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‘Arthur Christmas’ finds its place among holiday classics

'Arthur Christmas' finds its place among holiday classics

By By Natasha Palance, Staff Writer

December 21, 2011

 When it comes to Christmas movies, most are quickly forgotten as soon as the holiday season ends. However, a select few go on to become touchstones, beloved and re-watched by families year after year. Arthur Christmas may have what it takes to join the latter category. With a clever script that successfully updat...

‘In Time’ tells original, entertaining sci-fi tale

'In Time' tells original, entertaining sci-fi tale

By By: Natasha Palance, Staff Writer

November 22, 2011

Time is of the essence in the new sci-fi allegorical action thriller, In Time, which leaves audience members sitting on the edge of their seats and pondering the ever imbalanced social and wealth system in society. The film takes off from an intriguing premise that’s shrewd, fun, original and time...

‘Scream 4’ dissapoints, falls short of its predecessors

By By Julia Gray, Staff Writer

May 19, 2011

What do you get when you cross poor dialogue, an overdone plotline and C-list actors with a mask? A disaster known as Scream 4. Horror film director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) parodies his own genre with the Scream series, a once clever concept ruined by repetition. The film opens with...

‘On Stranger Tides’ to be first ‘Pirates’ movie since 2007

By Ariana Etessami, Staff Writer

May 17, 2011

Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides, for another round of action-packed sword fights, treasure hunts and bittersweet romance. Although Captain Sparrow is back, along with a slew of other familiar faces, a fresh cast of characters is introduced,...

The Rock finally finds his niche in action film ‘Faster’

By Zack Potter, News Editor

December 22, 2010

After several years of misguided leading roles in children’s movies (Tooth Fairy, The Game Plan) or lighthearted comedies (The Other Guys, Get Smart), Dwayne Johnson finally broke back into what he does best in Faster, a fast-paced action movie that one would expect a former WWE wrestler to thrive...

‘Social Network’ wire viewers in to the Facebook world

By Claudia Shannon, Production Editor

October 29, 2010

When word spread that the movie industry was investing their time in basing a plot line solely off the creation of the Facebook paradigm, many were skeptical. What back story did they have to go off of? Has the movie industry succumbed to Internet obsessions as plots? Despite this initial cynicism, The...

“The Last Song” Movie Review

By Claudia Shannon

May 3, 2010

Normally, any sappy, clichéd, melodramatic teenage drama comes to mind when teenage rebellion, first love, and familial acceptance are wrapped into a two-hour long movie. While the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks; newest best-selling novel, The Last Song, may fall into this category, it provides...

‘From Paris with Love’ delivers explosive thrills

By Andy Rosenberg, Online Arts Editor

March 1, 2010

James Bond better watch out because there's a new face in town. Unlike the martini-sipping hero of yesteryear's spy movies, From Paris with Love centers around the less refined Charlie Wax (John Travolta, The Taking of Pelham 123) and his much smarter counterpart James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Miss...

Maguire, Gyllenhaal square off in psychological film

Maguire, Gyllenhaal square off in psychological film

By Zack Potter

January 4, 2010

Brothers, a movie that takes a hauntingly close look at an American family fractured by the trauma of the War in Afghanistan, will leave you captivated and sweating in your seat until the very end. Brothers tells the story of–you guessed it–two brothers.  Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal, The D...

Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut falls short

By Diana Brown

October 27, 2009

Any film entitled Whip It should automatically tip off movie-goers that some kind of fast-paced excitement is involved. In the case of Drew Barrymore’s (Lucky You) new film, the title says it all. The film focuses on wild, tattooed women wearing short skirts and fishnet stockings all while roller ...

“All About Steve” not worth the ticket price

By Julie Kracov and Julie Kracov

September 29, 2009

Usually we hear about the stalking of a celebrity or even just the Average Joe, and most of the times the stalker gets arrested, but for those people, stalking is just their way of life. The Phil Trail-directed movie All About Steve portrays a lost crossword puzzle constructor’s journey as she f...

‘Star Trek XI’ pleases new fans and Trekkies alike

By Sophia Herbst Staff Writer

May 29, 2009

I can openly admit that before this movie I had never seen anything related to Star Trek before. None of the movies nor a single TV episode. So I went into this with a certain amount of trepidation. Now that I have seen both the second movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek XI, I can honestly...

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