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Genre: Action, Drama
Directed by: Scott Waugh
Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi
Released by: DreamWorks Studios
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. Continue reading ““Need for Speed” – Movie Review” »
Directed by: Jacob Rosenberg
Starring: Snoop Dogg, Slash, Quincy Jones, Hans Zimmer
Released by: Harman International Industries
by Nick Winfrey
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.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Starring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
Released by: Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Studios
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.
Directed by: Mark Craig
Starring: Gene Cernan, Gene Kranz, Jim Lovell
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” »
Genre: Action, Superhero
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe
Released by: Warner Bros.
Run time: 143 minutes
It’s a puzzling paradox that has plagued comic book lovers, rabid film buffs and observers of pop culture alike: why has Hollywood been unable to create a truly great portrayal of Superman, the international icon and perhaps America’s first transcendent superhero? While the last attempt, 2006’s “Superman Returns,” debuted to healthy box office returns and generally decent reviews, it has been largely forgotten and consigned to the dustbin of cinematic history.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rated: Not rated
Directed by: Dante Ariola
Starring: Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Anne Heche
Released by: Cinedigm
Run time: 101 minutes
by Alain Gayot
Romantic comedies aren’t what they used to be – and that’s not a bad thing. Gone are the days of the sugary-sweet stories that made actresses like Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts household names. “Arthur Newman” is the latest example of the shift in the genre towards more plausible plots involving flawed characters, such as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “(500) Days of Summer.”
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams
Released by: Magnolia Pictures
Run time: 112 minutes
by Alain Gayot
Writer/director Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line) is a cinema pioneer. His unique directing style is evident in his newest release “To the Wonder,” in which he ignores theatrical conventions to create an abstract slideshow of romance and drama with sparse dialogue.