Fairy tales

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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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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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. Orphan Peter has been snatched from the orphanage by pirates and brought to Neverland, which strangely looks like the mines of Mad …

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Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack (Nicholas Hoult) is a sweet farmboy (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 they were just stories, right? Real life proves to be much more boring. That is until he accidentally comes across some magical …

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