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ONWARD

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In a fantasy world where magic has been replaced by modern technology, teenage elves Ian (the voice of Tom Holland) and older brother Barley (voiced by Chris Pratt) are about to embark on a mystical quest. Their mother Laurel (the voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus) gives the boys a wizard's staff from their late father, who died before Ian was born, on Ian's 16th birthday. The staff's gem has a spell that will bring their dad back for 24 hours. Discovering he has powers, Ian is only able to conjure up his dad's legs before the precious stone is destroyed. Now the brothers must take the legs and seek out another magical gem to restore their father before time runs out.

Happily, Pixar abandons sequels in favor of an original concept. This wondrous CG animated feature is packed with heart and humor. Director Dan Scanlon ("Monsters University"), who wrote the screenplay with help from Jason Headley and Keith Bunin, was inspired by

FROZEN II

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Queen Elsa (the voice of Idina Menzel), listening to a distant voice only she can hear, hopes to learn about her past. With forces of nature threatening the kingdom of Arendelle at the same time, she sets out on a journey to save her realm and uncover the mystery of her icy powers. Elsa's sister Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), Anna's boyfriend Kristoff (the voice of Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) join the queen on the quest to find an enchanted forest where the answers await.

Unwilling to let it go, Disney has concocted another magical musical "Frozen" adventure. While not as captivating as the original,

THE LION KING (2019)

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Ruler of the Pride Rock animal kingdom, King Mufasa (the voice of James Earl Jones) needs to train his young son Simba (voiced by JD McCrary) to someday rule. But the young heir is more interested in exploring and having fun with his female friend Nala ( the voice of Shahadi Wright Joseph). But tragedy strikes thanks to Mufasa's treacherous brother Scar (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Simba is forced into exile. Gaining new friends warthog Pumbaa (the voice of Seth Rogen) and meerkat Timon (voiced by Billy Eichner), the young prince grows up with no worries. When the adult Nala (the voice of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter) escapes the harsh rule of Scar and his vicious band of hyenas, she finds the grown and carefree Simba (voiced by Donald Glover). Now he must face his responsibilities, defeat his uncle and become the rightful king.

The 1994 animated masterpiece gets an imposing makeover. The story and characters are the same, yet the look is different. Replacing the enchanting

ALADDIN (2019)

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While trying to survive on the streets of Agrabah, Aladdin (Mena Massoud) finds the girl of his dreams, who turns out to be Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). Following her back to the palace, the young thief is captured by Grand Vizier Jafar (Marwan Kenzari). Seeking the power of a lamp hidden in a dangerous magical cave, Jafar uses the street rat's skills to retrieve it. While trapped in the cave, Aladdin discovers that rubbing the lamp releases Genie (Will Smith), who has the ability to grant three wishes. Using a wish to become a prince, Aladdin must defeat the powerful Jafar to win his princess.

Elaborate sets, solid performances, marvelous CG effects and fabulous music inhabit this live-action re-imagining of Disney's 1992 animated classic. This colorful extravaganza has

DUMBO (2019)

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After losing an arm during the war, former horseback-riding sharpshooter Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) returns to the struggling traveling circus of Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hoping to revive his career. Max puts Holt, who must provide for his young son Joe (Finley Hobbins) and daughter Milly (Nico Parker) after the death of his wife, in charge of the elephants. Good fortune smiles on the circus when newly purchased pachyderm Mrs. Jumbo gives birth to Baby Jumbo. A laughingstock because of his big ears, the re-named Dumbo can fly - making him a star attraction. Drawing the attention of powerful businessman V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), Medici is conned into partnering with Vandevere in his giant entertainment venture called Dreamland and teaming Dumbo with aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green). But dangerous secrets lurk in the shadows of this theme park.

Director Tim Burton puts his quirky touch on this live-action remake of Walt Disney's magnificent animated delight, res…

MARY POPPINS RETURNS

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With the bank about to foreclose on the Cherry Tree Lane family home, recently widowed Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) has much on his mind. Having to raise three children by himself, with a little help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer), the pressure is building up. Arriving just in time to lend a hand is the childhood nanny of Michael and Jane: the magical Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt). Taking youngsters Anabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) on extraordinary adventures is only the beginning of putting the Banks household back in order. Tagging along is lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), who assists in the nanny's objective.

This delicious spoonful of sugar is a practically perfect sequel to Walt Disney's 1964 masterpiece. New songs, endearing characters and fabulous hand-drawn animation make

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

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Pressured by the demands of work, an adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) has little time to devote to his wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael). But when his childhood companion Winnie the Pooh (the voice of Jim Cummings), a stuffed toy bear, magically turns up in London, Christopher gets the chance to return to the Hundred Acre Wood and the joys of his youth.

Whimsical characters and an uplifting story put some bounce into this nostalgic family film. Blending the adult life of Christopher Robin with

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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Only true love can save a young prince (Dan Stevens), cursed to live life in his castle as a beast. When Belle (Emma Watson) arrives at the castle to save her imprisoned father (Kevin Kline), the Beast releases him in exchange for her. Over time, she becomes fond of the hideous creature and his enchanted staff. When the villagers attack, led by Belle's unwanted suitor Gaston (Luke Evans), she must make a life-changing decision.

While 1991's cartoon classic (the first animated feature to be nominated in the Academy Awards' Best Picture category) is still the winner, this new version is absolutely charming. This time around, real people ably take the place of their two-dimensional counterparts - with an assist from some fabulous CG effects. Director Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls") paints a mesmerizing picture that's filled with lavish sets and costumes, colorful characters and unforgettable music.