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Film Reviews: Beauty and the Beast, Belko Experiment, The Sense of an Ending

The Lure, My Life as a Zucchini, Daughters of the Dust


While Disney's 300-pound beast in the room might dominate the box office, Utah theaters include a restored cinematic landmark, killer mermaids and an animated Oscar nominee.

Julie Dash's 1991 Daughters of the Dust—the first film by an African-American woman director to receive U.S. distribution—gets a 25th anniversary restoration showcasing both its significance and its flaws. The freaky Polish musical-horror tale The Lure somehow takes the notion of generally-topless asexual mermaids on land, and turns it into a narrative that doesn't make a damn bit of sense.

Eric D. Snider finds Jim Broadbent's welcome lead performance the main draw of the wispy, high-minded drama The Sense of an Ending,

MaryAnn Johanson praises the deep ideas incorporated into the haunting stop-motion animation of the Oscar-nominated My Life as a Zucchini (pictured), while The Belko Experiment fails to deliver on its satirical premise.

In this week's feature review, Disney's live-action version of Beauty and the Beast can't find a worthwhile place between trying something new and cashing in on nostalgia.