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Review of the entertaining "Hocus Pocus 2" featuring the witches / I've always found "Hocus Pocus" memories to be a little mysterious.

Review of the entertaining "Hocus Pocus 2" featuring the witche

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It is nothing new for youngsters to love bad movies and keep that soft place into adulthood. Nevertheless, a straight-to-Disney+ sequel created 30 years later seems, at best, cynical.

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So it came as a welcome surprise to see that "Hocus Pocus 2" is actually rather entertaining. 

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In "Hocus Pocus 2," the Sanderson sisters Winifred (Midler), Sarah (Parker), and Mary (Najimy) are once more let loose on their modern-day village thanks to a funny, vibrant writing by Jen D'Angelo. 

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Midler, Parker, and Najimy are all willing to do magic tricks, songs, and dances for the audience and occasionally just for themselves. 

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But they are only a small part of this oddly amusing concoction, which also features well-rounded teen characters and a very strong comedic supporting cast. 

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Including Doug Jones as a "good zombie," Sam Richardson as the proprietor of the neighborhood occult shop,  

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And Tony Hale as the mayor and a reverend from the time of the Salem Witch Trials. A far too brief cameo as another witch is also made by Hannah Waddingham from "Ted Lasso."

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The Motion Picture Association has given the Disney+ release "Hocus Pocus 2" a PG rating for "action, some language, macabre/suggestive comedy." 104 minutes total running time.