‘Insurgent’ Review: Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James & Kate Winslet

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Mar 20, 2015

In a sea of several Young Adult dystopian future novels turned movies is Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. Not quite as powerful or emotionally raw as Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series, but more on the same level as James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, the Divergent series is about a young woman who is learning how to survive and protect others like her even after she’s lost and suffered endlessly.

Set in post-apocalyptic Chicago, Insurgent picks up right where Divergent ends. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) and her boyfriend Four (Theo James) have just escaped the city after they’ve learned that Erudite leader …

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‘Cinderella’ Review: Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett & Richard Madden

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Mar 12, 2015

Walt Disney’s live-action Cinderella is everything fans of the beloved fairy tale want and more. It’s magical, colorful, beautiful, exciting and leaves the audience with an encouraging and important message of kindness and courage.

Considering how much the “Cinderella” story has been told on screen, from the 1997 made for TV movie with Whitney Houston to 1998’s Ever After with Drew Barrymore and 2004’s A Cinderella Story starring Hilary Duff, it was refreshing to see that Walt Disney Pictures and director Kenneth Branagh (2014’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) paired up to create a film for the new generation.

Lily James and Cate …

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‘Focus’ Review: Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie & Rodrigo Santoro

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Feb 26, 2015
‘Focus’ Review: Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie & Rodrigo Santoro

A mix of the Thomas Crown Affair and Ocean’s Eleven, Focus is a surprisingly fun flick that’s outrageous in its plot twists and thrills in the best way possible. Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love.) give us a fun heist story while Will Smith and Margot Robbie elevate the plot with their electric chemistry.

Veteran con man Nicky (Will Smith) meets and takes amateur con artist Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. Nicky introduces Jess into the world of conning, from pick pocketing to bigger cons involving gambling and major theft. When the two become romantically involved, …

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Review: Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan & Jennifer Ehle

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Feb 12, 2015

After years of going back and forth between studios, casting drop-outs and rumored feuding between the author and director during production, one of the year’s most anticipated films is finally here. Based on the wildly popular erotic novel by E. L. James, that originally started off as Twilight fan fiction, Fifty Shades of Grey aims to please fans of the book, even if it may not be able to draw in new fans that aren’t quite as familiar with the story.

English literature major Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) meets young billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) when she goes to interview him …

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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Review: Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson & Taron Egerton

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Feb 12, 2015

The best way to describe director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service is to say its an exciting spy film for the younger generation with the storyline of a James Bond film mixed with the violent but expertly choreographed action sequences of a Raid film. A fun film for lovers of the spy genre, violent action flicks and Colin Firth fans, Kingsman is the most fun to be had in a movie theatre so far this year.

Based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Secret Service first introduces us to Harry Hart (Colin Firth), an …

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‘Project Almanac’ Review: Starring Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia & Sam Lerner

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Jan 29, 2015

After 1999’s The Blair Witch Project and 2007’s wildly successful Paranormal Activity, followed by 2008’s Cloverfield, found-footage style filmmaking has become a growing trend in movies today. Time-travel has also become a huge topic among movies in recent years. Rian Johnson’s incredible Looper was one of the best of 2012, with the romantic About Time following in 2013 and even Ethan Hawke starring as a time traveler in Predestination, which was released earlier this month.

First-time feature filmmaker Dean Israelite pairs found-footage with time travel and what we get is a story about a lot of dumb teenagers that’s not completely …

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‘Cake’ Review: Starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza & Anna Kendrick

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Jan 22, 2015

A story about tremendous loss, heartbreak, addiction, forgiveness and recovery, Cake is a beautiful and inspiring film driven by a note-worthy performance from Jennifer Aniston.

Director Daniel Barnz’s (2012’s Won’t Back Down) film follows Claire (Jennifer Aniston), a woman who suffers from chronic pain from an injury that happened years ago. Claire attends a weekly support group led by stern yet hopeful Annette (Felicity Huffman), that was recommended by her doctor in order to help her grieve and recover.

Claire’s husband (Chris Messina) left her after her unwillingness to get better and her alienation from the world, so Claire depends on her …

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