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saw: beauty and the beast

By today's overproduced standards, 1992's Beauty and the Beast is a humble affair, its charms quaint and intimate. Straining to recognize them in Disney's latest and most literal live-action de-imagining is like searching for a whisper above the roar of several Boeing 747s. Director Bill Condon's heavy-handed approach to nostalgia is to truss it up in rouge, fuss and feathers. It's like someone took those old Golan-Globus Cannon Movie Tales from the 1980s and scaled them up with $160 million of unlaundered money. Grade: B-

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