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The newest rendition of the classic tale of Cinderella has arrived. Starring Lily James, best known for her role in Downton Abbey, and Richard Madden, known for Game of Thrones, this version of the story strays very little from the animated version made, also by Disney, in 1950. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, also a famous actor known for his roles in films such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Harry Potter, the film is undoubtedly a cinematic blockbuster… not surprising with its $95 million budget. The CGI and the costumes come together to create a beautiful array of imagery, and the storyline is one loved by many. Although the actors are all gorgeous, particularly Cate Blanchet in her role as the evil stepmother, the chemistry between Prince Kit and Cinderella was a bit lacking. In the actors’ defense they only had a handful of scenes together, however it would have been nice to see a little more depth in the characters. The only other slight disappointment was the lack of singing in the film. With the Disney name behind it I entered the theater expecting at least a few ballads. With that said, it was a wonderfully entertaining film, and if you enjoy the classic fairytale you will not regret going to see this movie.
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Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood, depicts the rise and fall of the musical group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Eastwood creates an interactive narrative that holds your attention throughout the entire film. The music itself makes the movie worth watching, in my opinion. You’ll never hear more fun-loving musical compilations as the ones created by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. I was pleasantly surprised by the actors chosen for this film. I was nervous in the beginning of the film that I wouldn’t like their singing at all, but that was a short lived fear. If you like the movie Grease, you will love this film. Eastwood created a unique recipe for this film, but took ingredients from other films, in particular Grease. If you like musicals, musicians and Jersey Boys this is the film for you.
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Walk of Shame stars Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) and James Marsden (X-Men, Hairspray, 27 Dresses) as two people that, shocker, have a one night stand that results in an even more shocking walk of shame from hell. The plot takes place within a 24 hour time frame, and surprisingly it held my attention for more than 24 minutes. Banks’ character came off as ditzy and a bit stupid, but the entertainment factor was definitely there. As long as you don’t mind a few cringe-worthy moments, this movie is worth watching.
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While the concept was creative, the execution left much to be desired. It was a new take on the classic story of Frankenstien’s Monster by Mary Shelley. The film was lead by popular actor Aaron Eckhart, best known for Erin Brocavich, and the Dark Knight. Eckhart pulled off his role well, but his supporting cast was less supportive and more reliant on his star power. For those of you who love sci-fi, horror thrillers this movie is worth a watch, but if you’re not a die-hard fanatic about this kind of story, don’t bother.
An argument could be made, however, that it is a must see simply because Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah from Chuck) is in it.
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Joss Whedon has taken a detour from his usual fantasy stories, and has created a pure love story. Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David performed flawlessly, and held onto the audience’s attention from beginning to end. This is something that is near impossible to do, at least when it comes to my attention span. The cinematography, and acting of course, was so well done it almost made you forget the two actors were performing in different locations. The writing was beautiful, and the actors made it believable. If you’re looking for a film that will entertain you, you like movies that break from the norm, and you like romance, this is the film for you. Five stars for me.
This film was first shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was released for rent online at – In Your Eyes.
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I loved this movie, I mean it had Robert Downey Jr.’s sassy ass in it, how could you go wrong? But, you know when you go to a movie that you’re really excited about, and you really have to pee in the middle, but you don’t because you’re afraid of missing something (happened to me during Inception, pure torture)? Well, there are plenty of moments in this movie where you can relieve yourself of the pain and go pee. The plot was good, and the acting was better, but there were scenes in this film where the audience, and myself, got kind of bored. The thing that I was most disappointed about was the lack of badass Iron Man moments. Yeah, Downey Jr. was badass in other ways and dug into something a little deeper than his egotistical outer shell, but ironically enough I wanted more action and less emotion. People talk about how movies are all about the explosions and machines and action, and how we’ve lost the appreciation of anything deeper, which I don’t agree with at all, there are still people that want the deeper connection to the story. But, in this case I went to the movie not only expecting, but wanting action and explosions and Iron Man’s cocky hot ass in that metal suit and I was a little sad when I didn’t get a lot of it.
