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Straight Outta Compton tells the compelling true-life story of rap group N.W.A

Straight Outta Compton tells the compelling true-life story of rap group N.W.A

Genre: Drama
Directed by:
F. Gary Gray
Starring:
O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
Released by:
Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema
Run Time: 2h 27 min
Year:
2015

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by Alexandre Meiers


“Straight Outta Compton” was released at the right time, as communities continue to struggle with issues of violence and segregation. Continue reading “Straight Outta Compton – Movie Review” »



She's Funny That Way features an all-star cast lead by romantic comedy veterans Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston

She’s Funny That Way features an all-star cast lead by romantic comedy veterans Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston

Genre: Comedy
Directed by:
Peter Bogdanovich
Starring:
Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Aniston
Released by:
Lagniappe Films, Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Grindstone Entertainment Group
Run Time: 1h 31 min
Year:
2015

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“She’s Funny That Way” is a madcap throwback to the screwball ensemble comedies of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Continue reading “She’s Funny That Way – Movie Review” »



Tom Cruise reprises his role at secret agent Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation"

Tom Cruise reprises his role at secret agent Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
Christopher McQuarrie
Starring:
Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin
Released by:
Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, TC Productions
Run Time: 2h 11 min
Year:
2015

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Daredevil secret agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) takes on his most dangerous assignment yet in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” Continue reading ““Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” – Movie Review” »



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Apr

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and crew return for the seventh installment of the "Fast & Furious" series

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and crew return for the seventh installment of the “Fast & Furious” series

Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
James Wan
Starring:
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez
Released by:
Universal Pictures
Year:
2015

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The latest installment in the “Fast & Furious” series, “Furious 7” embarks on a high-speed adventure through the streets of Tokyo, Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles as Vin Diesel and crew face off against an alliance of international terrorists. Continue reading ““Furious 7” – Movie Review” »



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Jan

Black Sea tells the story of a crew of men on a submarine looking for lost Nazi treasure

Black Sea tells the story of a crew of men on a submarine looking for lost Nazi treasure

Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
 Kevin MacDonald
Starring:
 Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Jodie Whittaker
Released by:
 Focus Features
Year:
2015

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“Black Sea” is an underwater heist film with an allegiance to blue-collar values that cruises along like a submarine unable, or unwilling, to rise to the surface or dive deeper into the depths of cinematic inspiration. For every clever plot twist or genuinely strong performance in “Black Sea,” there is a strong helping of predictability which counteracts the surprise and at times leaves the film feeling reluctantly inert.

 

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Sep

The Boxtrolls tells the story of a young boy and his adopted family of friendly monsters

The Boxtrolls tells the story of a young boy and his adopted family of friendly monsters


Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed by:
Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi
Starring:
Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette
Released by:
Laika Entertainment, Focus Features
Year:
2014

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by Nick Winfrey


If you have the patience to sit through the closing credits of “The Boxtrolls,” there’s a clever little stinger near the end in which two of the film’s characters humorously postulate the existence of an unseen hand in the sky controlling their every move. The joke is, of course, that there are a multitude of hands that painstakingly choreograph each scene in this stop-motion epic, which are revealed in a blur of deft motions as the camera zooms out.
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Need for Speed starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper

Need for Speed starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper


Genre: Action, Drama
Directed by:
Scott Waugh
Starring:
Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi
Released by:
DreamWorks Studios
Year:
2014

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Based on the popular video game series of the same name, “Need for Speed” was created with the intention of making the ultimate car chase movie. Directed by Scott Waugh, a former stuntman, the film follows the story of Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), an exotic sports car mechanic seeking to avenge the death of his friend the only way he knows how — through a high-stakes street race.
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The Distortion of Sound looks into the decline of sound quality in modern music

The Distortion of Sound looks into the decline of sound quality in modern music


Genre: Documentary
Directed by:
Jacob Rosenberg
Starring:
Snoop Dogg, Slash, Quincy Jones, Hans Zimmer
Released by:
Harman International Industries
Year:
2014

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The advent of the digital age has brought many advances for the music consumer — mp3s have made our music portable, streaming technology has made it more accessible and file compression software has made it sharable. However, these new listening formats come with a significant trade-off. As files are compressed, up to 90 percent of the information is lost, leaving music sounding thin, flat and devoid of the rich quality that all audiophiles crave. The scariest part? No one seems to notice or care.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren

The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren


Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by:
Lasse Hallström
Starring:
Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
Released by:
Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Studios
Year:
2014

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Produced by Juliet Blake, who was fortunate enough to get her hands on a manuscript of the book that inspired the film, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a cute movie made in conjunction with the French region of Midi-Pyrénées. As such, the film provides a great showcase for the area’s gorgeous natural landscape, which provides a beautiful backdrop for the story.

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The Last Man on the Moon tells the story of astronaut Gene Cernan

The Last Man on the Moon tells the story of astronaut Gene Cernan


Genre: Documentary
Directed by:
Mark Craig
Starring:
Gene Cernan, Gene Kranz, Jim Lovell
Year:
2014

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by Nick Winfrey


We all know the story of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the Moon — so poetically immortalized by the astronaut as “one giant leap for mankind.” But what of the other men and women of the Apollo program? Continue reading ““The Last Man on the Moon” – Movie Review” »



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