Screened Out – The Finest Hours

By : Stephen Miller
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Chris Evans, Casey Affleck, Holliday Grainger, Ben Foster, Eric Bana

It is considered the US Coast Guard’s most daring rescue – a “suicide mission” to save nearly 30 men. A horrible winter storm was tearing up the Massachusetts coast, and a huge oil tanker had torn in half.

Disney does the Disney thing bringing this heroic story to life, adding neat-o 1950s art direction, a swell score, great visuals, action, romance and bravado. Sure, the ship runs into a few clichés, but it’s a sight better than most January releases.

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Screened Out – Cinderella

By : Stephen Miller
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Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Stellan Skarsgård, Hayley Atwell, Ben Chaplin, Derek Jacobi

Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella walks the line between the fantasy of the Disney animated version and the realism of Ever After. Disney also produces this retelling; it’s charming, sumptuous, and extraordinarily well acted, even as it eschews taking any risks whatsoever.

There’s just enough sparkle here to make this a perfect family flick. Disney chose this as their spring break film; that was a smart marketing choice.

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