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Mary Poppins Returns

  • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
  • Rules ▶ Escapable or can be transformed
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Pete's Dragon (2016)

A remake of the 1977 movie, a musical that combined live-action and animation, this new Pete's Dragon is something else: like Steven Spielberg's already-underrated The BFG, it's a gentle, whimsical tale, focusing on wonder in an age when most kids' movies focus on noise and movement. It begins with one of those car-ride scenes that can only end in a crash, but director David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) handles it well, with discreet cutting. This leaves young Pete stranded in the woods alone, rescued and cared for by a kindly dragon (his big front feet look like soft, cuddly bean-bag chairs). Six years later, Pete (Oakes Fegley) has been raised apart from any humans; one day he spies a forest ranger, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), and becomes curious. Before long, he has been "rescued," but Grace's soon-to-be brother-in-law, a lumber man, Gavin (Karl Urban), has seen the dragon and sets out to capture it. read more...
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    • Optimistic ▶ Yes please
    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
    • Rules ▶ Escapable or can be transformed
    • How Things Happen ▶ By magical, mysterious or delocalized forces
    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
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Pete's Dragon (2016)

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  • With: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford
  • Written by: David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks, based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and on a story by Seton I. Miller, S.S. Field
  • Directed by: David Lowery
  • MPAA Rating: PG for action, peril and brief language
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Release Date: 08/11/2016
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The BFG (2016)

Due to some scheduling conflicts, I came to Steven Spielberg's The BFG a bit late, after it was already on track to become one of the director's biggest flops. I can't understand why; it seems to me that it's one of his gentlest and most beautiful films, less frenetic than Hook, less grueling than E.T. the Extra-terrestrial and less wispy than War Horse. I can only guess that because The BFG comes from a book by the wicked, clever Roald Dahl, viewers have been miffed that Spielberg's movie is soft and touching instead. But I loved it. (Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter of E.T., re-teamed with Spielberg for this one, apparently completing it before her death in November of last year.) read more...
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    • Optimistic ▶ Yes please
    • Production Level ▶ Polished
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The BFG (2016)

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  • With: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Adam Godley, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Jonathan Holmes, Chris Gibbs, Paul Moniz de Sa, Marilyn Norry
  • Written by: Melissa Mathison, based on the book by Roald Dahl
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • MPAA Rating: PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor
  • Running Time: 117 minutes
  • Release Date: 06/30/2016
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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

The new sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass has many of the same good things going for it as its predecessor, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010), but also several more bad things. The good things include the costumes and set design (both of which won Oscars last time around), strange computer and makeup effects that distort Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, and their appealingly silly line readings as the Mad Hatter and the deposed Red Queen Iracebeth. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is also something of an action hero, which puts a small dent in the annual argument that women are not reasonably represented in film. The new movie adds an amusing Sacha Baron Cohen as Time himself (who channels Werner Herzog). read more...
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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

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  • With: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Lindsay Duncan, Leo Bill, Geraldine James, Andrew Scott, Richard Armitage, Ed Speleers, Alan Rickman (voice), Timothy Spall (voice), Paul Whitehouse (voice), Stephen Fry (voice), Barbara Windsor (voice), Michael Sheen (voice), Matt Vogel (voice)
  • Written by: Linda Woolverton, based on books by Lewis Carroll
  • Directed by: James Bobin
  • MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy action/peril and some language
  • Running Time: 113 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/26/2016
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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

Of the slate of new 2020 Christmas movies, David E. Talbert's wonderful Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, a holiday blend of science and magic, towers above them all. Jeronicus Jangle is a brilliant inventor, with a shop full of amazing things, until his apprentice Gustafson steals his latest invention, a sentient doll (voiced by Ricky Martin), as well as his book of inventions. Twenty years later, Gustafson (Keegan-Michael Key) has become a wealthy and famous toymaker, but has used up everything in the Jeronicus's book and has nowhere left to turn. Meanwhile, Jeronicus (Forest Whitaker) has turned his shop into a pawn service, and struggles to come up with just one more great invention. At this time, his clever granddaughter Journey (Madalen Mills) comes to visit, and helps Jeronicus with the one thing that has been missing from his work. The musical numbers are a delight, and the costume designs truly sparkle, especially Journey's hairdo (with little gears embedded in her tufts). Lisa Davina Phillip plays a postal carrier who loves Jeronicus, and Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, and Hugh Bonneville co-star. read more...
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    • Optimistic ▶ Yes please
    • Rules ▶ Escapable or can be transformed
    • Production Level ▶ Polished
    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

99.0% Match

  • With: Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Bonneville, Anika Noni Rose, Madalen Mills, Phylicia Rashad, Ricky Martin, Justin Cornwell, Sharon Rose, Lisa Davina Phillip, Kieron Dyer, Miles Barrow, Diaana Babnicova, Ria Calvin, Kenyah Sandy
  • Written by: David E. Talbert
  • Directed by: David E. Talbert
  • MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic elements and peril
  • Running Time: 122 minutes
  • Release Date: 11/13/2020
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Winnie the Pooh (2011)

At a time when the Disney company was all about canny marketing decisions, their choice to make a hand-drawn Winnie the Pooh that runs only 65 minutes was a bold one. And though it was not promoted well and it did not earn big numbers, it was a gently pleasing surprise for those who saw it. It's based loosely on A.A. Milne's stories, updated slight, but not crudely, for modern times. It has a fresh comic rhythm, dreamy, without being vulgar. (It proudly sported a "G" rating.) The hand-drawn animation is simple, but unfailingly lovely. And the movie perfectly captures the funny, lovely mood of the originals, including the motif of the book itself, with the characters marching across written pages, interacting with letters. The incomparable Jim Cummings provides the voice of Pooh and Tigger, Tom Kenny joins the cast as Rabbit, and Craig Ferguson is Owl. John Cleese narrates. Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall direct. read more...
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    • Anxiety Level ▶ I need to chill
    • Optimistic ▶ Yes please
    • Innocence ▶ Innocent, Guileless
    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
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Winnie the Pooh (2011)

98.0% Match

  • With: John Cleese, Jim Cummings, Bud Luckey, Craig Ferguson, Jack Boulter, Travis Oates, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Wyatt Dean Hall, Tom Kenny, Huell Howser
  • Written by: Stephen J. Anderson, Clio Chiang, Don Dougherty, Don Hall, Kendelle Hoyer, Brian Kesinger, Nicole Mitchell, Jeremy Spears, Paul Briggs, Chris Ure, based on stories by A.A. Milne, E.H. Shepard
  • Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Running Time: 63 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/05/2011
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