Beauty and the Beast – Disney’s Best Re-imagining so far?

Disney’s re-imagining—not remake, as far more was involved in this film than simply translating animated scenes to live-action—of Beauty and the Beast occupies a curious spot in film critics’ hearts and minds. On one hand, it’s very easy to get sucked into the visually appealing, sometimes overwhelming, display Disney has put on and ignore the substance—or lack thereof—in the process. It’s just as easy to try dissecting 2017’s Beauty and the Beast on the basis of it being more shameless shilling on Disney’s part. It is neither perfect cinema nor is it just another cash-grab by everyone’s favorite multi-billionaire animated mouse.

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Clique: The BBC try, and fail, to connect with students

Clique is a new drama written by former Skins writer Jess Brittain, which recently premiered on BBC Three and shows the lives of two first year students at ‘a Scottish university’ (Edinburgh) as they try to fit in with the mysterious elite of university life. However, whilst the premise sounds good the execution is merely an insult to students at the University of Edinburgh.

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Logan: Review

Logan, for my money, is the best film in the X-Men franchise so far, and by quite some margin. It’s surprisingly difficult to describe despite its relative plot simplicity, as on the one hand it’s a superhero movie (obviously, but also it’s kind of not), but it’s also a dark, melodramatic neo-western road movie with some real standout moments and a solid and consistent atmosphere of dread, weathering and hopelessness.

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The Blacklist: Redemption – Ep. 1 Review

The Blacklist is arguably still a solid title, although as it marches on towards later seasons it has become more convoluted and less beloved by larger audiences. Hoping for its continued success over a gracious bowing out is difficult. Similarly, giving The Blacklist: Redemption a chance as anything other than an attempt at breathing new life into a show on its last legs is quite difficult. For any who wish to play catch-up (which is admirable, but far from envious), there will be spoilers ahead for both The Blacklist and The Blacklist Redemption.

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