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Artemis Fowl (2020)

“Remember the Name”

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Starring Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad (Frozen II), Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie (Pan), Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and Judi Dench (Cats)

Eleven year old Artemis Fowl (Shaw) learns of the existence of the People, a civilisation of fairy beings living in a city close to Earth’s core, when his father, Artemis Sr. (Farrell) is kidnapped by a pixie named Opal Koboi, and his abductor demands Artemis provide ‘the Aculos’ in return for his father’s life.

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Onward (2020)

Directed by Dan Scanlan
Starring Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Troll) and Octavia Spencer (Dolittle)

In a fantasy land well into its post-heroic age, magic is a thing of the past, having been abandoned in favour of the more reliable forces of science. Ian Lightfoot (Holland) is an elf high schooler who misses the presence of his late father in a family dynamic with his caring but overwhelmed mother, Laurel (Louis-Dreyfus), over-exuberant fantacist brother, Barley (Pratt), and Laurel’s new boyfriend Colt (Mel Rodriguez), a stuffy centaur police officer. On his sixteenth birthday, he and Barley receive a bequest from their father: A wizard’s staff and a spell to allow them to summon their father back to life for one day.

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Peter Rabbit (2018)

“You think you know him? Well … think again!”

Directed by Will Gluck (Easy A)
Starring James Corden (Cats), Colin Moody, Margot Robbie (Sucicide Squad), Rose Byrne (Spy), Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Sam Neill (Daybreakers), Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from UNCLE)

Peter Rabbit (Corden) live in the Lake District with his sisters, Flopsy (Robbie), Mopsy (Debicki) and Cottontail (Ridley), and their cousin Benjamin (Moody), raiding the garden of grumpy Mr MacGregor (Neill), who killed their father and wants to eat them in one or more pies, and enjoying the kindness of his neighbour Bea (Byrne), an artist and rabbit-lover who has been their surrogate mother since their own parents died. When MacGregor’s pursuit of Peter provokes a fatal heart attack, the rabbits claim the garden for their own, but a previously unknown great nephew, Thomas MacGregor (Gleeson) proves an obstacle.

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold

“Explorer is her middle name”

Directed by James Bobin (Alice Through the Looking Glass)
Starring Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight), Eugenio Derbez (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms), Michael Pena (Ant-Man), Eva Longoria, Jeff Wahlberg, Danny Trejo (From Dusk Till Dawn) and Benicio del Toro (The Wolfman)

Ten years after her cousin and childhood BFF Diego (Wahlberg) travels to the city with his family, Dora (Moner) is sent to join him by her mother (Longoria) and father (Pena) when they set out to realise their long search for Parapatta, an Incan city filled with gold.

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Rebourne: Toy Story 4 (2019)

“On The Road Of Life, There Are Old Friends, New Friends, And Stories That Change You.”

Directed by Josh Cooley
Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan and Joan Cusack

The Original

1995’s Toy Story was a game changer, the first fully CG animated feature and the film that put Pixar on the map. It told the story of Woody (Hanks), a cowboy doll and the leader of a playroom full of animate toys belonging to a boy named Andy, whose position as ‘favourite toy’ was challenged by a newcomer, astronaut toy Buzz Lightyear (Allen). Through a series of adventures after being lost, Woody and Buzz bonded, and across two sequels and a series of trips outside the playroom their friendship grew, until at last they were passed on by the now-teenaged Andy to a young girl called Bonnie (McGraw). Toy Story 3 brought the story to a fairly natural close, so the creation of a fourth movie became a bit of a running joke in the industry, even making it into the opening number of The Muppets Most Wanted.

And then they made it.

The Late Sequel

After a brief flashback to the departure of his former love interest, Bo (Potts), Woody is in a slightly uncomfortable situation, no longer favourite toy, with his Sheriff’s badge often given to his line-mate Jessie (Cusack) and control of the playroom in the hands of Bonnie’s long-time ‘head toy’ Dolly (Bonny Hunt). When he goes against protocol to accompany Bonnie to her first day at kindergarten, he ends up escorting a new toy home: Forky (Hale), a craft project made from a spork, who feels a natural impulse to become trash.

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Missing Link (2019)

Directed by Chris Butler
Starring Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis,
Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, Emma Thompson and Amrita Acharia

Adventurer Sir Lionel Frost (Jackman) is determined to prove the existence of a cryptid, in order to secure membership of an exclusive explorer’s club headed by massive imperialist dickbag Lord Piggot-Dunceby (Fry) and his lickspittle Collick (Lucas). To this end, he answers a request to travel to America in search of the Sasquatch, only to discover that it is the creature himself (Galifianakis) who sent the letter, hoping that Sir Lionel can take him to his cousins in the Himalayas, as all of his kin have died out in the face of human expansion.

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

“They Come in Pieces.”

Directed by Mike Mitchell
Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Maya Rudolph

Five years after the end of The Lego Movie, the briefly idyllic LEGO settlement of Bricksburg has been devastated by the repeated attacks of aliens from beyond the ‘Stairgate’. Emmett (Pratt), the last optimist in Apocalypseburg, is troubled by dreams of a coming ‘Armamageddon.’ He creates a dream home for himself and his partner, Lucy (Banks), which draws the attention of the aliens with its shininess. General Mayhem (Beatriz) descends on Apocalypseburg, defeating the best efforts of Lucy, Unikitty (Brie), Metalbeard (Offerman), Benny the 1980’s Spaceman (Day) and even Batman (Arnett), and abducts these five to be ‘guests’ at her queen’s ‘matrimonial ceremony’ in the Systar System.

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Christopher Robin (2018)

“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing.”

Directed by Marc Forster
Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Oliver Ford Davies, Ronke Adekoluejo, Adrian Scarborough, Jim Cummings and Brad Garrett

Christopher Robin bids a fond farewell to his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood, including Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (both Cummings) and Eeyore (Garrett), before heading to boarding school, losing his father, growing up into Ewan McGregor, marrying an architect named Evelyn (Atwell), fighting in a war and having a daughter named Madeleine (Carmichael).

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Wreck-it Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston
Starring John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina and Ed O’Neill

Six years after the events of the first movie, Ralph (Reilly) is stuck in a cosy little rut with his best bud Vanellope (Silverman). She, however, craves something new. Ralph’s attempt to help ends up wrecking the Sugar Rush machine, and the two set off into the uncharted wilds of the internet in search of a discontinued part, leaving Felix (McBrayer) and Calhoun (Lynch) looking after the bratty, and now homeless, racers.

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The Incredibles 2 (2018)

“Suit up.”

Directed by Brad Bird
Starring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huckleberry Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener

Picking up directly from the end of The Incredibles, Mr Incredible (Nelson) and Elastigirl (Hunter) try to keep their children Violet (Vowell) and Dash (Milner) out of their battle with the Underminer (John Ratzenberger). As a result, the battle runs out of  control, and the government scraps the Superhero Relocation Program. In the Parr family’s hour of need, entrepreneur Winston Deavor (Odenkirk) and his sister, creative genius Evelyn (Keener), offer a ray of hope.

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