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"Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed": A Self-Contained Improvement

"Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" is the 2004 sequel to the 2002 live-action film. It still has its flaws, but it's not as terrible as before. The rest of the movie is a marginal improvement with an enduring mystery, sticking closer to the source material. There are some legit humorous moments.

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"The One and Only Ivan" Movie Review

Based on the 2013 Newberry Medal-winning children’s book by Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan is the latest original offering from Disney+, and though it may prove a gentle diversion for kids (and parents) as the summer winds down, it has all the staying power of an August breeze...

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"Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made" Movie Review

With 29 million subscribers in its first three months, Disney+ has clearly chiseled itself a nice little chunk of the streaming market. While most subscribers, I’ll warrant, are there for the back catalog of Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, and Pixar flicks, the channel’s original content is quickly...

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Movie Reivew: "The Lion King" (2019)

Simba is the future Lion King of the Pride Lands. He wants to go to the Elephant Graveyard, a place forbidden to him by his father Mufasa. His actions have unexpected consequences for him and his father. Is this live-action adaptation worth your time and money? Let's find out!

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Movie Review: "Home Alone 3"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Home Alone 3" starring Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, and more!

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'The Lion King' (2019) A Ranting Movie Review

1994 was a year that wowed a nation with the now classic animation, 'The Lion King.' Fifteen years later, Disney has added the title to their long line of live-action remakes. Does it pay respect to the original justly or does it pale in comparison? Let's talk about it!

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"Noelle" Movie Review

On one level, I suppose we should all just be thankful (especially during this joyous holiday season) that Disney has graced the world with an actual original movie and not a remake, sequel, reboot, or yet another live-action version of one of their animated classics. And though Noelle—the first...

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'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' Movie Review (2019)

The good and the bad about Detective Pikachu - what should've been done vs what was done.

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'The Lion King' (2019): Non-Spoiler Review

I give you a non-spoiler review of the highly anticipated live action remake of the Disney classic!

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'Pokémon Detective Pikachu': Movie Review

Can Ryan Reynolds still be funny is a children's movie?

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Movie Review: “The Lion King”

This is a non-spoiler review of “The Lion King” starring Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more!

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"The Lion King (2019)" Movie Review

There was once a time that Disney was widely regarded as a paragon of ingenuity and creativity. Chief among the surest things in Hollywood were the latest Disney film’s fantastic animation, super-memorable characters, and brilliant story. And starting with 1989’s The Little Mermaid, the ...

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'The Lion King' (2019) Review

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

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Tim Burton's 'Dumbo' (2019) Movie Review

It's Tim Burton. It's Dumbo. Should be solid, right?

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'Aladdin' (2019) A Whole New Movie Review

Aladdin is back and more three dimensional than ever!

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Movie Review: “Aladdin”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Aladdin” starring Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, and more!

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'Aladdin' (2019) Review

Young Aladdin embarks on a magical adventure after finding a lamp that releases a wisecracking genie.

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"Aladdin (2019)" Movie Review

In the current climate of living green and sustainability, it’s at least somewhat comforting that Disney has taken the concept of recycling and run with it. And though I’m not sure this is the kind of recycling environmentalists have in mind, the Mouse House can at least earn partial credit, right?

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Aladdin (2019) Movie Review

Outstanding and beautifully magical, Guy Ritchie's take on Disney's Aladdin is nothing short of respectful fun, even with it's few issues. I give the film a 3 out of 4.

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'Dumbo' Is Tim Burton's Best Film in 25 Years

No joke — the latest Disney live-action remake is a total delight from start to finish.

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Movie Review: “Dumbo”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Dumbo” starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, and more!

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"Dumbo (2019)" Movie Review

At one point in Dumbo—Disney’s ill-advised live-action remake of its own 1941 classic—a potential circus investor turns to a colleague and exclaims, “Wow, what a disaster!” As tempting as it is to end this review right there, I’ll soldier on. Going into Dumbo, as you see Tim Burton’s name on the ...

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A Dog's Way Home Movie Review

Simple and full of heart, A Dog's Way Home makes your tear ducts flow and causes you to race home as quick as you can to give your pup a big hug. I give the film a 4 out of 4.

