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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★

    Basically a shot-for-shot and word-for-word remake of the 1994 animated motion picture. Created in a photorealistic style with clearly some very fancy CGI tools, the film looks like a very well shot nature documentary, but without the art, artistry, and beauty that made the 2D animated original such a runaway hit. Wonderful vocal and musical talent is wasted (freakin’ queen Beyoncé only gets a song and a half in the film—BEYONCÉ!). Every five minutes during the screening, I just wanted the projectionist to roll the 1994 original instead of this needless, uninspired rehash.

  • The Jazz Singer

    The Jazz Singer

    ★½

    It’s like a Neil Diamond concert film but with a little bit of a plot. Pretty lousy (but a likeable soundtrack if you’re a Neil Diamond fan).

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  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★★★

    Absolutely terrific sequel from writer/director Brad Bird and the brilliant animators and filmmakers  at Pixar Animation Studios. Family dynamics are front and center as Elastigirl/Mrs. Incredible goes back to work leaving Mr. Incredible home to take care of the kids. Humor and action abound as Elastigirl uncovers a dastardly plot while Mr. Incredible has to deal with his kids’ relationships, homework, and superpowers. IMAX double feature which screened both the original from 2004 and the new film was Pixar movie heaven.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    One of the all-time great film adaptations of one of the all-time great Broadway musicals.
    Co-directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins bring their talents to the screen by crafting a film loaded with energy, artistry, and emotion. And the songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim are musical perfection. The film’s themes of racial tolerance are as applicable today as ever.