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

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Mar 21, 2014

“I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and honest, and kind.” –Four in Divergent

Lionsgate Films and Summit Entertainment aren’t novices when producing novel turned film adaptations. The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games films broke box office records and are considered wildly popular among teens and young adults. The studio is hoping to have the same success with Divergent so they can then make another two or three films to follow.

Coming from someone who has read Divergent and Insurgent (I’m getting ready to read Allegiant), I’m hoping this first film does well, so I can see the story …

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‘Nymphomaniac Volume I’ Review: Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin & Shia LaBeouf

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Mar 20, 2014

Director and writer Lars von Trier (2011’s Melancholia) uses his distinctive grim-like storytelling as we follow a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, who recounts her erotic experiences to a man after he has saved her from an aggressive beating.

Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) has just discovered Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) nearly beaten to death in the streets of London. When he says he will call for an ambulance, she tells him not to bother, but requests a cup of tea with some milk instead. Puzzled by her response and knowing that Joe needs serious help, Seligman takes her back to his place and looks after her. …

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‘Veronica Mars’ Review: Starring Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring & Enrico Colantoni

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Mar 14, 2014

It’s here y’all. After finishing a complete binge watching of the entire Veronica Mars series only a few weeks ago, I’ve been counting down the days for this fan kickstarter film to be released. Die-hard VM fans have been waiting for this day since 2007, when the show shockingly ended after only three seasons. What was worse is that the finale of season three was one of the most disappointing and bland finales in TV history, leaving several questions unanswered.

We fans have been waiting to see if Veronica ever did take on a career with the FBI, where Wallace and …

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Review: Starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori & Saoirse Ronan

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Mar 13, 2014

Is there a more picturesque and articulate director working today than Wes Anderson? Wes Anderson’s movies always bring me joy, from the interesting characters he creates to the visionary cinematography and filmography he uses to make the movie. 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom was not only one of the best films of that year but the most romantic and sweetest film Anderson has ever made. The eclectic group of characters he created in The Royal Tenenbaums was pure genius and the lovely underwater landscapes in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou were just as memorable.

Anderson tends to focus on one or two …

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‘Need For Speed’ Review: Starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots & Dominic Cooper

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Mar 13, 2014

Need For Speed transcends everything I thought a video game adaptation film could be. Yes, there are a lot of car chases, car crashes, a few explosions and even a scene right out of the actual video game where a helicopter picks up a sports car. But underlying all of those stereotypical scenes that we crave in an action-adventure picture like this one, is an interesting story that unfolds quite nicely as we follow our lead character (played impressively by Aaron Paul) and understand his drive (pun intended) in seeking revenge.

After being released from a two-year stint in prison, streetcar …

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Advance Screening Passes Giveaway!

Posted in Lauren's Blog by - Mar 07, 2014
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Advance Screening Passes Giveaway!

Hi all! I have 30 Admit-2 passes to a DC advance screening of Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson. Click the link below to get the passes!

DC Screening
Monday, March 10
7:30pm
Landmark E Street
*Passes are first-come, first-serve

Synopsis: The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story …

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‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’ Review: Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles & Ariel Winter

Posted in Film, Reviews by - Mar 06, 2014

“Why can’t children be simple?” asks Mr. Peabody. Leonardo da Vinci responds, “Children are not machines Peabody! I tried to build one, it was creepy.”

DreamWorks Animation’s newest film is based off of the short segments titled, “Peabody’s Improbable History” that aired during “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” in the 1960s. Directed by Rob Minkoff, who hasn’t made an animated film since 1994’s The Lion King, Mr. Peabody and Sherman tells the story of a genius dog and his adoptive son.

Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) is the smartest and most accomplished dog in the world. He lives in a New …

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