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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.