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TV Review: The CW’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Misses Allure of Concept

Beauty and the Beast

CHICAGO – The foundation of a show like The CW’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a timeless one. There’s a reason so many screenwriters in film and television keep returning to the concept of brute force partnering with stunning beauty. So why did this show’s creators do so little with it? There’s no edge here. Everything has been rounded out to the point that it lacks all personality. It’s the kind of show one can barely remember watching by the time the opening credits are done on what follows it.

Blu-Ray Review: Tyler Perry’s ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’ Has Soul

I Can Do Bad All By Myself

CHICAGO – Tyler Perry has made a fortune with films that play off easy comedy and obvious moral messages. He weaves common themes into modern entertainment that usually connects with audiences but not critics. Usually. Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” surprised many of the critics who sought it out, displaying a new confidence in Perry’s direction, only held back by minor flaws that viewers will easily overlook on the home market.

Slideshow: 21-Image Gallery For ‘Fighting’ With Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard

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Star brawler Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) tries to charm Zulay Velez (Zulay Henao) in the action film Fighting.

CHICAGO – This 21-image slideshow contains the press images for Rogue Pictures’ “Fighting,” starring Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Zulay Henao, Brian White, and Luis Guzman. Written by Dito Montiel and Robert Munich and directed by Montiel, the film opens on Friday, April 24th, 2009. It is rated PG-13.

Slideshow: 4-Image Gallery From Renny Harlin’s ‘12 Rounds’ With John Cena

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John Cena as New Orleans Police Detective Danny Fisher must complete a series of near-impossible puzzles and tasks - 12 rounds to save the life of his girlfriend.

CHICAGO – This 4-image slideshow contains the press images for Fox’s “12 Rounds,” starring John Cena, Aidan Gillen, Ashley Scott, Steve Harris, and Brian White. Written by Daniel Kunka and directed by Renny Harlin, the film opens on Friday, March 27th, 2009.

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