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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NewFest 2020: Ammonite

Ammonite seeks to tell the story of paleontologist Mary Anning but there’s more here than meets the eye when it comes to actual truth. When we first meet Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) in the 1840s, the paleontologist already has her best days behind her.  The Lyme Regis resident now resorts to hunting fossils and hoping that wealthy tourists will buy them.  This is really the only way that she can support both herself and her…

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Blackbird Mixes Drama With Humor

A family spends one final weekend together at their Connecticut beach house in Blackbird before saying goodbye to a loved one. It’s never easy to say goodbye to family members when you know they are dying.  You don’t know if the next time you’ll see them is going to be the last.  This isn’t the case in Blackbird because everyone knows this will be the last time they see Lily (Susan Sarandon).  Paul (Sam Neill)…

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Collateral Beauty: It’s a Yawner

The last few years have not been kind to Will Smith and Collateral Beauty proves to be no exception. To be honest, this movie kept putting me to sleep repeatedly while I viewed it last night. If you want to see a movie that deals with loss and grief, please go watch Manchester by the Sea instead. David Frankel directs from a screenplay by Allan Loeb. The star-studded cast includes Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley,…

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