Master Pancake: The movie mockers are joined by special guests Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu (“The Mads” from Mystery Science Theater 3000). Bring a DVD or Blu-ray and if it gets picked, the crew will mock it on the spot.
Master Pancake: The TV Edition: The movie mockers are joined by special guests Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu (“The Mads” from Mystery Science Theater 3000). Bring a DVD of a television show and if it gets picked, the crew will mock it on the spot.
Rated PG-13, 126 min. Directed by Luc Besson. Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovavich, Ian Holm, Brion James, Chris Tucker, Lee Evans, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Tricky and Luke Perry.
Movie Party: Besson's smart editing and sly sense of humor keep this sci-fi epic from bogging down. Despite a grim storyline, the film never takes itself too seriously. Cap guns (not lasers) will be provided. Read a full review of The Fifth Element.
Rated PG-13, 122 min. Directed by Xavier Beauvois. Starring Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin, Loïc Pichon, Xavier Maly, Olivier Perrier, Jean-Marie Frin and Abdelhafid Metalsi.
Rated PG, 129 min. Directed by Bill Condon. Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald and Ian McKellen.
This live-action reboot of Walt Disney Studio’s watershed 1991 animated film musical inspires both imagination and cynicism. But beneath the brilliance of its execution, a certain familiarity breeds contempt. Despite the updating of certain elements of the Disneyfied adaptation of the classic story, which now features a gay supporting character and a much darker third act, this is pretty much the same movie released by the same studio just a little more than a quarter of a century ago.
The movie largely succeeds due to the guiding talent of director Bill Condon. As in the 1991 film, the centerpiece number here is “Be Our Guest,” a razzle-dazzler that pops off the screen. As for the titular romantic leads, both Watson and Stevens manage to make the roles their own. Without question, kids and their adults will love this critic-proof movie, regardless of the number of times they’ve already seen it before. Read a full review of Beauty and the Beast.