The Lion King at 25

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The Sun rising over the Pride Lands of Africa is one of the most iconic beginnings of a film — animated or live-action — in history. When you see that shot, you know what movie you are about to see. It might be hard to believe that a quarter of a century has passed since The Lion King hit the big screen for the first time on June 15, 1994. It holds a special place in my heart as one of the first films I watched in a theater. After all this time, it’s still worth talking about.

Disney is releasing a CGI remake version of this family-favorite this summer, which will bring old and new fans into the reclining seats. As Disney moves out with the animated old and in with the computer generated new, it seems that the circle of life is still in motion. With the July 19th release date approaching and fter reading a retrospective from Movie Babble, it feels like the perfect time for an affectionate look back at one of my favorite films of all time.

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Mutant and Proud: A Fan’s Look Back at the X-Men Franchise’s Impact

In the 1990’s, I grew up watching X-Men: The Animated Series. I ran around my parents’ living room, emulating my favorite character, Wolverine, as I immersed myself into the colorful world of these individuals and their adventures. Although I was very young, the show taught me that it was okay to be different and we should accept others, no matter the contrasts between myself and them. I never thought I’d see this team – this family – of heroes on the big screen.

In 2000, that – and the superhero genre – were changed forever.

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‘Dark Phoenix’ brings a smoldering end to the X-Men film franchise

After 19 years, 12 films, 2 Phoenix saga-focused films, and 1 franchise-binding Wolverine, the X-Men franchise is over. Dark Phoenix wraps up the X-Men prequel films and franchise before the inevitable Disney/MCU reboot switch is turned on. After an established history, I couldn’t see this franchise ending with anything less than an applause. It is heartbreaking to see it wane with a finale as hollow as Dark Phoenix.

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The Magic Carpet Doesn’t Reach Maximum Height in Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin

First of all, I love Aladdin.

When I get asked about my top Disney movies of all time (possibly coming in a future post), the Middle Eastern folk tale always lands in my top three. Ever since my childhood, the animated classic has ALWAYS landed in my top 3. Considering Disney’s success of live-action remakes, I wasn’t overly concerned, even with the hate on Will Smith’s Genie.

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‘Endgame’ aftermath is tackled in the ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ trailer

Two weeks after Marvel’s culmination event, Avengers: Endgame, fans had to wonder what direction Spider-Man’s MCU sophomore film would take as Phase 3 comes to a close. The spoiler ban was active until this past Monday, when the new trailer dropped to reveal more about this adventure.

Trust me, it’s Endgame spoiler-heavy. So you have been warned (Even Tom Holland warns you before it starts)!

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Marvel Studios pulls out all the stops in a spectacular superhero epic with ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Long live the Avengers.

For this review, I felt compelled to start off by honoring these comic-book heroes that have touched the lives of millions of fans around the world, both new and old. Since 2008, Marvel Studios has been on a superhero odyssey; creating memorable moments, whole standalone franchises and bringing the comic books to life.

After the devastating end to last year’s Infinity War, there had to be one last sequel in order to set things right in the universe.

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