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Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. 5. The Devil's Candy Sean Byrne’s long-awaited follow-up to his 2009 debut The Loved Ones forsakes the copious bloodletting and pitch-black humor of the earlier film for a haunted-house and devil-possession mash-up that focuses more on psychological terrors than merely physical ones. More than just a clever genre mash-up,...
Beauty and the Beast Directed by Bill Condon Opens March 17 It’s a tale as old as time, or at least as old as Prince of Tides—Beauty and the Beast’s fellow nominee for the Best Picture of 1991 at the Academy Awards. That year’s animated story of a beautiful woman who falls for a cursed, beastly man dates back much further, of course, but the new semi-live-action version of Beauty and the Beast isn’t retelling an old...
Beauty and the Beast (1946) Directed by Jean Cocteau The enjoyable paradox at the center of Cocteau’s cinema is the sense that his films are both defiantly otherworldly yet utterly handmade, most evident in his most famous work. The opening confirms Cocteau’s awareness of the dichotomy, as he begs the audience to conjure the lost childhood innocence with which they can properly be induced into the fairy tale, all while the credits are written out in...

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