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Monday, March 20, 2017

Opening 3/24/17

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CHIPs [R] 1 hr. 54 Min. Action Watch Preview Cast: Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Vincent D'Onofrio. Plot: a beaten up pro motorbiker and a cocky undercover Federal agent become partners in the California Highway Patrol. Showing at: Warren EastWarren Old TownWarren West.

The Last Word [R] 1 hr. 48 Min. Comedy Watch Preview Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Shirley MacLaine, Philip Baker Hall. Plot: when a retired businesswoman decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth, resulting in a life-altering friendship. Showing at: Warren East.

Life [R] 1 hr. 56 Min. Sci-Fi Thriller Watch Preview Cast: Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal. Plot: a space crew discovers life on Mars. Showing at: Warren EastWarren Old TownWarren West.

Power Rangers [PG-13] 2 hrs. 17 Min. Family/Action Watch Preview Cast: Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader. Plot: five ordinary high school kids must become something extraordinary when they learn their small town  – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Showing at: Movie MachineWarren EastWarren Old TownWarren West.

Wilson [R] 1 hr. 34 Min. Comedy/Drama Watch Preview Cast: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines, Isabella Amara. Plot: a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope (Woody Harrelson) reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. Showing at: Warren East.

Leaving 3/23/17

Movie Machine - The Shack
Palace West - Before I Fall
Warren East 13th - Lion, La La Land, John Wick 2, Hidden Figures, Sense  Of An Ending
Warren West 21st - Table 19, Great Wall, John Wick 2, A Dog's Purpose, Hidden Figures
Warren Old Town - Logan

Friday, March 17, 2017

Beauty And The Beast ***

Bill Condon directed this Musical Fantasy Watch Preview Cast: Kevin Kline, Emma Watson, Sir Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Dan Stevens, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson. Rated PG for some action violence, peril, and frightening images. Running time is two hours and nine minutes.

The beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic.

I've never watched the 1991 animated Disney version of this film so I have no comparisons to make. However, if you're looking for a full blown musical featuring a  top-notch cast, here you are. You won't recognize the majority of the mostly British cast until the end. Watson is delightful as Belle. I had to wait until the final credits to discover whether she did her own singing...and she did! The music is enjoyable but not overly memorable. I  had trouble discerning the lyrics on the large chorus numbers but they were pleasant to listen to nonetheless. The CG effects are excellent, to the extent you're never really aware they're CG. The run time is about thirty minutes too long as far as I'm concerned and I got a little restless toward the end. Fans of musicals should be much more appreciative of this effort vs. La La Land, which was nowhere near this quality. Recommended for all age groups.

There are no scenes after the credits start. A large screen is very desirable. Theatres/Times.

Worthwhile (or not) 3/17/17

MetaCritic indicates Beauty And The Beast (68) is the top ranked film this week, followed by A Sense Of An Ending(61) and The Belko Experiment (42).  I watched one of these and found it enjoyable but a bit long. For national reviews take the link to the MetaCritic website for each film by clicking on the titles above.