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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The [Unnecessary] Defining Chapter | Review of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

By: Cynthia Ayala

Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | Movie Review

By: Cynthia A. Directed by: Peter Jackson Screenplay by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro Based on The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt & Orlando Bloom Following the events of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Bilbo Baggins continues on his journey … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | Movie Review

Alan Cumming Back As Nightcrawler For X-Men: Days Of Future Past

By:  Kristy Puchko With a plotline poised to have the worlds of the X-Men trilogy and the ’60s-set X-Men: First Class collide, X-Men: Days of Future Past plans to incorporate cast members from both chronologies. Many have already been attached to the project, and now Alan Cumming can be added to that list! Cumming memorably played the shy teleporter Nightcrawler in X2, and according to X-Men: First Class‘s Professor X, James McAvoy, he’ll be … Continue reading Alan Cumming Back As Nightcrawler For X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Is Peter Dinklage Playing The Main Villain In X-Men: Days Of Future Past?

By:  Eric Eisenberg Late last night Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage became the first new actor to join the X-Men franchise since pre-production began on Bryan Singer’s Days of Future Past. Unfortunately, the casting news came without one key detail: who he will be playing. This the announcement many fans have speculated about names like Puck and MODOK, but the former isn’t a mutant and the latter still belongs to … Continue reading Is Peter Dinklage Playing The Main Villain In X-Men: Days Of Future Past?

X-Men: Days Of Future Past Still Has Storm And Nightcrawler Listed As Maybes

By:  Eric Eisenberg Director Bryan Singer has been very vocal about the actors he will be reuniting with on the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. Thanks to the film’s time travel plotline, having part of the story set in the distant future and others set in the 1970s with the First Class crew, the project has allowed Singer to bring back actors like Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh … Continue reading X-Men: Days Of Future Past Still Has Storm And Nightcrawler Listed As Maybes

Sentinels Will Be A Major Part Of X-Men: Days Of Future Past

By: Sean O’Connell The closest X-Men fans came to seeing Sentinels on screen wasn’t very close at all. The towering robotic assassins were part of a Danger Room sequence in Brett Ratner’s forgettable X-Men: The Last Stand, though the only thing we really were able to see was Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) standing next to the severed head of a Sentinel after Colossus sling-shot him off screen … … Continue reading Sentinels Will Be A Major Part Of X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Anna Paquin, Ellen Page And Shawn Ashmore To Return For X-Men: Days Of Future Past

By: Katey Rich It’s supposed to be a sleepy Saturday, but it turns out X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer couldn’t resist breaking a little news. Returning to the franchise he kicked off with X-Men and X2: X-Men United, Singer is in pre-production on the hotly anticipated sequel, and confirmed today that three familiar faces from his original trilogy will be making a comeback. Here’s what he tweeted: He’s … Continue reading Anna Paquin, Ellen Page And Shawn Ashmore To Return For X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men: Days Of Future Past Officially Adds Hugh Jackman As Wolverine

By: Eric Eisenberg When it was first revealed that Hugh Jackman was in talks for a small role as Wolverine in Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past it looked like a no-brainer. After all, Jackman has played the same live-action superhero in more films than any other single actor (showing his commitment to the role) and it would give him a chance to reunite … Continue reading X-Men: Days Of Future Past Officially Adds Hugh Jackman As Wolverine