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FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 2017)

It’s finally here. The live Disney musical we’ve all been waiting for. Twenty-six years after the animated original (one of the few animated films with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture), the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast graces our screens. While it’s not the first live action adaptation of a much loved Disney animated classic – following Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book – it is the first to retain its most crucial element: the music. Does that then mean it’s simply an unnecessary rehash? It’s depends on your level of pessimism, your fondness for nostalgia, and possibly how much you value animation. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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FILM REVIEW: Ricki and the Flash

Ricki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme, 2015)

As we all know, Meryl Streep could play Batman if she wanted to, so her presence in Ricki and the Flash automatically makes it a watchable film. But with anybody else, it most likely would have been a stinker. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ricki and the Flash

FILM REVIEW: My Old Lady

My Old Lady (Israel Horovitz, 2014)

When the opening titles revealed that My Old Lady was directed by its playwright, I had concerns. To my dismay, these were justified. It was so, so, clear that this was meant to be a play and not a film. While long conversations work on stage, on film they can grow tedious, and that was indeed the case here. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: My Old Lady