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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast represented near-perfection for an animated musical when it competed for Best Picture honors in 1991. So it’s hard to imagine that any reimagining of the “tale as old as time” could possibly hold a candle – or a lumiere – to that instant classic. But Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast does what it set out to do, and that’s bring a strong cast, a contemporary vibe, and a few new songs to audiences old and new. And while it’s not perfect, it is quite enchanting.

X-men: Days of Future Past

I will admit up front, I haven’t seen any of the other X-men flicks. But the good news is that this one stands alone and begs me to watch the others to see what I was missing. In Days of Future Past, Wolverine is sent back in time to 1973, so the characters that populate this series are youngsters and their relationships with one another are not yet certain, which makes for a great introduction to the mutant clan. And it is a LOT of fun with a fabulously yummy cast too boot. Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy — what could be wrong with that? And Jennifer Lawrence proves once again that she is a force to be reckoned with.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Here’s all you need to know about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

1. Anyone who’s read “The Hobbit” and/or seen and enjoyed the first of director Peter Jackson’s three-film adaptation will surely want to see this ‘middle’ installment. Odds are, they’ll like it – a lot. It’s quite good, visually and narratively. 2. The film essentially picks up where the last one, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, left off. Bilboa Baggins (Martin Freeman) still has possession of a precious ring that gives him courage and short-term invisibility. And he’s still on a dangerous quest with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and a bunch of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from an evil dragon named Smaug.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Are you ready for a return to Middle Earth? If you eagerly answered ‘yes’ to that question, then every review – including this one – is moot. You should see The Hobbit. Chances are, you’ll enjoy the movie and spend countless hours with your fanboy and fangirl friends debating the merits of the story, the scenery, the frame rate, and how it all plays into the entire mythology of the Lord of the Rings universe. If you don’t know a Gollum from a Gandolf – and don’t care – then you can probably skip The Hobbit, the first of a three-part prequel to the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy. Either way, it’ll do just fine at the box office. With or without you.