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New take on Disney classic raises eyebrows – sort of

The concept for "Beauty and the Beast" has been made and reworked in movies, on the small screen, and on stages across the country, where memorable lyrics and choreography from Disney's 1991 animated version inspired humming and sing-a-long standards.Before opting for a version that continues ...

Looking ahead at as awards season kicks off

Multiplexes will continue to bask in the popularity of "Rogue Wars: A Star Wars Story" during January. The spin-off debuted in mid-December.However, as January comes nearer, the "Awards Season," which wrapped back at the Toronto film festival in September shifts nationwide. Most of the niche ...

Parables and politics on the big screen

Art imitates life and vice versa, but the mudslinging tactics, spouting 'white power' at the expense of minorities, and personal vendettas thrust into the election of the newest President of the United States upped the surge in hate rhetoric which have many observers believing they are ...

Holiday movie options run the gamut

When the holiday season unfurls, Hollywood readies its most awesome, most dramatic and funniest films for big screen debut. Officially, the season runs from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day, though marketing gurus sometimes tweak the timing for box office advantages.Only one caped hero, "Dr. ...

Who’s watching you? A ‘Snowden’ review

Hero? Traitor? Perhaps, both?In "Snowden," cyber manipulation explodes with the equivalent of a nuclear device for which the security-balancing-freedom pendulum implodes in a world where data equals money equals control.Famed director of political thrillers, Oliver Stone ("J.F.K.," "Nixon,") ...

Take a trip back in time with Flashback

Once upon a time a young director named George Lucas made a film that chronicled Sixties youth through its cruisin'' and race car culture and Rock Around the Clock soundtrack that included music from "The Beach Boys," "Buddy Holly" and "The Platters."His low-budget "American Graffiti" paved ...

September’s big screen offerings full of drama

By Tony RutherfordSpring and summer have been super-ific and pet-tastic. On one hand, a cluster of superhero ("Batman v. Superman," "Suicide Squad," "Captain America Civil War") and on the other, cuddly pets and cute creatures ("The Secret Life of Pets," "Zootopia," "Finding Dory") Now, ...

A peek at the upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’

The Marvel Universe's offbeat, edgy, rag tag "Guardians of the Galaxy" shook the stratosphere on August 1, 2014.Comic Con 2016 attendees viewed a preview which introduces Kurt Russell as Ego, the Star Lord's dad. Backed by Fleetwood Mac music, the teaser has drawn such strong pirated trending ...

Women kick butt in ‘Ghostbusters’ revamp

OK, let's answer the signature question first: Is the new "Ghostbusters" as funny as the 1984 original directed by Ivan Reitman that had Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver blast ghosts, poltergeist, and a giant marshmallow man with proton streams while avoiding ...

Review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ a sci-fi thrill ride

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise....Those words did not ignite immediate ratings popularity, but brought forth the science-fiction dreams of many civilizations during a time when men in space was part of the national agenda.Gene Roddenberry's "Star ...