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Today on YouTube we’re discussing Thorn by Intisar Khanani, a YA retelling of The Goose Girl. Continue reading Watch “Thorn Review” on YouTube

A Tale as Old as Time | Review of “Beauty and the Beast”

By Cynthia Ayala

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline & Josh Gad
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“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.”

—IMDB

A magical live action remake of the classic tale following Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the cursed prince. Needless to say—but it has to be said—this film had exceptional casting. Emma Watson has become an exceptional actress, taking on the part of Belle and molding her into something new. She was able to capture the essence of Belle from the original, the stubborn opinionated girl with dreams as vast as the eye could see. And her performance was breathtakingly amazing. She is Belle, there is no question about it. Then there is Luke Evans. God, what a wonderful Gaston he made. Much like Watson, he was the perfect person to take on this role, to sing the songs, the be the perfect narcissist.
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A Bitter Disappointment | Review of ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’

By Cynthia Ayala

The Huntsman: Winter’s War starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain
Universal PictureS
Image Credit: IMDB

As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna’s wicked intentions.

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This movie had so much potential, but all of it went down the drain. At first look, it seems like a great move for Universal to distance itself from Stewart and the director Rupert Sanders of the previous film because some bad press is bad press. That scandal hurt sales, everyone knows it, and it did not receive many great reviews, probably the biggest fault in the previous was the story which wasn’t praised. This film, while written by different people, suffers that same problem.
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Review: “The Last Ever After” is a Perfect Fairy Tale Ending (The School for Good and Evil #3) – Emertainment Monthly

By Cynthia Ayala ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

SG3LastEverAfter-hc-c-1421942066-174x131The last book in Chainani’s trilogy, “The Last Ever After” is a charming novel that is very mature, fun, and adventurous, giving new life to old fairy tales. Continue reading “Review: “The Last Ever After” is a Perfect Fairy Tale Ending (The School for Good and Evil #3) – Emertainment Monthly”

The Perfect Fairy Tale Ending | Review of ‘The Last Ever After’ (School for Good and Evil, #3)

By: Cynthia Ayala

The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani’ HarperCollins

Everything old is new. Agatha and Sophie have gone their separate ways, while Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young and evil School Master, Agatha and Tedros were whisked away to Gavaldon. But with Sophie and the School Master declaring their love for one another, they have given evil past and present their chance at re-writing old fairy tales, putting everyone in mortal danger. Evil has taken over and the fate of all fairy tales lies with Agatha, Tedros and Sophie finally putting an end to their fairy tale.
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‘Cinderella’ Reveals True Beauty | Review of ‘Cinderella’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Walt Disney Pictures

A beautiful fairy tale come to life. Cinderella captures the real beauty of the story, of a girl who is stripped of her title, of the person she once was by the cruelty of her stepmother and stepsisters.

Lily James plays Ella, nicknamed Cinderella by her wicked stepsisters, and the daughter of a merchant who becomes a widower. But after a few years he opens his heart to Cate Blanchett and takes in her and her daughters.
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