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  • The Straight Story
  • The Lion King
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Mary Poppins

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  • Prey

    ★★★★½

  • Not Okay

    ★★★★½

  • Mickey's House of Villains

    ★★★½

  • The Country Bears

    ★★★★½

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    Pulp Fiction was the highest grossing live-action movie Disney released in 1994. Yes, you read that right. It hauled in an adjusted $375+ million worldwide for the company, and the only other mouse house film to convince more people to sit in a dark box that year was The Lion King. This movie's release was a cultural sonic boom, yet its integral role in Disney's transformation into a behemoth has effectively been forgotten.

    So much digital ink has been spilled…

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks

    Alvin and the Chipmunks

    ★★★★½

    Can you imagine having a failing grape farm in Fresno in the mid-'50s and decide the music industry can't possibly be any harder, so you risk everything and move your family to L.A. and spend your last $200 on a fancy recording device that slows and speeds voices? And suddenly you've (literally) squeaked out two of the bestselling songs of all-time, rescued the record company that signed you from bankruptcy, and completely transformed your future?

    And then, half a century…

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  • Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 3

    Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 3

    ★★★★

    This movie is very likely the end of an era. After a remarkable, often-underestimated 25 year run, Disney Channel Original Movies are probably not much longer for this world as the network's days are numbered with the rise of Disney+. While the opening titles don't brand this as a DCOM, it's ultimately labeled as one by the end credits, and it's reasonably safe to assume this will be the last musical DCOM ever made.

    If so, it's a fitting end.…

  • Now You See Him, Now You Don't

    Now You See Him, Now You Don't

    ★★★★

    Disney+ can charge me whatever they want to if they make a "Golfing With Dean Higgins" show. Joe Flynn chewing around the scenery in this as the ever-doomed head of Medfield College is pure gold, and he hits his character's hapless zenith when a golf game somehow devolves into him faceplanting in the ocean.

    And the numerous shots of the early '70s Disney studio lot are an added bonus for anyone curious about what it looked like in the post-Walt years, pre-Eisner years. Amazingly, if you ignore the lack of Michael Graves, in many ways the core lot looks mostly the same half a century later.

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  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★★

    Opening sequence is a crackling tinderbox that completely explodes, showering a smoldering, steaming pile of atmospheric wreckage across the rest of this barn burner that gleefully refuses to stop sparking. Strengthened immensely by underlining the eerie, sad corners of reality rather than leaning on anything supernatural, Scream remains a creative watershed regardless of genre. And, once upon a time, it was a Disney movie.

    This was literally Disney's other big holiday season release in 1996 besides 101 Dalmatians. And it…

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★

    Aside from probably deserving some weird special Oscar for the impressive copyright acrobatics, sad sack inside baseball nostalgia revivals like this are clearly just not my thing.

    And how anyone involved felt the Peter Pan characterization, a pitch black homage to what happened to Bobby Driscoll, was anything but brutally egregious is beyond me. It all felt more Happytime Murders than Roger Rabbit, and like it was ripped from an alternate timeline where Eisner didn't save the company in '84,…