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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ excels in character development, plot

Despite the fact that my friends’ hype was probably more than my own, the joy of going to the newest Marvel movie remained for this comic fanatic. As I walked in to Hollywood Theater half an hour early to ensure for a good spot in the the full and waiting theater line with my popcorn […]

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ glows with charm, unconventionality

Wes Anderson gained a lot of fame via his last movie, Moonrise Kingdom. In my social sphere, it became somewhat of a classic: everyone had seen it, everyone had loved it, everyone always talked about it. But to be honest, I didn’t think it was that great. Moonrise Kingdom had that quirky charm that is associated with Wes […]

Highly-anticipated ‘Divergent’ entertains audiences as worthwhile sci-fi thriller

I was not sure what to expect as I settled into the red velvet upholstery of my chair at Forum 8 movie theater. Though I hadn’t read the books, flashy previews for the recently released science-fiction film Divergent captured my attention and lead me to purchase a ticket, landing me in the middle of the […]

Fourth season of ‘The Walking Dead’ comes to a close

Fourth season of ‘The Walking Dead’ comes to a close

The apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead, based on the comics, concluded its fourth season this past Sunday. Broken into two parts, the second half of season four begins with seeing how Michonne, Rick and Carl fared after the governor’s attack on the prison. The episode was interesting mostly because of the flashbacks to Michonne’s […]

Perry bombs with ‘The Single Moms Club’

Perry bombs with ‘The Single Moms Club’

Another Tyler Perry movie, yes, I know. This man seems to always have a movie out. And either you really like his movies, or you really don’t. I have found that a lot of his movies, especially lately, are quite interesting, and I’m someone who likes his movies. That’s why I was excited to watch […]

Season two of ‘Hannibal’ captivates fans

Season two of ‘Hannibal’ captivates fans

Everyone’s favorite cannibal, Hannibal Lecter, originated in the novel The Red Dragon by Thomas Harris in 1981. Lecter has come to life in several film adaptations, including Silence of the Lambs. Now in a television adaptation, which has recently begun its second season, Lecter takes center stage as a cultured, intelligent serial killer. Perhaps it […]

Final Miyazaki film, The Wind Rises, astounds

“The wind is rising!…We must try to live!” – Paul Valery in The Graveyard by the Sea In the eve of the war, Japan introduced A6M Zero fighter planes, and it was the most innovative airplane the Japanese ever designed. During World War 2, there was a manufacturing company, Miyazaki Airplane, that made rudders for […]

‘Non-Stop’ fulfills thrill-seekers

‘Non-Stop’ fulfills thrill-seekers

Liam Neeson captured my movie-going heart with his gut-wrenching films Taken and Taken 2.  These films exposed the realities of the sex trafficking market through a horrific international kidnapping. It was because of these films that my desire to travel has decreased greatly. Neeson’s most recently debuted action-packed film, Non-Stop, released Friday, Feb. 28. Though […]

‘Private Violence’ springs tears and awareness

‘Private Violence’ springs tears and awareness

I heard over and over that this was the one movie to see. And despite all of the build up, it didn’t disappoint. Each year, the creators of True/False pick one documentary from the festival to receive money from the True/Life fund – a fund in which T/F donates to the subjects of a film. Private […]

‘Approaching the Elephant’ illuminates free school effort with charm and grace

‘Approaching the Elephant’ illuminates free school effort with charm and grace

Approaching the Elephant was the rare film I went into without any preconceived notions — I had no idea what to expect because I wasn’t familiar with the concept of free schools. As the movie explains, free schools arose in Venezuela during the Industrial Revolution to protest the accepted factory-esque model of education. There are […]

‘The Green Prince’ delivers age-old message beautifully

‘The Green Prince’ delivers age-old message beautifully

I saw The Green Prince accidently, but it ended up being one of my favorites of the festival, as these things usually happen. The film details the extraordinary account of Mosab Hassan Yousef, a Palestinian living in the West Bank. His father is Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founder and leader of Hamas, the Palestinian and […]

‘House of Cards’ season 2 disappoints with lackluster plot

‘House of Cards’ season 2 disappoints with lackluster plot

As a pubescent male growing up in today’s world, many things like books, music, and art leave me with a feeling of dissatisfaction… the second season of the Netflix Original series ‘House of Cards’ being no exception. T his doesn’t mean that, just because I’m young, the quality of the show is lost on teenagers. […]

‘Happy Valley’ poses difficult questions, perseveres in truth

‘Happy Valley’ poses difficult questions, perseveres in truth

Happy Valley treads on dangerous ground. In late 2011, Jerry Sandusky, longtime assistant coach for the Penn State football team, was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse. Not long after, it was uncovered that Joe Paterno, legendary head coach of the team, was aware of some part of the abuse but never did […]

‘E-team’ unrivaled in storytelling and power

‘E-team’ unrivaled in storytelling and power

E-team is not only the best film I’ve seen at True/False this year, but perhaps one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. This is a weighty statement, but what the documentary manages to accomplish is incredible. The film follows four members: Anna, Ole, Fred and Peter, of an emergencies team belonging to the […]

Oscar ‘Best Original Score’ predictions

Oscar ‘Best Original Score’ predictions
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