Film Reviews for Sophisticated Cinephiles

A movie review podcast hosted by Hollywood critics, Les Roberts and Ann Elder. Each episode contains an in depth analysis of a chosen film. Les and Ann's Hollywood experience gives them the insight to discuss plot, script, casting, and whatever else you might want to know!

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"Beauty and the Beast"

Review Summary: Ann and Les loved the direction, score, and lead performers in the rendition of the old fairy tale even though it wasn't quite as brilliant as they had hoped.

Plot Summary: This is a retelling of the old fairy tale in which a prince is cursed and turned into an ugly beast and all of his servants are transformed into inanimate objects; the only way to unlock the curse is True Love's Kiss. Runtime 129 minutes.

Director: Bill Condon

Writer: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

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