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Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar (R) winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe (R) nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award (R) winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts. Directed by Oscar (R) winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (R) (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

Scott’s Take

I loved Beauty and the Beast. Is it overlong? Yes. Is it sometimes an exercise in excess? Yup. But you know what? The damn visuals in Beauty and the Beast just took hold of me. The film is absolutely gorgeous to look at and at times simply incredible. I went into the film not comparing the live action version to the classic animated film, and I walked out of the theater humming. Loved it! (4.5 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

The visuals. The visuals of this film is going to be what does it for you. We all know the story, but make sure you do like Scotty did and not have any comparisons in mind before you head into this one. I promise you will not be disappointed. (4 out of 5 stars)

The Belko Experiment

In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

Scott’s Take

The Belko Experiment sort of reminds me of a movie I saw a few years ago called The Killing Room. It has an interesting premise, I just hope it doesn’t venture back into the “torture porn” genre it took us so long to get away from. Nevertheless, count me in on this one.

Steve’s Take

This one seems to be a very interesting one. The critics seem to be split on this one so far, so it is time for the audiences out there to have their voices heard!

Next Week

Beauty and the Beast is going to take over theaters this weekend and rightfully so. Next week we have Chips, Life and those damn Power Rangers. Have a great weekend everyone.