Opening this week are Beauty and the Beast 3D, Contraband, The Divide, Joyful Noise and The Iron Lady.


Beauty and the Beast 3D (3D re-release)
Rated: The Iron Lady G
Runtime: 84
Genre(s): Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Directors: Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise
Stars: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach

The Buzz
Disney’s 3D re-release of the 1991 beloved animated musical-fantasy film Beauty and the Beast. The film centers around a prince who is transformed into a Beast, the young woman Bella (Paige O’Hara) whom he imprisons in the castle and only their love for each other can break the curse.

The film is filled with lovable characters notably the transformed servants Lumiere (a Candlestick), Cogsworth (a clock), Mrs. Potts (a teapot) and her son Chip (a teacup). Wonderful musical numbers including “Be Our Guest”, “Gaston” a solo for the swaggering villain, “Human Again” and the love ballad “Beauty and the Beast”.


Contraband
Rated: R
Runtime: 110 min
Genre(s): Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster

The Buzz
Set in New Orleans, Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) who abandoned his life of crime long ago is forced back after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi). To help settle Andy’s debt, Chris who is a legendary contraband runner assembles a crew and with the help of his best friend Sebastian (Ben Foster), does one final run to Panama and back, in hopes of returning with millions of counterfeit bills and before his wife Kate (Kate Beckinsale) and their two sons become targets.


The Divide
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 110 min
Genre(s): Horror
Director: Xavier Gens
Stars: Lauren German, Jennifer Blanc, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia

The Buzz
The Divine is not for the faint-hearted. After an explosion outside of New York City a group of apartment survivors find themselves secured in the basement with their superintendent Michael Biehn. But with limited food, water and lack of washrooms, almost puts TV’s Survivor to shame as the group deteriorates mentally and physically from cabin fever, radiation sickness.


Joyful Noise
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 117 min
Genre(s): Comedy, Music
Director: Todd Graff
Stars: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Kris Kristofferson

The Buzz
Two strong-minded women forced to cooperate when tough times in a small town in Georgia lead to budget problems that threaten to shut down the choir.

 


The Iron Lady
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 105 min
Genre(s): Drama, Biography
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown

The Buzz
This surprisingly insightful portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) shows an extraordinary yet complex woman and her rise through the class and gender barriers to become one of the most powerful persons in the male-dominated world of politics. Meryl Streep is yet again trawling for awards hardware and should be the odds on favorite.

Limited Release

Albatross
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 90 min
Genre(s): Drama
Director: Niall MacCormick
Stars: Felicity Jones, Jessica Brown Findlay, Sebastian Koch, Julia Ormond

The Buzz
A family’s world is turned upside down when the beautiful and rebellious girl enters their lives.  Such an original idea, right after young boy finds a sword and achieves greatness.  The only thing more mediocre than the plot is probably the whole movie.


Don’t Go in the Woods
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 110 min
Genre(s): Horror, Musical
Director: Vincent D’Onofrio
Stars: Bo Boddie, Eric Bogosian, Gwynn Galitzer, Tim Lajcik

The Buzz
It’s a horror musical, what could ever go wrong?  The director certainly has the chops to do it in front of the camera, but maybe he should have chosen something a bit more straight forward for his directorial debut.  Either way it will be horrific and comical.


Loosies
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 89 min
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Michael Corrente
Stars: Peter Facinelli, Jaimie Alexander, Michael Madsen, Vincent Gallo

The Buzz
A pickpocket must re-evaluate his life when he finds out he is going to be a father. Overly ambitious and short on delivery.

 


We Need to Talk About Kevin
Rated: R
Runtime: 112 min
Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell

The Buzz
The touching story about a mother and her sociopathic son, wait… ?!?  The word Hitchcockian has been bandied about this film. OK, it hasn’t I made it up, but that’s the level the film is aiming for and it mostly achieves it.  In the parts where it doesn’t live up to its lofty aspirations Tilda Swinton carries it until it finds it path again. Remember mother dealing with sociopathic son, not a feel good movie.

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Opening this week are Beauty and the Beast 3D, Contraband, The Divide, Joyful Noise and The Iron Lady. Beauty and the Beast 3D (3D re-release) Rated: The Iron Lady G Runtime: 84 Genre(s): Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance Directors: Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise Stars: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach The Buzz Disney’s 3D re-release...