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Set in a suburban fantasy world where magic still exists but no-one really uses it anymore because of the various technological inventions which have made life more convenient, Ian and Barley Lightfoot are two teenage elf brothers.
On Ian's 16th birthday, the two boys receive a gift from their father who died of an illness shortly before Ian's birth of a magical staff, a rare phoenix gem, and a letter instructing them how to cast a ‘visitation spell' which will allow their father to be resurrected for a single day. However, when they attempt to cast the difficult spell, it goes wrong, and only the lower half of their father's body appears. Ian and Barley, along with the legs of their father, must go on a quest to find another phoenix gem in order to complete the spell before it's too late so that they can say their final goodbyes. Onward is a heartfelt animated adventure about grief, moving on, and brotherly love.
The author Toni Morrison is known as being one of America's great storytellers, famed for her engrossing and artful meditations on broadly powerful themes such as race, gender and identity. After passing away in 2019, she left behind a body of work that will resonate and a career which saw her become the first black woman to win a Nobel prize in literature for her contributions to the art form. Thankfully, she also left behind this moving and intimate documentary which sees Morrison, along with well-known figures from multiple industries and disciplines from political activist Angela Davis to fellow icon Oprah Winfrey, look back at her artistic contributions and her legacy whilst also delving into her personal life and the woman behind the words.
Zak, a 22 year old man with Down syndrome, lives in a care home in North Carolina where he is watched over closely by care worker Eleanor due to his numerous escape attempts. Desperate to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and have some freedom of his own, Zak successfully breaks out of the care home and is reluctantly taken under the wing of Tyler, a backwoods crab-fisherman who is grieving the death of his brother.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is a story of friendship and independence, buoyed by an incredible debut performance from Zack Gottsagen, who brings his own experience as a disabled actor to the role.
Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday and Pugsley along with Uncle Fester and Thing return in animated form as the Addams family, the quintessential spooky American household. In this version, their lives are turned upside down when they learn that their neighbouring town is led by a reality TV host who is aiming to re-build the world in her own image… one which doesn't include the Addams family within it!
If this family are a little too creepy for you, don't despair, the colourful children's book character Princess Emmy makes her big screen debut. Eight-year old Princess Emmy lives in a castle and can speak to horses, a gift passed down her royal family through a magical book that one of her relatives wrote. Her idyllic life, which consists of spending time with her family and a stable of twenty-four horses, is disrupted when her cousin Gizana comes to stay in preparation for Emmy's inauguration at a princess ball.
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