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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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Finding Dory

Back when I watched Finding Nemo for the first time, I was totally charmed by the film… but it was the blue tang that actually made me cry. Ellen DeGeneres was at a lull in her career right after she came out, and media flapped its fins awhile, unsure what to do with a girl …

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Up

Filled with spectacular art direction and ever-clever writing, Up tells the story of elderly balloon vendor Walter Fredricksen (voiced by Ed Asner), who decides to fulfill a life-long promise to his late wife, Ellie, by embarking on the adventure they never managed to take together. (In a dialogue-free sequence that I can only describe as …

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Brave

Here’s one of my favorite things about this grrrrl-power, action-comedy from Pixar: I honestly had no idea what it was about when I sat down to watch. The filmmakers, voice actors and studio have done an excellent job keeping plot details tightly under wraps, so all I knew going in was that it was movie …

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