town of Storybrooke, Maine is like any town. People have real jobs, do everyday things, and have pretty boring lives. But a little boy named Henry (Jared Gilmore), who is the adopted son of Regina…
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