The Lion King: A Beloved Disney Animated Classic

With a photo-realistic adaptation on the way, beloved Disney animated classic The Lion King celebrated 25 years last month. Once upon a time, filmmakers John Musker and Ron Clements passed on doing The Lion King.  Their loss is Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s gain.  While the duo went on to give us Aladdin, they felt that nobody wanted to see a movie about lions in the jungle.  How did this work out?  Not only would…

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Red Sparrow: Jennifer Lawrence’s effort isn’t enough

Red Sparrow may be a thriller but despite Jennifer Lawrence’s best effort, the film isn’t quite at the same level as the espionage thrillers that have come before.  What’s truly a disappointment is how the film uses rape as a plot device. Directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay written by Justin Haythe, the film is based on the book of the same name by veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews.  The three-time Hunger Games director reunites…

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