Cinderella

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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.

Walk of Shame

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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.

In Your Eyes: A Fresh New View

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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.