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The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot To Remember
Becky Cline and Steven Clark prove there is a lot to remember about the Walt Disney Studios, and all of it worthy of discovering or revisiting in this lavish new book.
The Jungle Book
A terrific audio-visual presentation, commentary and documentary bolster this disc debut for Disney’s triumphant re-do, though it feels more might come in a promised 3D edition.
Raiders! The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
A terrific extras package makes up for a slight lack of focus in the main feature itself, which tells of a bunch of kids remaking Indy’s first screen adventure.
April And The Extraordinary World
GKids gives us yet another slick international feature, this time an exciting steampunk adventure that utilizes the conceptual skills of cartoonist Jacques Tardi.
Kubo and the Two Strings
A beautiful looking film with a unique plot, some surprising turns, bold choices, and an emotional core, Kubo and the Two Strings is magical storytelling.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Kingsglaive boasts the most impressive, photo realistic animation to date. But the narrative doesn’t live up to the storytelling standards of the video game franchise it is based in.
DC Superhero Girls: Hero of the Year
Cute, spunky, and light on its feet, DC Superhero Girls: Hero of the Year should be super fun for its target audience.
Sausage Party is irreverent, pornographic, sacrilegious, bigoted… and pretty funny! The story is weak but if raunchy humor and seeing touchy topics get ridiculed is something you’re hungry for, then this film will hit the spot!
Ice Age: Collision Course
It may be a stale pun to make but it’s still funnier than almost everything in Ice Age: Collision Course: hopefully this franchise is now extinct.
A young woman from Tokyo reflects back to her life at age ten, leading to a re-evaluation of who she is now. The final theatrical Studio Ghibli film to make it to disc in North America is now here.
The Secret Life of Pets
Secret Life barely checks the boxes for what it needs to do and never excels at any of them. A young studio like Illumination should aspire to more; hopefully they’ll learn some new tricks before they get too set in their ways.
Not for everyone, and certainly not for kids, Anomalisa reminds us that animation is a medium, not a genre, and can be used to tell all kinds of stories, from the fantastical to the mundane…in a fantastical fashion.
The Force isn’t too strong with this peek behind the masks of a bunch of Star Wars actors and bit-parters that’s as down to earth as its personalities and lacking a true spark of real content over curiosity.
Finding Dory, like most Pixar films whether original or sequels, is unforgettable and should have animation fans hooked and craving more.
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Spectacular visuals and a wonderful performance from Sasha Baron Cohen make this a Trip Through the Looking Glass worth taking.
The Angry Birds Movie
Angry Birds does a good job of taking the video game and creating a new, fuller world, giving the lifeless characters personalities. But they don’t sustain it and by the end all we get is a bonus level of the old game.
Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War is fun, exciting, and a compelling drama, making it arguably one of best superhero films to date.
Ratchet & Clank
Video game movies may be the next big thing in Hollywood, but Ratchet & Clank is an inauspicious start. This will be a trend that will soon run out of lives if the studios don’t figure out a winning strategy.
The Loud House
The Loud House is a surprisingly nice little series that looks good. But the premise of a boy with ten sisters could end up being a burden if not tinkered with carefully.
The Jungle Book
It may be a remake of the animated classic, but this live-action version of The Jungle Book is a wonderful film that will leave audiences both young and old in awe of the visual feast it presents.
X-Men ’92 Vol. 0: Warzones!
X-Men ’92 is a faithful continuation of the Fox animated series. But its chaotic narrative will leave all readers quite bewildered.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Holy letdown! The cast is great and the action is cool, but Dawn of Justice is bat-frustrating and not quite super enough.
After 25 years, the beautiful and dramatic Only Yesterday finally gets a well-deserved English dub and North American release.
Open Season: Scared Silly
Despite some laughs, Open Season: Scared Silly lacks the oddball charm–and heart–that made the original so much fun.
Zootopia earns a savage review as it spends too much time trying (and failing) to get its message right at the expense of making an enjoyable story.
The Good Dinosaur
Pixar’s latest makes a quick transfer to home video, where its simple pleasures will be enjoyed by a younger than usual audience for the Studio’s films, even if parents may wonder why the originality is extinct.
Batman: Bad Blood
Following Batman’s disappearance, Dick Grayson dons the cowl of the Bat, and is joined by more members of an expanding Bat-family.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs: Walt Disney Signature Collection
Disney’s first feature is back on Blu-ray in a decent, maybe even solid but certainly not spectacular edition that repeats as many extras as it drops more significant ones.
World of Tomorrow
A fascinating short film about life that is both simple and complex.
Kung Fu Panda 3
The martial arts trilogy has a satisfying conclusion, warm, funny, and with a heart as big as its panda hero’s tummy.