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"Mary Poppins Returns" Movie Review

It’s been a long 54 years since Julie Andrews floated down from the clouds as Mary Poppins (LBJ was president, The Beatles were singing “A Hard Day’s Night”, milk was under a buck, etc.), which begs the question, “Do we really need to return to Cherry Tree Lane?” Unsurprisingly, Disney thinks...

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Should I Watch..? 'Herbie Goes Bananas'

The fourth Herbie film signalled the tragic demise of a much-loved series with Disney's magical VW appearing in a movie that was total BS. Benjamin Cox pulls over to investigate.

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'Another Visit to 17 Cherry Tree Lane': Mary Poppins Returns Review

A new movie musical from Disney and the works of P. L, Travers.

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Should I Watch..? 'Miracle On 34th Street' (1994)

Having recently watched the original version, how does this updated Nineties version compare? Benjamin Cox doubles down to examine a well-intentioned but uninspired remake.

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'Mary Poppins Returns' (2018) Movie Review

It's been a couple decades since Mary Poppins originally looked after the Banks children. Now that they've grown and Michael has children of his own, Poppins is back to help the Banks family through their current struggles in life with magic and proper care.

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The Grinch - A Christmas Character Analysis

The story of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' is a cherished holiday tale known worldwide. The reason being, in my opinion, is that there is so much we can relate with Grinch when the stressful holiday season comes around. In this article, I take a look at the Grinch and his personality.

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Things That Bug Me About 'The Santa Clause' (1994)

Being an adult sucks because your favorite movies stop making sense.

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Ron Howard's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Is the Best "Grinch" Film

Ron Howard's version is officially my favorite "Grinch." There. I said it.

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Movie Review: “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

This is a non-spoiler review of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, and more!

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"The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" Movie Review

If there ever was a no-brainer in the history of cinema, it would be a Disney-fied version of The Nutcracker at the outset of the holiday season, with ballet goddess Misty Copeland appearing alongside Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, and Morgan Freeman. There’s no way the folks at Disney could mess...

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Movie Review: “The House with a Clock in its Walls”

This is a non-spoiler review of “The House with a Clock in its Walls” starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, and more!

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Movie Review: “Christopher Robin”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Christopher Robin” starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Jim Cummings, and more!

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"Christopher Robin" Movie Review

As Disney has proven time and again, if you run out of ideas for movies, all you need to do is dust off an old animated classic and re-do it as a live-action film, and—presto!—you’re off and running. Fortunately this not-so-startling lack of originality has paid off for the most part, giving us ...

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella With Brandy Is a Timeless American Classic

1997's Cinderella with Brandy is a classic all Americans can love.

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Mary Poppins Was Totally a Sorceress

But no one seemed to notice.

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'The Neverending Story' Is Full of Hope, Not Sadness

Am I the only person who wasn't "depressed" by this film as a child?

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Should I Watch..? 'Herbie Rides Again'

Disney's anthropomorphic VW Beetle returned to cinemas after a bit of a break in another family-friendly effort. But Benjamin Cox wonders if the ride is worth it or is it just scrap?

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Film Review: 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' (2005)

Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts, and the year where everything changes...

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Film Review: 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' (2004)

Harry has come a long way, but his struggles are far from over.

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Should I Watch..? 'Hook'

Spielberg's divisive take on the Peter Pan tale is a triumph of production but maybe not of narrative. Benjamin Cox thought panto season had long finished...

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Film Review: 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'

A review of David Yates' 2007 fantasy film.

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"A Wrinkle in Time" Movie Review

The last time Ava DuVernay was behind the lens of a feature film, she earned a Best Picture nomination for 2014’s Selma. After that, she directed the famous trio of Apple ads (starring Mary J. ...

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Film Review: 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (2002)

Warning! Not a movie for people with arachnophobia or ophidiophobia.

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Film Review: Mary Poppins

A review of Robert Stevenson's 1964 fantasy film.

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Ambiguous Plot Choices: Which Way Was Jack’s Compass Pointing?

I explain how ambiguous movie endings can create interesting ideas about plot and character development using the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

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Film Review: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

A review of Steven Spielberg's 1982 science-fiction fantasy film.

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Film Review: 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' (2001)

A look at the first film in a very successful series. All these years later, how well does it hold up?