HAMILTON – Review by Martha K Baker

Concerning this televised version of Hamilton, analyst Soraya McDonald asked in a recent essay, “What now?” If Hamilton turned a “revolution into a revelation” when it opened in 2015, she wrote, how is its take on history going to be viewed today, with revolution in the streets?

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ONWARD – Review by Brandy McDonnell

“Onward” represents a huge leap for director/co-writer Dan Scanlon over his previous Pixar feature, the passable “Monsters University,” because it feels personal – and it is. He based the core story on his own experiences growing up without his father, who died when the filmmaker just was a baby, and those emotions resonate throughout the film.

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ONWARD – Review by Susan Granger

Seeking to revive enchantment, this new, animated Disney fantasy is set in suburban New Mushroomton, populated by mythical creatures: scavenging unicorns, punky motorcycle-riding pixies and pointy-eared elves – like angst-riddled Ian Lightfoot, who yearns for a connection with his father who died of cancer before he was born.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kristin Chenoweth’s New Deal at Disney+ – Brandy McDonnell reports

Kristin Chenoweth is joining the streaming revolution. The award-winning actor and singer will star in the planned Disney+ series “The Biggest Star In Appleton.” The Mouse House’s new streaming service is developing the half-hour, single-camera comedy from Chenoweth, playwright and screen scribe Paul Rudnick and producer Dan Jinks.

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SPOTLIGHT December 2019: Leslie Iwerks, Filmmaker, THE IMAGINEERING STORY

Leslie Iwerks is either Disney royalty, or a Disney brat, depending on whether you’re talking to fans or the director herself. She’s the grand-daughter of animator and inventor Ub Iwerks, one of Walt Disney’s oldest friends, creator of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and co-creator with Disney of Mickey Mouse. She is the daughter of technical innovator, lifetime Oscar Award winner, and Disney Legend Don Iwerks. As documentary director/producer, she has a distinguished career in film and an Oscar nominee for her work on The Pixar Story.

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MALEFICENT MISTRESS OF EVIL – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

Angelina Jolie shines in the dark and enchanting Disney, fantasy adventure Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Directed by Joachim Rønning from a script by Linda Woolverton, Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue, this follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster Maleficent is a spirited revenge thriller.

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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

It’s been five years since Disney’s revisionist Maleficent set the story straight on the (we’re told) unfairly maligned “wicked witch” of the Sleeping Beauty legend… which, of course, *checks notes* Disney itself helped to perpetuate, the monsters. So how is that Disney is now doubling down on her terribleness, what with all this Mistress of Evil nonsense for the sequel?

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