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This reboot of the previous horror films of the same name stars Jane Levy (Suburgatory), and Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood). The film revolves around a drug addicted girl, Levy, who is taken to a cabin in the woods by her brother, Fernandez, and her friends to be rehabilitated by going cold turkey. While at the cabin, the group of friends come across a room in the basement that contains what looks like a religious alter with an old, creepy looking book. Of course, as with every horror movie, the stupid friend opens the book and reads it, even though it clearly says not to say the words out loud. The book releases an ancient curse and the friends must battle the supernatural and try to stay alive. The acting in this movie was decent, but what was really impressive is the fact that there was no CGI (Computer Generated Images) in the entire film. Every bloody scene, every screech inducing moment was created using props and lighting tricks. With movies starting to look like cartoons, this film is refreshing, because the creators were able to get the same horrific response from the audience as their fellow horror filmmaking brethren, without all of the technical doodads. If you like horror movies that make you jump, even if they’re a little predictable and cheesy, this is a must see, if not for the acting then for the amazing lack of technological embellishment.
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The Host, starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, and William Hurt, is a science fiction film based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the ever-so-popular Twilight Saga. The film takes place in a future where an alien race has invaded Earth and has possessed the bodies and minds of all of the humans. Only a fraction of the human population remain free and they have to run and hide from the “seekers” that are hunting them down one by one. Ronan plays one of the few humans that have escaped being possessed, but she sacrifices herself for her loved ones. The seekers think that she will lead them to the remaining free-bodied humans, but little do they know that Ronan is still able to influence the alien that is possessing her. The acting in this film is mediocre at best. Ronan pulls off her character well, but the other characters lack depth and connection to the audience. The plot is creative and has promise, but it’s poorly written and doesn’t keep you engaged. The film has a 9% rating on rottentomatoes, the popular movie rating website, which is a little harsh, but not surprising. This is the kind of movie you should watch if you’re in the mood for a cheesy chick flick. It is not the type of movie you should pay for if you want to watch a good quality story that will keep you interested.
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Spring Breakers is a recently released thriller starring James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, and Rachel Korine. The film centers around four best friends (Hudgens, Benson, Gomez, and Korine) that are saving money to go on a trip to Florida for spring break. All four of them are tired with their day-to-day life as a college student, and want some kind of escape, which is what they think their trip will be. After some set backs, they finally make it to their long awaited spring break heaven, but their paradise quickly becomes their nightmare. The film, directed by Harmony Korine, has non-traditional filming for a theater film, with a lot of raw clips and psychedelic images, but that’s what makes it intriguing. The other aspect that draws attention to this film is the choice of cast. Hudgens, Benson, and Gomez are extremely popular in the teeny-bopper genre and are fan favorites among kids, but this is not the kind of film you want to bring your kids to. If you can somehow remove the images of Gabriella (Hudgens) from High School Musical, Alex (Gomez) from Wizards of Waverly Place, and Hanna (Benson) from Pretty Little Liars from your mind, you might be able to appreciate the effort the actresses put into this film. They’re all phenomenal, and creepily convincing, at being bad. If you have an open mind, and are willing to watch a film you wouldn’t normally see in a movie theater, you’ll enjoy this movie.
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First seen at the Sundance Film Festival, The First Time, starring Britt Robertson (Life Unexpected, and The Secret Circle) and Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), is a teenage romantic comedy that is about the awkward “first time” that everyone encounters. The two leads in the film meet outside a high school party, and quickly hit it off. They’re both being held back, and want to move forward. This movie tells the story of how romance can be found in the most unexpected places, and how no relationship is perfect, because in reality they can be painfully awkward one moment and amazing the next. O’Brien pulls off the ‘adorkable’ teen who is getting ready to leave high school, while Robertson portrays the younger, cool and collected blonde beauty that seems out of his league. The one thing the two have in common is that they have yet to experience the infamous “first time”. The acting in this film is raw and pure, and combined with the realistic dialogue, it makes you feel like you’re not watching actors, but the real thing. The cinematography enhances this feeling by creating the sense that you’re watching some creepy home movie where the subjects don’t know they’re being filmed. If you’re looking for an innocent and semi-cheesy teenage romance film that will make you happy, and a little bit embarrassed, this is the film for you. It was released on DVD March 12, 2013.