‘Beauty and the Beast’
(PG; 129 minutes; Walt Disney): This is a live-action remake of Disney’s classic animated tale of a beautiful young woman taken prisoner by a beast in his castle, but she learns to look past his beastly exterior and fall in love with his kind heart and soul (he did imprison her, right?). Most people felt it was fine, but prefer the 1991 cartoon. Emma Watson stars as Belle and Dan Stevens is the beast. It also stars Kevin Kline, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellan and Emma Thompson.
‘A United Kingdom’
(Unrated; 111 minutes; Harbinger): An inspiring movie based on the true events surrounding the relationship of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), the King of Botswana, and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a London office worker. The two fall in love but their biracial union is looked down on by their families and also the British and South African governments. But they don’t care – they’re in love!
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‘Land of Mine’
(R; 110 minutes; Sony): A very well-reviewed film about true events following World War II, when a group of surrendered German soldiers were ordered by Allied forces to remove their own land mines from the coast of Denmark.
‘The Last Word’
(R; 107 minutes; Bleeker): I’m surprised this one didn’t get better reviews, but with Shirley MacLaine in the lead, I’d still wager it’s a decent rental. MacLaine plays a once successful (but mean) businesswoman who suddenly realizes that when she dies, no one will say anything nice about her. So she gets a young writer (Amanda Seyfried) to help her write her advance obit, which leads to some last-minute life changes in order to leave behind a nicer legacy. AnnJewel Lee Dixon plays a little girl MacLaine’s character mentors.
‘The Sense of an Ending’
(PG-13; 108 minutes; CBS Films): Jim Broadbent plays the reclusive Tony Webster, whose long-buried secrets force him to face his flawed past, the truth about his first love (played by Charlotte Rampling) and the devastating consequences of mistakes he made as a younger man. Critics called it “gripping.”
‘A Cure For Wellness’
(R; 146 minutes; Twentieth Century Fox): In this strange psychological thriller, a young executive (Dane Dehaan) is sent to a mysterious “wellness center” in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company’s CEO, who checked in and never checked out. Things get more and more weird and the young man begins to feel as if he’s losing his mind. Will he also be trapped there forever? Directed by Gore Verbinski.
Also out June 6
- “Aftermath” (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger)
- “All Nighter”
- “Enter the Warriors Gate”
- “Kill ’Em All”
- “The Assignment”
- “The Ticket”
- “The Young Pope: Season 1”
- “Van Helsing: Season 1”
- “Voice from the Stone”