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Long Wait for Sequel ’300: Rise of an Empire’ Is Not in Vain

Long Wait for Sequel ’300: Rise of an Empire’ Is Not in Vain

| March 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

For those worried that 300: Rise of an Empire could never live up to 300, fear not.

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‘Her’ is an original boy meets girl story worth falling in love with

‘Her’ is an original boy meets girl story worth falling in love with

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Romance and love stories have present in entertainment since the dawn of entertainment and as such, we have all likely seen many versions. Whether it’s ‘boy meets girl’, ‘girl meets boy’ or any other variation, love stories can be a go-to format regardless of which medium an artist is working in. While this benefits us with a good starting point when trying to create something new, it often leaves the final product feeling rather unoriginal. Thankfully this is not the case with Spike Jonze’s latest directorial effort, Her.

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Action-packed “Lone Survivor” takes you into battle

Action-packed “Lone Survivor” takes you into battle

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ruling through force is a sizable chunk of what war is all about. But can a war movie rule purely through force? Peter Berg’s new film, “Lone Survivor,” suggests that it can — if said force generates an experience so real you’d swear you were dressed in camo, tracking every micro-movement in the foliage around you.

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Escape into the movies with breath-taking ‘Gravity’

Escape into the movies with breath-taking ‘Gravity’

| October 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

It should be said first that “Gravity” is one of the most visually and technically impressive films I have ever seen. Throughout “Gravity,” Cuaron utilizes the camera in ways that would not work if this were taking place anywhere other than outer space, moving around characters and their environment in a manner that would be intensely distracting or disorienting if done in a restaurant or someone’s apartment.

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‘Rush’ finds thrills in racing rivalry

‘Rush’ finds thrills in racing rivalry

| September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ron Howard’s “Rush” is a thrill ride, but not in the way you’d typically expect from racing films. When it comes to movies about races, the surface has only been scratched when it comes to a true story about the personal lives of the professional racers and just how risky the sport is for all involved, but “Rush” excels at showing just how big both the personal and professional stakes are when it comes to racing.

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‘Don Jon’ is comedic & romantic, but is the anti-Hollywood romantic comedy

‘Don Jon’ is comedic & romantic, but is the anti-Hollywood romantic comedy

| September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ten minutes into “Don Jon” and I was ready to walk out. I was disgusted — is this barrage of sexual images and vulgar jokes really what I had signed up for from the usually sweet and charming Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Fortunately, I stuck it out and because I did, I was treated to one of the most refreshing takes on relationships, and ironically, the importance of realistic expectations. “Don Jon” is like the Guido-version of “Pride & Prejudice.”

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‘Elysium’ stuns with political message and breath-taking visuals

‘Elysium’ stuns with political message and breath-taking visuals

| August 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

We’ve all sat around and wondered just what the world would be like in the next 100 years. How will technology advance? What health advances can we make? Will be exploring the stars? On the surface, “Elysium” is a science fiction fantasy that stargazes and dreams up answers to these futuristic questions. The dream is breath-taking and fascinating to watch unfurl on screen. Yet while the dream life on Elysium is beautiful, also wrapped in this story is a very dark, real and present drama regarding global healthcare and immigration issues.

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‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ risks major departure from the books

‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ risks major departure from the books

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

You may have heard the Percy Jackson series touted as the next “Harry Potter” but with Greek myths instead of magic. And while the first Percy Jackson film adaptation was fun with a strong cast, it never really seemed like any real competition to Harry Potter. I must admit, I was a little surprised when the sequel, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” was announced with a mostly returning cast. Would this film be able to deliver? Sort of.

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‘Fruitvale Station’ provides gripping look into young man’s tragic, final hours

‘Fruitvale Station’ provides gripping look into young man’s tragic, final hours

| July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Fruitvale Station” is first-time director Ryan Coogler’s fictional take on Oscar Grant’s last 24 hours leading up to his tragic death. Grant is played by relative newcomer Michael B. Jordan (hopefully you saw him in “Chronicle”) who does an almost perfect job of portraying a character who is trying so hard to do good but only because of the poor decisions he’s trying to leave behind and those affected by them.

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‘The Conjuring’ casts a delightfully creepy tale

‘The Conjuring’ casts a delightfully creepy tale

| July 19, 2013 | 1 Comments

“The Conjuring” is like the smart, creeping horror of the “Exorcist” mixed with the modern thrills of “Paranormal Activity” and the good half of “Insidious.”

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