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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife

    ★★★

    The book was better.

    Now that that is out of the way, that isn't to say this movie didn't have its merits. It did a good job of condensing what was in the book into this movie to create a linear timeline of their romance.

    But they really only went skin deep with the characters. They lacked completion and real conflict, unlike their book counterparts. Honestly, as characters they were pretty bland, and lacked the sass and fire of the…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★

    I don't know what it was about this live-action remake. Maybe it was how they smoothed out the inconsistencies of its animated version. Or maybe it was how they really fleshed out the characters with backstory and accompanying musical numbers. Perhaps it was the subtle touches that were inspired by the musical. Or perhaps it was how they linked back to the original fairy tale.

    Or just maybe, it was simply Emma Watson playing a role she was probably born…

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  • The Prince of Egypt

    The Prince of Egypt

    ★★★

    This is really a poor man's, cheap knock-off of 'The Ten Commandments' except without the poor voice acting. And given that I grew up watching 'The Ten Commandments' I can't even give it kid-friendly kudos.

    The one thing that this movie did wonderfully though was the music. From the opening number to the beautifully big pop piece, it really was made to match the majesty of the story.

    So despite a weak presentation, I'd still call it an enjoyable experience.

  • Legends of the Fall

    Legends of the Fall

    ★★½

    'It was a good death.'

    Death was a strong theme in this movie. Death as a beginning, death as a catalyst, death as all things end.

    But while it doesn't trivialize death, it does tend to overplay it towards the end. As if it ran out of ideas two-thirds of the way into it.

    At least the sweeping music and even more beautiful scenery made up for a ploddingly tiresome and melodramatic tale.