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  • Wonder

    Wonder

    ★★★½

    Morale of this story: Don’t be the volcano kid at the science fair. 

    Favorite character: Jack Will.

  • War of the Buttons

    War of the Buttons

    ★★★

    You could watch this as the cute little adventure/family movie it’s meant to be. Or you could read between the lines and see a harsh critic on the brutality/sexism of rural France in the 50s. No wonder the children of Velrans and Longueverne keep fighting each other when adults do the same... 

    At some point, the kid turned to me and asked when parents stopped hitting kids with sticks to punish them. Did not have the courage to tell him some still do, though. 

    Favorite character: Lebrac.

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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★½

    There’s more chemistry between Lumière and Plumette than between Belle and the Beast. 

    Favorite character: My, what a guy, that Gaston!

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    ★★★½

    I seriously got real mad when I heard they’d be making a new Jumanji. Who needs another sequel to a childhood favorite? Well, it turned out to be a pretty decent successor to the original, with more Indiana Jone undertones. The kid loved it! 

    Favorite character: It’s a tie between Jack Black’s Bethany and Karen « the walking goddess » Gillan!