Posts Tagged ‘disney’
Pete’s Dragon
Starring Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Robert Redford. Directed by David Lowery. Written by David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks, based on Malcolm Marmorstein’s screenplay. Rated PG.

Pete’s Dragon: Beast of the Northern Wild

A Fort Worth director triumphs in this Disney remake.
Kristian Lin
Disney Studios continue to raid their back catalog of animated hits to remake into live-action films for a new era, and so far I’ve been underwhelmed by the results. (Let’s just say I’m not looking forward to the live-act...

Judy and Nick wait patiently for the sloths at the DMV to do their work in Zootopia.

The Hop Cop

That rabbit is dynamite! Zootopia’s cuddly exterior hides some thorny issues.
Kristian Lin
I must admit that for a Disney animated film about an adorable little bunny rabbit, Zootopia proved harder to shake off than I expected. I should have taken a closer look at the behind-the-scenes talent involved in this, but th...

Sky (middle) and her cubs forage for clams on a beach in Bears.

Bears Looking Into

Disney’s latest nature documentary favors furry fun over facts.
If you have small children, by now you probably know the drill with these new Disneynature documentaries: lots of breathtaking photography and nothing that the little ones will find too upsetting. Bears was my first direct expe...

Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks".

Making Mary

Saving Mr. Banks does a Mickey Mouse job with Disney’s history.
Saving Mr. Banks is a lie. I don’t mean in the film-school sense that all movies (even documentaries) are fictions constructed by an author. No, this bland period drama is an aggressive attempt by the Disney Corporation to wh...


Ice Castle

Sisters do it for themselves in Disney’s dazzling Frozen.
Last August we had The Snow Queen, a Russian film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fable. Frozen is based on the same story, but it’s both the best animated movie of the year and the best musical. The heroine is Anna (voi...

This is my idea of fun, playing video games. Wreck-It Ralph (center) pours out his troubles to his fellow video-game villains.

Wreck-It Ralph: Pixel Sticks

A video-game bad guy’s crisis brings this charming Disney comedy to life.
We’ve seen much of Disney’s new animated film, Wreck-It Ralph, before. Movies like Despicable Me and Megamind have already spun traditional stories by adopting the bad guys’ point of view. The Toy Story series mined the s...

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

Timothy Green: Autumn Leaves

A kid grows from a garden in this strange, uneven fable.
The word “odd” is entirely appropriate in the title of The Odd Life of Timothy Green. This family-oriented movie has the bad luck to come to us just one week after Ruby Sparks, another magic-realist fable about a person who...

Disney Finds Sonny

For his first feature, Fort Worth’s Andrew Disney conjures up “slacker noir.”
There are a lot of ways you could describe Searching for Sonny, the debut feature from writer-director and Fort Worth native Andrew Disney. The movie concerns a chronic underachiever who gets pulled into a series of bizarre eve...

Visionary Awards: Art Rulz

Michelle Brandley, Andrew Disney, and Micah Yarborough were the guests of honor at our recent Visionary Awards party.
Last Thursday evening at Artspace 111, we threw a party. About 200 people showed up, which isn’t bad, considering that Artspace 111, while spacious and airy, doesn’t have a large spatial footprint. The people who happily pi...

Something Intangible Shines

Circle Theatre’s current production looks back on Walt Disney’s Fantasia.
The story of the brilliant artist as raging egomaniac is an appealing one, probably because it allows us to see our worst character traits as somehow contributing to something creative in the world. Playwright Bruce Graham appa...