Weekly Sky Cinema Premieres (17th – 23rd December)

Since I don’t get to the cinema to see new releases that often anymore, this is my new weekly feature reviewing the latest releases on Sky Cinema Premiere (and in turn, Now TV). I will write a short review and rating for each of the films that I have watched and then give you the details for the ones that I didn’t get a chance to see.

This week’s feature sees the release of How To Get Girls, Christmas On Holly Lane, Beauty And The Beast, Coming Home For Christmas, Ready Player One, Blockers, and Mary Magdalene.

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12 Days of Christmas 2018 – Advent For Toddlers

Following on from my 25 Days Of Christmas Advent For Families, I also wanted to make a list of Christmas films that are more suitable for toddlers. My boy is 22 months old and is starting to get an idea of what Christmas is about, so I’m planning on watching a Christmas film with him every day so that I can teach him more about Santa and the festive season.

Sadly, if you’re avoiding TV specials of Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol because you watch enough of them already, there really aren’t that many films out there that are made especially for younger audiences. So here’s a short list of what’s available on TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky Cinema and NowTV over the following month (December 2018), showcasing the best Christmas films for toddlers for those who are looking for simpler animations to teach your little ones about the magic of Christmas.

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Film Review: Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Directed by Bill Condon and a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1991 animated film, which is an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont‘s 18th-century fairy tale, Beauty And The Beast follows a selfish prince (Dan Stevens) who is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love. When a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, Belle (Emma Watson) enters his enchanted castle, Beast takes her prisoner. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

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Actor Ranked: Emma Watson

Released in cinemas today, Emma Watson stars in the psychological thriller, Regression, alongside Ethan Hawke in one of her most hard-hitting roles to date.

She may be most recognisable role for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, but let’s take a look at some of her other fantastic performances over the year.

Here is my ranking of her performances (not of the films themselves) to date:

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Emma Watson Cast As Belle In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty And The Beast’

(Written for Filmoria)

Emma Watson has confirmed that she is going to be the lead in Disney’s upcoming live-action version of the classic fairytale, Beauty And The Beast.

Set to be directed by Twilight: Breaking Dawn’s Bill Condon, the film will apparently stick really close to the original 1991 animated film, which was a huge box-office success and the first animated film to be nominated for the best picture Oscar.

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Guillermo Del Toro To Direct Emma Watson In A Retelling Of ‘Beauty And The Beast’

(Written for BritScene)

We have seen a number of re-imaginations of children’s fairytales lately, with Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland in 2010 and Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood in 2011, and we can expect to see many more classics being retold in a darker context over the next couple of years, including Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White and Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012, and in 2013 with Jack The Giant Killer and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

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New Poster for The ‘Beauty and The Beast’ 3D Release

(Written for HeyUGuys)

After the massive success of Lion King‘s 3D re-release this year, which made more than $80m over in the States alone, Disney and Pixar were prompted to report that they would be converting four more animated classics into 3D – Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, Monsters Inc, and Beauty and the Beast.

This week, a poster for the next conversion in line, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, has been released online, showing the most memorable scene where Belle and the Beast first fall in love, with their magical ornament friends watching over them.

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Not-So-Childish Fairytales

With two of the most recent films being advertised on TV at the minute, it seems that everyone is having a shot at taking a famed fairytale and putting an adult twist on it to make it their own.

Red Riding Hood, currently being shown in UK cinemas, is based on the classic Little Red Riding Hood. Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter. Directed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke, Red Riding Hood follows a very similar storyline to Bella Swan’s vampire/werewolf love triangle. Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is torn between two men; she is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). But which is the feared werewolf that threatens the village?

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