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‘Beauty and the Beast’ exceeds expectations

It’s been 26 years since Disney released its animated classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” and now, we are once again invited to relax and pull up a chair as the company proudly presents a stunning live-action remake of the movie. “Beauty and the Beast,” based on the original French fairy tale of the same name written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, is about a beautiful girl, named Belle, who agrees to trade places with her father after he is taken prisoner for trying to steal a rose from the Beast’s garden. The Beast, however, is actually a prince who...

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A cultural night with Fort Myers Film Festival

A night of film, culture and community was held this weekend in Fort Myers with their seventh annual film festival. The festival, which went from March 8 to 12 and was held at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and Imaginarium, captivated audience members from the red carpet roll out to the final film screening. The doors opened at 5:30 p.m. to a room filled not only with Fort Myers natives, but with domestic and international filmmakers, and NBC2s anchor Chad Oliver, who hosted...

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MTV Movie Awards to include television honors

MTV is expanding its annual Movie Awards to include honors for TV series for the first time in 25 years. Now named MTV Movie & TV Awards, MTV will air the awards show live from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7 at 8 p.m. Not only is MTV creating a new award show, the channel is also introducing its first-ever Movie and Television Festival outside of the venue day of the show. The festival will feature live musical acts, special guests and food. Festival attendees will also get a front row look at celebrities walking the red carpet...

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ beats out ‘Logan’ in box office

“Kong: Skull Island” is the latest release in the historic “King Kong” franchise premiering  March 10. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts delivers an action-packed, enjoyable monster flick with a movie that doesn’t try to be more than it is. The film is not overly dark, rather it’s fun and a good time all the way through. The ensemble cast of “Kong: Skull Island” is a major strength of the film. Casting did a nice job mixing older, established actors like Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly. While also including younger actors and actresses like Brie Larson, who’s gained...

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“Logan” is a cut above any other movies currently in theaters

Marvel’s newest movie, “Logan”, came out on March 3, and I’m wondering how Hugh Jackman still looks good in the year 2029. Joking aside, this movie is a must-see, especially if you’ve watched any of the “X-Men” movies and, like me, have developed a fondness for Wolverine. The movie starts out in El Paso, Texas, and we find a much older Logan going by the alias of James Howlett, driving for a company resembling Uber. If you’ve seen “The Wolverine” or any other previous X-Men movies, you’ll remember that Logan has spent much of his troubled life struggling with...

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New movies and shows on Netflix

With midterms over and Spring break starting, students have more time to relax. The most popular way to unwind after a stressful week is to catch up on Netflix. Thankfully, Netflix has added a plethora of shows and movies for the viewer’s enjoyment. The original “Jurassic Park” movies have returned, as well as the grungy mid-90s movie about teen witches, “The Craft.” The popular romantic drama, “Safe Haven,” has come back to the red screen. “Finding Dory” is also new to Netflix this month, as well as Tim Burton’s “Coraline” and Disney’s “The BFG.” Netflix’s original documentary “Five Came...

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FGCU screens ‘Todos Se Van’ at Seidler International Film Festival

On Feb. 24 FGCU held a screening of “Todos Se Van” (Everybody Leaves) as a part of FGCU’s Seidler International Film Festival. The film appeals to the writer, the daydreamer and the lost child in all of us, as the story about a young girl unfolds over the unique backdrop of post-revolutionary Cuba. In the 1950s, a young Fidel Castro working as a lawyer and activist launched an armed revolution against the authoritarian government of former Cuban President, Fulgencio Batista. Armed with militias, Castro overthrew the government and replaced it with a revolutionary socialist state before transforming into the...

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NBC’s ‘This is Us’ will make you wish you were a part of the family

Chances are, if you have had any form of social interaction within the last three or four months, you’ve heard of NBC’s new hit show “This Is Us.” Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and have missed out on this, let me fill you in. (Warning: spoilers ahead.) The first episode left some people confused as it followed what seemed to be two separate story lines — Jack (Milo Ventimiglia of “Gilmore Girls”) and Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore of “A Walk to Remember”) during the delivery of their triplets, and that of three random 30-somethings, Kate,...

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‘David Brent’ character revival boils down to ‘offensive and cringeworthy’

(Reported by Tatum Swann & Allie Taylor) Fans of the British mockumentary series “The Office” shouldn’t get too excited about the revival of Ricky Gervais’ character, David Brent. Gervais, an English comedian, actor, writer and producer (among other titles) began his foray into comedy with his appearance on “The 11 O’Clock Show” between 1998 and 2000. Gervais’ talk show “Meet Ricky Gervais” launched his career in television when he became the mainstream comedy face for BBC’s series “The Office,” followed by the 2005 show “Extras.” “Life on the Road” catches up with Gervais’ character David Brent as he follows his...

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Netflix’s ‘Abstract’ shows unique perspective on creativity

Netflix’s newest original documentary series “Abstract” was released Feb. 10. “Abstract” is an eight-episode series that focuses on the human elements of creativity, including illustrators, shoe designers, architects and many more forms of art. The show follows these visionaries through their creative processes and takes a look at how they unleash the inner-workings of their mind and how they bring them into the tangible world. “Abstract” aims to increase the appreciation people have for the everyday objects around them — showing the viewer the intent behind the objects and the interesting decision-making that goes into the development of the...

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