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Rated PG-13 · 123 minutes · 2013

Fantasy, Romance
It had an ignoble opening weekend—the kind that threatens the existence of a franchise—but Beautiful Creatures is smarter, more fun and flat-out better than the Twilight movies it hoped to cash in on. Though it may not get that chance since studios pull wide releases out of theaters quickly once they tank, this film presents very similar circumstances—the awkwardness of teenage love wrapped into a conflict between supernatural families and a small-minded small town—but does so with more flair. Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) hates his hick town of Gatlin, S.C. Then Lena (Alice Englert) shows up. She’s different … because she’s a witch (or “caster”). And there are powerful sects fighting for Lena’s soul, a war that will be settled for good on her upcoming 16th birthday. Jeremy Irons steals the show as Lena’s dandy uncle, with a drawl so showy it belongs in Django Unchained.


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Official Site: beautifulcreatures.warnerbros.com
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Producer: Erwin Stoff, Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Molly Smith, David Valdes and Yolanda Cochran
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson, Eileen Atkins, Margo Martindale, Zoey Deutch, Tiffany Boone, Rachel Brosnahan, Kyle Gallner, Pruitt Vince, Robin Skye and Randy Redd

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Colorado Springs Independent Beautiful bland creatures: Beautiful Creatures This whole paranormal and/or apocalyptic teen romance sub-genre that appears to have taken over young-adult literature, movies and the world? It needs to die. by Scott Renshaw 02/13/2013
Portland Mercury Bizarro Hermione Beautiful Creatures is the best Twilight yet! by Elinor Jones 02/13/2013
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Charleston City Paper Beautiful Creatures prefers bland melodrama over subversiveness Beautiful Creatures is only the latest example of what happens when one of the many possible rich allegories for adolescent anxiety and alienation gets blown up past the point where it's possible to care about anyone involved. by Scott Renshaw 02/13/2013
Creative Loafing Tampa Beautiful Creatures, so-so results The YA novel transitions to the big screen looking to bottle some of Twilight’s box-office mojo. by Anthony Salveggi 02/14/2013

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