The week's best movie is a timeless classic - and almost old enough to buy alcohol.
First released in 1991, Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" remains a brilliant, funny and emotionally rich movie. The "tale as old as time," of the yearning Belle (voiced by Paige O'Hara) learning to love and be loved by a melancholy beast (voiced by Robby Benson), has great characters, strong animation and some of the best musical numbers ever put to film. (Admit it, you're humming "Be Our Guest" right now, aren't you?) This week's re-release, in digital 3-D, is a great chance to be bowled over by its charms all over again. (The movie is accompanied by a short, "Tangled Ever After," a follow-up to Disney's 2010 Rapunzel story.)
Among the new films, there are slim pickings, though the thriller "Contraband" is a fun ride. Mark Wahlberg plays a retired smuggler who is forced back into the game for one more run, to get his idiot brother-in-law (Caleb Landry Jones) out of trouble with a ruthless drug thug (Giovanni Ribisi). The action is pleasantly gritty, even if the plot veers sharply toward the ridiculous toward the end.