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The origin story of Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone) is set in 1970s London in the Disney live-action film. A young aspiring designer named Estella is discovered by fashion baroness Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson). The film is the sequel to “101 Dalmatians”.


(Netflix) After Hurricane Odile hits the Mexican orphanage Casa Hogar, the boys and their caretaker Omar (Jimmy Gonzalez) compete in Bisbee’s Black & Blue fishing tournament. Based on a true story, the film also stars Dennis Quaid as Wade, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, and Bruce McGill as Tricia and Wayne Bisbee. Raymond Cruz plays Hector.


The second film “Spirit” is a sequel, or more precisely, a spinoff from the original 2002 film.

The lively adventure takes place in the border town of Miradero and tells the story of young Fortuna “Lucky ‘Prescott (voiced by Isabella Merced), who bonds with a wild mustang named Spirit.

The voice cast includes Julianne Moore as Lucky’s Aunt Cora, Jake Gyllenhaal as her father Jim and Marsai Martin and McKenna Grace as Lucky’s friends Pru and Abigail.


Pixar’s latest animated feature is set in Portorosso, a seaside town on the Italian Riviera.

Thirteen-year-old sea monster Luca (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) and his best friend Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer) leave the water to live among humans.


The sequel follows the 2018 live / computer animation “Peter Rabbit”, based on the Beatrix Potter stories.

The voice cast includes James Corden as Peter, Margot Robbie as Flopsy Rabbit and Elizabeth Debicki as Mopsy. The live actors are Rose Byrne as Bea McGregor and Domhnall Gleason as Thomas McGregor.


This drama was written and directed by Justin Chon, who also stars as Antonio LeBlanc in the film. Antonio had been adopted from Korea in his youth and had grown up in the Louisiana Bayou. Today, he risks being deported. Alicia Vikander plays his wife Kathy.


Justin Lin returns as director of a feature film “Fast and Furious” for the

fourth time. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew fight high performance assassin / pilot Jakob

Toretto (John Cena). Some of the returning regulars are Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, Lucas Black, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris and Jason Statham.


Jim Dent’s non-fiction book “12 Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football” is the basis for this movie about a football team from a Ft. Worth Orphanage.

With coach Rusty Russell (Luke Wilson), the Mighty Mites achieved success and inspired the Texans during the Great Depression.


(Amazon Prime) In the midst of an alien invasion, scientists are developing a technique to recruit soldiers from the past. Directed by Chris McKay, the action sci-fi adventure stars Chris Pratt as Dan Forester with JK Simmons as Slade, Betty Gilpin as Emmy, Mary Lynn Rajskub as Norah, Keith Powers as Major Greenwood and Chibuikem Uche as Lieutenant Ikemba.


After a long delay, “Black Widow” finally arrives on the screen.

Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow. She is being pursued by representatives of the former Soviet Union determined to bring down the Avenger. The characters are Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Melina Vostokoff / Iron Maiden (Rachel Weiss), Alexi Shostakov / Red Guardian (David Harbor) and Agent (EG Fagbenie).

Alice Reese is a member of the Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics Association. She reviews films, arts and entertainment for the Herald-Banner and for KETR.

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