This week in theaters we have yet another Disney remake of a beloved classic, "Beauty and the Beast", starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. We also have "The Belko Experiment", a corporate Battle Royale written by James Gunn of "Guardians of the Galaxy fame. In limited release we have Danny Boyle's first-ever sequel "T2: Trainspotting" and Terrence Malick's new all-star drama "Song To Song".
Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. "Beauty and the Beast" is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar (R) winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle's eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston's long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe (R) nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award (R) winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts. Directed by Oscar (R) winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, "Beauty and the Beast" is produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (R) (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.
- Director: Bill Condon
- Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
- Genre: Family, Fantasy, Musical
- Running Time: 129 min.
- Rating: PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images
- Rottentomatoes: 71% (142 fresh, 58 rotten, score: 6.7/10)
- Metacritic: 65 out of 100 (29 positive, 16 mixed, 1 negative).
THE BELKO EXPERIMENT
In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.
- Director: Greg McLean
- Starring: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker
- Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
- Running Time: 88 min.
- Rating: R for strong bloody violence throughout, language including sexual references, and some drug use
- Rottentomatoes: 49% (21 fresh, 22 rotten, score: 5.3/10)
- Metacritic: 43 out of 100 (4 positive, 6 mixed, 7 negative).
First there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home.They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.
- Director: Danny Boyle
- Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle
- Genre: Drama
- Running Time: 117 min.
- Rating: R for drug use, language throughout, strong sexual content, graphic nudity and some violence
- Rottentomatoes: 76% (90 fresh, 29 rotten, score: 6.8/10)
- Metacritic: 64 out of 100 (14 positive, 14 mixed, 0 negative).
SONG TO SONG
In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples--struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman)--chase success through a rock 'n' roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.
- Director: Terrence Malick
- Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Berenice Marlohe, Val Kilmer
- Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
- Running Time: 129 min.
- Rating: R for some sexuality, nudity, drug use and language
- Rottentomatoes: 61% (23 fresh, 15 rotten, score: 6.2/10)
- Metacritic: 52 out of 100 (9 positive, 10 mixed, 2 negative).