Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Opens locally Friday, January 13th, 2012
Run Time: 1 hour, 24 minutes, Rated G
Starring (Voice Talent): Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury
Directed by Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise
Beauty and the Beast is the second in what will be a very long line of classic Disney animated films being re-released in 3D. On the tails of The Lion King, which was Disney’s first 3D re-release this past September, Beauty and the Beast tells the classic story of the beautiful Belle who finds beauty lurking beneath the surface of the beast. It was the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award when released in 1991 (2009’s Up was the only other), and is known perhaps as one of the best Disney films of all time. Featuring the likes of Lumeire the Candlestick to Cogsworth the Clock, from Mrs. Potts to little Chip, the characters in Beauty and the Beast are nearly as memorable as the incredibly classic songs woven into the film’s fabric.
So really, the film’s worth is not in question. What’s really up for discussion is how the film holds up presented in 3D.
2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Thriller, Espionage
Opens locally Friday, January 6th, 2012
Run Time: 2 hours 7 minutes, Rated R
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Tom Hardy
Based on the novel by John le Carre
Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In)
I liked many of the individual parts that made up Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, from the performances of Gary Oldman and Colin Firth, to the authentic tone of the spy underworld that the film inhabited. In this world, it is all about information, and collecting intelligence. But must a movie that deals with who knows what leave us knowing so little? This film deals with intelligence, and if you don’t possess proportions of that in the vicinity of an Albert Einstein, it will leave you feeling destitute. I’d imagine then, that most folks will struggle to know just what the heck is going on.
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