'Beastly' -- 3 stars

PG-13; 1:28 running time The first good movie of the new year happens to be a "tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme." "Beastly" is a high school nonmusical update of "Beauty and the Beast." Witty, warm, well-cast and often wickedly funny, it lets Vanessa Hudgens shine and Alex Pettyfer give a hint of what all the fuss over him is about. Pettyfer is spot-perfect playing handsome, vain and cruel Kyle, the son of a rich TV anchor (Peter Krause) who taught him that "people like people who look good." Thus, Kyle's lifelong aversion to "hatchet faces, guts with butts" and "fattycakes." But Kyle, the arrogant king of Buckston Academy, is playing with fire when he taunts the school's resident witch. -- Roger Moore Read the full review
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