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Aladdin Review

The latest live-action remake to come out of Disney’s pipeline is here and this time it’s Aladdin. Aladdin hasn’t had the smoothest ride to the big screen with casting issues, accusations of colourism and the internet’s reaction to Will Smith as Genie at several points before the film’s release. While this version is unlikely to replace the 1992 animated film as people’s preferred version of the Aladdin story, it is a bit of fun and a solid modernisation of the story.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sends us back into the Wizarding World that was introduced to readers in 1997, and cinema goers in 2001.  Inspired by the book published under the same title, but with little to do with it outside of the fact both heavily feature magical creatures. The published book was done for charity and is mostly made up to look like Harry Potter's real school book and gives descriptions and histories of magical creatures; some pages include scribbled notes from Harry and Ron as if they had written them while sitting in class. The film, however, focuses on the author of that book, Newt Scamander and the time shortly before his book is published while he is in New York City in 1926.