ALADDIN – Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

It’s a shame, with the lavish sets, costumes, and talented actors that Aladdin’s script doesn’t develop the characters and the last forty minutes took a dark tone that lingered for too much time in a children’s film. Unfortunately, the numerous problems doom the film. Should your children see the movie? That depends if you’re okay with Jasmine’s dad the Sultan being tortured by electric shock bolts that inflict pain until she agrees to marry Jafar.

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DUMBO – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The latest film in the Disney canon to get a (mostly) live-action remake, “Dumbo” presents plenty of challenges: The original runs an unfussy 64 minutes, boasts some of the most indelible sights and sounds in cinema history and features a bevy of material that hasn’t aged well, especially a character literally named Jim Crow who leads a flock of racial stereotypes on the wing and a trippy sequence of a drunken baby elephant hallucinating.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Emma Stone Goes “Cruella”

Before she was a Golden Globe nominee for The Favourite or even an Oscar winner for La La Land, Emma Stone was reportedly set to star as a Disney villain in Cruella, a live-action origin story for 101 Dalmatians baddie Cruella De Vil. Think the Mouse House’s 2014 box-office hit Maleficent only with a fashionable fur coat instead of the horns.

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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Unlike most follow-ups, the successor to the Disney’s 2012 animated hit does more than just upgrade the visuals and the action sequences, although those get a zippy makeover. The sequel, which has topped the box office for three straight weekends, also advances the storytelling, characters and humor in clever but profound ways.

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS – Review by Susan Granger

Disney’s big-budget attempt to adapt E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 fantasy and Tchaikovsky’s ballet is a muddled mess, comparable to A Wrinkle in Time. In Victorian London, the story begins with inventive young Clara Stahlbaum (Mackenzie Foy) in the attic demonstrating her elaborate Rube Goldberg-type mousetrap to her younger brother Fritz (Tom Sweet).

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Like recent Disney live-action adventures like 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful and this year’s A Wrinkle in Time, The Nutcracker is visually gorgeous and entertaining enough, with some interesting approaches to adapting familiar material, but the results don’t quite cook up as well as you’d like, especially considering the first-rate ingredients.

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