Beauty and the Beast (Film Review)

kv4k6h3Title: Beauty and the Beast
Directed by: Bill Condon
Written by: Maria Maggenti
Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky, and Evan Spiliotopoulos
Music: Alan Menken
Cinematography: Tobias Schliessler
Edited: Virginia Katz
Production company: Walt Disney Pictures, and Mandeville Films
Based on: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and La Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
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Genre: Fairytale, Romance
Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rating: Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images.
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Source: Tickets purchased by me from Cineplex Canada

Synopsis:  Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.

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Before I Fall (Film Review)

beforeifall_ep_poster1Title: Before I Fall
Directed by: Ry Russo-Young
Written by: Maria Maggenti
Based on the Novel by: Lauren Oliver
Type: Fiction
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Producers: Jonathan Shestack, Matt Kaplan, Brian Robbins
Distributor: Open Road Films
Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving drinking, sexuality, bullying, some violent images, and language-all involving teens.
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Book Publisher: HarperCollins

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I was invited to an advanced screening of this film courtesy of HarperCollins Canada.

Synopsis:  Sam seemed to have everything a teenage girl could want: popularity, a hot boyfriend, cool status, fun friends, loving family and seeming happiness.  But beyond the superficial, Sam’s life wasn’t so charmed. She was one of a clique of high school mean girls who made life hellish for those different from them.  When she’s killed in a car accident, Sam is forced to relive her last day on Earth seven times in order to get things right.  She attempts to make sense of what befell her and gain a better understanding of herself and others. In the process Sam evolves, learns to be a good person and comes to accept her fate.  As narrated by Sam (Zoey Deutsch), this touching story, based on the 2010 young adult novel by Lauren Oliver, has a Groundhog Day structure, with a dramatic arc.

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