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‘The Invitation’ is an unnerving and believable thriller

October 19, 2016

“The Invitation” is a psychological drama/thriller released to limited theaters in April 2016. Prior to this release, the film made its rounds at film festivals around the globe beginning the previous year. This micro budget movie was directed by Karyn Kusama who has previously directed “Aeon Flux” (2005) and “Jennifer’s Body” (2009).

‘The Accountant’ offers well-rounded plot, intriguing characters

October 19, 2016

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is the accountant, but who is this accountant? Acting as a small town accountant, he also freelances as an accountant for some of the most wealthy and powerful criminal organizations around the globe.

‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’ is a blast from sci-fi past

October 12, 2016

I might be an odd one saying this, but I love the old science fiction films from the 1950s and ’60s. I remember staying up late on Saturday nights to watch the show “Svengoolie” on a local TV station where they would air an old sci-fi or horror movie and provide comedic commentary during commercials.

‘The Girl on the Train’ fails to live up to hype

October 12, 2016

“The Girl on the Train” stars Emily Blunt as a very disturbed, alcoholic, depressed, recently divorced woman who rides a train every day without a destination. She rides this train every day because it passes by her old home where her ex-husband and the woman he was having an affair with now live happily in.

‘Se7en’ is a classic, but disturbing

October 5, 2016

Some movies affect you in such a drastic way that you find yourself wanting to either avoid eating for a while or finding the need to watch cat videos until you fall asleep.

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ looks good but lacks substance

October 5, 2016

After the mysterious passing of his grandfather, Jake is not sure what to do at all. He doesn’t know if he is going crazy due to seeing the odd way his grandfather died and the peculiar last words he spoke to Jake, or if it was his grandfather which was the crazy one. He decides to follow the strange clues that his grandpa left him to either put things to rest and move on, or to actually discover the wonderful things that might lie ahead.

‘The Magnificent Seven’ is a remake worth watching

September 28, 2016

Greedy, ruthless, slimy, industrialist Bartholomew Bogue and his hired guns take control of small town called Rose Creek looking to mine their gold. Desperate for help, the town seeks out some men who have the skill to drive out these men once and for all. They find a man named Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) who agrees to take on this impossible mission. His first recruit is a gunfighter named Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt). Together they round up five more talented fighters who form the Magnificent Seven.

‘Drive’ is a spectacular crime drama which suffered false advertising

September 28, 2016

“Drive” is a film that, upon its release, garnered much praise from critics and won Best Director at Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately, the audience reaction was like that of seeing a second rate “Fast and Furious” movie, which is the fault of misleading marketing. Essentially, “Drive” is a perfectly paced, incredibly well-acted and beautifully shot film about a story we’ve all seen before.

‘Sully’ proves anyone can be a hero

September 28, 2016

On Jan. 15, 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) makes an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River after Flight 1549 strikes a flock of birds. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the ordeal. Sully becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. However, the airline starts an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation. Did he actually make the right decision by landing on the Hudson or not?

Top five movies of the summer

September 21, 2016

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great summer filled with great movies! In case you missed some over the summer, here are the five best films that came out. Of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinions but these were the films that I enjoyed the most.

‘Don’t Breathe’ brings suspense back to horror

September 21, 2016

Three teenagers have done several small robberies before but aren’t really making enough to make a difference. When they learn that there is an old man who is sitting on pile of cash around six figures, they think that it will be an easy target, one last job so that they will be able to start over and get out of their awful lives at home.

Lauren in Ireland

April 29, 2016

Since the time I last wrote about my experiences in Berlin, I have traveled to four more cities in Germany, all over Northern Ireland, Dublin, and Nice, France. And now,with four days left in Europe, I plan to see as much of Amsterdam as I am able before I board a plane for a final flight back the to United States.

‘The Machete Season’ book review

April 28, 2016

The book “The Machete Season” by Jean Hatzfeld is an account of not the victims of this genocide, but the perpetrators. The author interviewed a group of men who were convicted of murdering countless Tutsi people. The novel is a chilling account of how one day a group of average people can turn into mass murderers.

Remake of ‘The Jungle Book’ brings back beloved childhood memories

April 20, 2016

Disney makes another foray into its past to bring about an adaption that for once adds to its original work rather than takes, as The Jungle Book manages to be enjoyable, simple, but true to its source material.

‘The Jungle Book’ does original story justice with great cast

April 20, 2016

Everyone knows about the Jungle Book. This was a movie that I grew up watching as a little kid and it was one of my favorites (the 1967 animated movie). When I heard that they were making another remake of the movie, I was both excited and nervous because not all remakes are worthy of the original. This is NOT the case when it comes to this movie. This adaption of The Jungle Book not only did the original justice, but it improved on it.