In Review: Tomorrowland: A World Beyond

by Daniel Goodwin 25 May 2015

Disney continue its run of nostalgic live action productions following Kenneth Branagh’s antiquated Cinderella (2015) and 90s style baseball romp Million Dollar Arm (2014) with Tomorrowland: A World Beyond: a wistful, family sci-fi that evokes the likes of Escape To Witch Mountain (1975) and The Cat From Outer Space (1978) alongside 80s Amblin and sci-fi […]

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In Review: Cinderella (2015)

by Daniel Goodwin 26 March 2015

Inspired by European folk origins and the Grimm Brothers tale, film adaptations of Cinderella have not been in scarce supply over the years; the 1950 Disney animation joined by an onslaught of TV movies and spin offs including Ever After (1998) and A Cinderella Story (2004). Now Kenneth Branagh delivers his version of the story while planted firmly in […]

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In Review: Into the Woods

by Daniel Goodwin 7 January 2015

Where other post-Twilight and Harry Potter fairytale adaptations suppressed spark in favour of an icy emo ambience (Red Riding Hood 2011, Snow White and the Huntsman 2012, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013), it is refreshing that Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s stage production delivers an ideal blend of dark fantasy, sardonic humour and […]

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In Review: Million Dollar Arm

by Daniel Goodwin 29 August 2014

Smaller scale live action Disney flicks have been a bit scarce on our big screens of late. The dainty days of Freaky Friday (1976) and Escape To Witch Mountain (1975) or the films featuring Kurt Russell as some kind of jock-douche now seem like products of their time especially when compared with Maleficent (in terms […]

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In Review: Maleficent

by Mark Searby 30 May 2014

Disney reveal the back story of one of the most dastardly fairies ever: Maleficent – the horn-touting villain from the studio’s 1959 version of Sleeping Beauty. Just as productions such as Wicked and Oz the Great and Powerful have already illustrated: there are two sides to every story.

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Win tickets to a Disneynature CHIMPANZEE screening & Q&A with Sir David Attenborough!

by Martyn Conterio 24 April 2013

Disneynature’s CHIMPANZEE swings into cinemas on May 3rd – and we’re giving you and a friend the chance to see it early at a special Q&A screening in London on Sunday April 28th – attended by the film’s directors and special guest Sir David Attenborough!

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In Review: Wreck-It Ralph

by Helen Cox 8 February 2013

Remember that ingenious, Toy Story-inspired short that headed theatrical showings of The Muppets last year? The one where Buzz Lightyear winds up at a support group for discarded meal-deal toys? Wreck-It Ralph is a feature-length version of that, of sorts, but instead of being an unloved fast food toy our protagonist is an arcade game […]

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012: Brave

by Tom Grater 30 June 2012

The latest animation from Pixar is a bonnie feast of Scottishness, beautifully animated and joyful. The tale, set in Scotland, takes place in a magical time. Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) is a young, fiery-haired, and tempered, princess who decides to ignore the wishes of her parents (Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson) by refusing to […]

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In Review: Top Cat

by Helen Cox 19 May 2012

The much-revered Hanna-Barbera cartoon Top Cat [originally aired between 1961 and 1962] gets a 21st century 3D makeover in this Mexican-made feature length outing. Our feline hero of old finds himself sent to Dog Jail [there’s no room in Cat Jail] when he is framed for a crime he didn’t commit by Manhattan’s newly appointed […]

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In Review: Beauty and the Beast (3D)

by Maryann O'Connor 3 May 2012

It’s been two decades since we first met Disney’s Belle and the Beast aka an alternative Prince Charming. Disney were just entering another period of high productivity, kickstarted two years earlier by the success of The Little Mermaid, but were still ages away from their rejuvenating collaboration with Pixar. Now, hot on the paw pads of […]

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In Review: The Lion King (3D)

by Maryann O'Connor 10 October 2011

It’s a problem free philosophy… Hakuna Matata! If only it were that simple for Simba

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