little women first look

Little Women is one of the all-time classic American stories, so it makes sense that it’s being adapted into a television series by the…BBC? Well, not that much sense, but the British TV network excels in churning out high-quality period dramas, which bodes well for the new Little Women, especially since it has to live up to the defining  adaptation, the 1994 film starring Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, and Christian Bale at their ’90s wunderkind peaks.

BBC One and PBS’ Masterpiece’s TV adaptation doesn’t have quite the big-name cast that the 1994 Little Women had, but in the Little Women first look, it seems that they’ve captured the loveliness and charm of the novel.

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The start of Sundance means there’s heavy focus on indie films, but meanwhile the big-budget blockbuster sequel types are making news as well. After the jump:

  • See a whole bunch of stills from A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Watch a “Recovered File” from the Paranormal Activity 4 DVD
  • Now Mark Wahlberg says Transformers 4 will be a reboot
  • Here’s what Klingons will look like in Star Trek Into Darkness

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All of the disappointments of Paranormal Activity 4 boil down to one thing: This is a franchise that’s forgotten what made it so special in the first place. The original Paranormal Activity was terrifying not because it had expensive special effects or excessive amounts of gore, but because director Oren Peli expertly stretched the tension to the point where the softest creak of a door hinge could make us jump. 2 and 3 dialed the scares up a notch and expanded on the mythology, but that delicious suspense at the core remained the same.

In contrast, I don’t think I’ve ever been as relaxed during a horror movie as I was during Paranormal Activity 4. The scares are theoretically bigger and badder this time around, but sloppy storytelling from directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman undermines any impact they might’ve had. After three great installments, the little low-budget horror series that could has finally lost its way.

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