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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.Bambi

Scott’s Take

Yeah I know the live action film isn’t as good as the animated classic, but was it ever going to be? Beauty and the Beast has a lot to like, even love. It has some lag, but the special effects are seamless. (4 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

I’m in agreement with Scott. I really enjoyed the live action film, but nothing really ever replaces the original animated classic. The visuals in this one are stunning. Grab it on Bluray for sure. My final take on this one is 4 out of 5 stars.

Ralph’s Take

Check out Ralph’s review here!

A Cure For Wellness

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.

Scott’s Take

As with any Gore Verbinski film, A Cure For Wellness looks stunning. The problem is the film is plagued by an absurd run time and an absolutely ridiculous ending. Blu-Ray is the best way to view a film like this. (2 1/2 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

I haven’t seen this one and there is a great divide between Scott and Gisell. I will try to check this one out this week or this weekend.

Gisell’s Take

Check out Gisell’s review here!

Next Week

Beauty and the Beast is my pick of the week. Next week we have John Wick 2 and The Lego Batman Movie. Have a great week everyone.