Review: “Soul”

What is your purpose? What is the meaning of life? What do you do when you haven’t gotten all you want to out of your life? Those are some of the big questions posed in Disney Pixar’s “Soul.” The animation studio’s latest film is made for adults more than any of its previous work, and […]

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Streaming Movies: December, Part 1

Wow, what a busy month! Despite widespread theater closures and release date delays, awards season and the holiday movie season are both definitely in full swing. I’m presenting some mini reviews of some of the new movies that have been released on streaming services this month so far, including potential awards contenders “Mank” and “Sound […]

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Review: “Mulan” (2020)

Warning: this review contains spoilers for “Mulan.” I will never forget watching the animated Disney movie “Mulan” in the theater when it was first released in 1998, and the sense of elation I felt walking out of the auditorium, the Stevie Wonder/98 Degrees tune “True to Your Heart” blaring over the end credits.  It’s still […]

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Review: “The Lion King” (2019)

2 out of 5 stars. It only takes a few minutes to realize that something with “The Lion King”—a remake of the 1994 Disney animated classic directed by Jon Favreau—is vastly wrong.  The new movie utilizes cutting edge technology to create photorealistic animal characters, and as beautiful as they look, they serve as a masterclass […]

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Review: “Aladdin” (2019)

3.5 out of 5 stars. “A Whole New World,” the duet between Aladdin and Princess Jasmine is one of many favorite music numbers that appear in “Aladdin,” the new live-action remake of the animated Disney classic of the same name.  It isn’t a great descriptor for the film itself, which in many aspects is inferior […]

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Review: “Dumbo” (2019)

2.5 out of 5 stars. Out of all the Disney films, the story of “Dumbo” has the most room to grow.  The 1941 animated classic clocks in at only 64 minutes long, and is the simple story of a baby circus elephant ridiculed for his large ears—which he had actually use to fly.  The loving […]

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Review: “Mary Poppins Returns”

3.5 out of 5 stars. Walt Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins” is hugely beloved and widely regarded as the studio’s greatest live-action movie.  So despite the fact that author P.L. Travers wrote multiple stories about the magical nanny, it’s still a tall order for Disney to make a sequel to the classic film over 50 […]

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Review: “Christopher Robin”

3 out of 5 stars. Many of us have likely grown up on “Winnie the Pooh,” whether in the original stories by A.A. Milne or, more likely, the Disney animated films.  There’s something wonderfully old-fashioned about them, a trait that the Walt Disney Studios and director Marc Forester combine with a heavy dose of reality […]

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