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The recent reboot of the 1995 adventure film "Jumanji" does little to go beyond its source material.

The flawed 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' is a low-risk crowd-pleaser

Reminiscing on my elementary school days, when I was first introduced to the 1995 adaptation of “Jumanji,” I recall the orphaned Judy and Peter Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce) unleashing creatures from the depths of a centuries-old board game into their new home, including a disheveled Robin Williams who is finally released twenty-six years into the future. 

Pixar's latest feature, "Coco," follows a boy named Miguel who wants to become a musician despite his family's generations-old ban on music.

In 'Coco,' Pixar finds humanity in the dead

Humanity is at the core of every Pixar film. Whether the company is encouraging audiences to sympathize with the monsters living under their beds or assigning rich inner-lives to the contents of a child’s toy box, Pixar has a reputation for finding the humanity in the inhuman.