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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Saving Mr. Banks Goes Behind The Scenes

Inspired by true events, Saving Mr. Banks is a film that takes us behind the scenes of how Mary Poppins came to the big screen. The art of filmmaking is a painstaking process.  This is something I’ve learned not just through watching bonus features but reading biographies about classic Hollywood.  On paper, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the film.  It’s only when you dig deeper into the actual story where the film has its faults. …

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Hamilton: Award-Winning Musical Hits Disney+

The award-winning stage musical, Hamilton, about the Founding Father hits Disney+ on Friday just in time for the Independence Day holiday weekend. “I am not throwing away my shot!”  “No one else was in the room where it happened.”  “Talk less, smile more.” Unless you’ve been living in cave during the past several years, you’re probably familiar with Lin-Manuel Miranda.  If In the Heights didn’t make him a household name, Hamilton certainly did.  This is…

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The Country Bears Still Rock in 2020

The Country Bears is an underappreciated Disney film but this old-school film still rocks it nearly eighteen years after its theatrical release. Much like The Blues Brothers, this is a film that requires a fundraiser.  In this particular instance, the fundraiser is a concert to save Country Bear Hall.  Taking a cue from the 1980 musical comedy, the band isn’t together and needs to be reunited.  This is where Beary Barrington (Haley Joel Osment) comes…

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Artemis Fowl Tries To Do Too Much In 94 Minutes

The problem with Artemis Fowl is the same problem that plagued Green Lantern in that the film tries to do way too much during its run time. There are films that deserve the ire of Green Lantern and Independence Day 2. Hell, for all the problems with Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl deals with too much mythology to bring the books justice.  Disney was right to send this film to the vault that is Disney+.  I’m…

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Taika Waititi to direct new Star Wars film

It was just announced this morning that Oscar winner Taika Waititi will be directing and co-writing a new Star Wars film to be released in theaters. The news happens to come on May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day.  With production shut down across the board in the industry, it’ll be some time before either film or television series gets released.  There’s been no word of late about Rian Johnson’s planned Star Wars trilogy.…

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