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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Di­rec­tor Bill Con­don seems to call on his col­lec­tive ex­pe­ri­ence di­rect­ing Gods and Mon­sters, Dream­girls, and some Twi­light films to ef­fec­tively imag­ine Dis­ney’s 1991 an­i­mated fairy tale as a Gothic mu­si­cal hor­ror­ro­mance. Emma Wat­son steps into the role of the book­worm Belle, who is im­pris­oned by the Beast (Dan Stevens) in his cas­tle. Un­be­knownst to her, if she falls in love with him, she will re­lease him and his friends from a curse. Luke Evans cuts a de­li­cious vil­lain as Gas­ton, and Emma Thomp­son, Ewan McGre­gor, and Ian McKellen voice some of the Beast’s mag­i­cal knick-knacks. The story hews so closely to the an­i­mated orig­i­nal — which is more charm­ing and con­cise — that this re­make doesn’t fully val­i­date its ex­is­tence, aside from serv­ing as a li­cense for Dis­ney to print money. This won’t mat­ter to the core au­di­ence, how­ever, who will adore the clas­sic-Hol­ly­wood ex­trav­a­gance and the crowd­pleas­ing fi­nale. Rated PG. 129 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Robert Ker)

BORN IN CHINA

The lat­est pic­ture by Dis­ney­na­ture, the film im­print that takes of­ten-in­cred­i­ble nature footage and con­veys the lives of wild an­i­mals with kid-friendly nar­ra­tive sto­ry­telling, re­turns for its an­nual re­lease, which is usu­ally sched­uled around Earth Day. This time, the film­mak­ers head to China, where they look at sev­eral young an­i­mals — a panda bear cub, a two-year-old golden mon­key, and a fam­ily of snow leop­ards — as they grow and make their way in the world. John Krasin­ski nar­rates. Rated G. 76 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

THE BOSS BABY

In this an­i­mated com­edy, Alec Bald­win voices the ti­tle char­ac­ter, who is also the cut­throat CEO of the Baby Cor­po­ra­tion. Boss Baby forms a re­luc­tant al­liance with his jeal­ous older brother (Miles Christo­pher Bak­shi) when they un­cover a das­tardly plot by Fran­cis E. Fran­cis (Steve Buscemi), the CEO of Puppy Co., to desta­bi­lize the bal­ance of love in the world. Rated PG. 97 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE

As fans of the enig­matic art­house film­maker David Lynch gear up for the big re­turn of his tele­vi­sion se­ries Twin Peaks this May, they can tide them­selves over with this doc­u­men­tary. It fo­cuses on his early years in life, as he de­scribes some for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ences and of­fers in­sight into how he gained his per­spec­tive on the world. The doc­u­men­tary fo­cuses not only on Lynch’s work as a di­rec­tor but also on his paint­ing and mu­sic-mak­ing. Not rated. 90 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Not re­viewed)

THE FATE OF THE FU­RI­OUS

In the crew of his star­ship En­ter­prise, Star Trek cre­ator Gene Rod­den­berry sought to rep­re­sent the var­ied peo­ples of planet Earth, along with a few other life forms.

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