The Secret Garden (2020)

SYNOPSIS: When Mary Lennox’s parents suddenly die, she is sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven, on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. While exploring, she discovers a hidden magical garden.


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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The Farewell

This “true story based on an actual lie” is a lovely, very personal film written and directed by Chinese-American Lulu Wang. Based on an incident involving her own grandmother, Wang centers the story around a young woman named Billi, played by the fabulously talented Awkwafina (who absolutely stole all her scenes in the hit Crazy …

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A Wrinkle in Time

Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a glum tween with every reason to be distant from her classmates: Her beloved physicist dad (Chris Pine) disappeared four years ago. Dad and mom (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), brilliant scientists, seemed to have discovered a way to travel across the universe in an instant. They say that time can fold itself, …

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Chicken Run

I’m a huge fan of the Wallace and Gromit clay-animated short films from Nick Park and Aardman Animation, so I, like many so-called adults I know, was really looking forward to Chicken Run. And to tell you the truth, I think the adults in the full theater where I saw the film were enjoying it …

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