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‘The Good Dinosaur’ Is Pixar at Its Disney-Imitating Worst

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It started in 2012, when — in what looked at first glance like some sort of Freaky Friday-style soul-switch gone awry — Disney and Pixar each put out the wrong movie. Pixar released Brave, a dull slog about a free-spirited princess and her mother, who gets transformed into a bear; Disney released Wreck-It Ralph, a smart, pop culture-savvy, melancholy comedy about video game villains. We all sort of scratched our heads and went on with our lives. This year, something even stranger happened: Pixar released a Pixar movie and a Disney movie.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Dope,’ ‘Aladdin’

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Yes, that’s right, our top two recommended new releases this week are a hard R-rated drugs and hip-hop comedy and a quintessential Disney movie, whaddaya want, our tastes are eclectic. But there is a thread connecting them: one was a ‘90s favorite, and the other is singularly obsessed with that era. Also on the shelf this week: a Sundance sensation, an early effort from one of our favorite filmmakers, and a whole mess of free flicks on YouTube.
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Watch: a Serpentine Scarlett Johansson Menaces in ‘The Jungle Book’ Trailer

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Scarlett Johansson seems to have ventured so far into her tech-saturated post-humanness that she’s come out the other side, back in nature. She’s been a clone, an alien, an operating system, and a person who can disappear into the space-time continuum by using 100 percent of their brain capacity; now, in the first trailer for Jon Favreau’s/Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book, you get to see her as a snake.
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