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8 books to read before the movie comes out

Tom Hanks stars as Alan Clay in
April 20, 2016

Why read the book before the movie comes out? Well for one, the plot is richer. A movie doesn’t usually run much more than two hours long. How long would it take you to finish a really good book?...

Jane Austen…and zombies

Jess Radomska in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
March 2, 2016

Though I admit that I did like the book version of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", this is the story I was expecting when I started the book. This movie was full of action, comedy, romance and just...

‘The 5th Wave’ movie not as strong as book

Nick Robinson, left, and Chloe Grace Moretz in Columbia Pictures’ “The 5th Wave.”
February 4, 2016

Alien invasions are nothing new to entertainment. Many of us have watched Will Smith punch an alien in the face in “Independence Day” and Stephanie Meyer’s “The Host” made it on to the big screen...

‘Beasts of No Nation’

Agu (left, Abraham Attah) and Commandant (right Idris Elba, in the Netflix original film, “Beasts of No Nation.”
January 19, 2016

Back in October, Netflix, already having made a mark in television with shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” debuted its first original film “Beasts of No Nation.” While...

‘Mockingjay’ ends Hunger Games series

Left, Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen. Above, Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth, front left), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin, back left), Messalla (Evan Ross, back right) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in “The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 2.”
December 10, 2015

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” is a real tearjerker. The movie is filled with love, heartbreak, deaths and tears. Of course we still have the love triangle between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta,...

‘November Man’ is an action film worth remembering

September 19, 2014

Pierce Brosnan as a killer super spy — how can we go wrong? The knee-jerk reaction is to say “lots of ways,” but “The November Man” delivers. There are a lot of spy movies out there, and...

Netflix Movie Review: ‘Craigslist Joe’

September 19, 2014

What if someone tried to use Craigslist not to sell, buy, or promote something, but to survive? We all know Craigslist as the efficient online flea market to get anything from couches to houses (in fact...

Movie gives us a world of conformity

scene from The Giver
September 19, 2014

“The Giver,” directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Lois Lowry’s 1993 book of the same name, takes us to a futuristic society where pain, war, fear, and class have been eliminated. Conformity...

Movie review: ‘Breaking Dawn Part II’ mired in mediocrity

December 4, 2012

The gang is back… sort of. Edward, Jacob, Bella and all the vampires and wolves you remember from before. Except this time Bella is a vampire. What the film brings on the good side, including cinematography,...

Movie review: ‘007: Skyfall’

December 4, 2012

Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. These are the actors who had the honor of playing Ian Fleming’s most famous character creation on the big screen....

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