Black Beauty: Disney Finally Makes Their Film

The new live-action adaptation of Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty arrives on Disney+ over fifty years after the studio released a LP adaptation. Disney finally did it.  Until this year, the studio was never successful in making either an animated or live-action film.  From what I can tell, this is the sixth adaption–the first since Alan Cumming voiced the horse in 1994.  Unlike previous adaptations, Ashley Avis puts a contemporary twist on her take.  Her take…

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Disney+: What’s New in December

A few days ago, Disney announced the films, television series, and specials that are coming to Disney+ in the month of December. In addition to the Disney+ exclusives, the streamer is the home for movies and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic.  What follows below are original films, new episodes, and new library titles heading to Disney+ in December.  It goes without saying that library title availability varies by region and subject…

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LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special: On Brand For 2020

The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special is one of the perfect ways to help close out 2020 and the year would not have it in any other way. When it comes to the LEGO Star Wars universe, they have a fun way of mixing in humor with the seriousness of the saga.  This special is no different.  While it does take place following The Rise of Skywalker, it has some fun with the timeline.  Call…

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Blockbuster Tentpoles: The Streaming Conundrum

When it comes to blockbuster tentpoles, the studios are less likely to unload onto a streamer so as to preserve the theatrical experience. I can’t blame studios and filmmakers for wanting to preserve the theatrical experience.  Listen, I miss going to theaters myself but at the advice of medical experts, it’s just not going to be feasible without a vaccine.  I’ll be staying home until it’s truly safe to return.  Theaters are hurting and there’s…

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Disney+: What’s Coming in November

Earlier this month, Disney announced the films and television series that are coming to Disney+ in the month of November. In addition to the Disney+ exclusives, the streamer is the home for movies and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic.  What follows below are original films, new episodes, and new library titles heading to Disney+ in November.  It goes without saying that library title availability varies by region and subject to change. …

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Zootopia: Oscar Winner Remains A Classic

Disney’s Oscar-winning Zootopia remains a classic over four years following its theatrical release and holds up in viewing on Disney+. In Zootopia, you can be anything you want to be.  Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) moves from Bunnyburrow for the chance at becoming a police officer.  Even though she’s the best in her class, the Zootopia Police Department assigns her traffic cop duties.  It’s not the most glamorous position for the first rabbit ever in the ZPD…

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Secret Society of Second-Born Royals Is Fun

Disney looks to launch a new X-Men-esque franchise set in the world of royalty by way of Secret Society of Second-Born Royals. What does it mean to be a second-born royal?  For one, it means never acquiring the throne barring a death of an older sibling.  Will this mean acting out in life?  Sam (Peyton Elizabeth Lee), a princess of Illyria, isn’t exactly the perfect princess.  She’s a rebel and against the monarchy so to…

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Mulan: Big Screen Film Ends Up On Disney+

In a perfect world, Mulan would be playing on the big screen across the globe but Disney decided to launch the film on Disney+ rather than delay. I get it.  This is a film that deserves to be seen on the big screen.  Hollywood doesn’t put out many films with an Asian-led cast.  When they do, they’re sure to be hits.  Without theaters running at full capacity, Disney had a decision to make from a…

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The One and Only Ivan is Heartwarming

The One and Only Ivan is another heartwarming picture from The Walt Disney Studios and it is sure to be a solid winner for Disney+. By my count, this film marks the third of four films from Disney to skip theatrical release.  Given the pandemic, the studio is taking advantage of having Disney+ at their disposal.  At the same time, you also can’t help but feel bad for the theaters because it means a lesser…

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Bridge of Spies: The Height of the Cold War

Bridge of Spies reteams director Steven Spielberg with two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks to bring us a thriller set during the height of the Cold War. A Cold War setting usually screams thriller.  However, this film is a mix of thrills and drama in one epic.  And this is in spite of the CIA’s involvement in rescuing pilot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell).  Everything leads up to the exchange on Berlin’s historic Glienicke Bridge.  This…

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