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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh installation in George Lucas' beloved sci-fi series

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh installation in George Lucas’ beloved sci-fi series

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Directed by:
J.J. Abrams
Starring:
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley
Released by:
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Run Time: 2h 15 min
Year:
2015

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Some 30 years after the fall of the Empire in “Return of the Jedi,” George Lucas’ intergalactic saga continues with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Continue reading “Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Movie Review” »



Spectre – Movie Review

on November 03rd, 2015
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03

Nov

Daniel Craig returns as secret agent James Bond in Spectre

Daniel Craig returns as secret agent James Bond in Spectre

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
Sam Mendes
Starring:
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes
Released by:
Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Run Time: 2h 30 min
Year:
2015

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James Bond 007 comes face-to-face with a shadowy terrorist organization known as SPECTRE in the 24th installment of the James Bond series. Continue reading “Spectre – Movie Review” »



19

Oct

Matt Damon plays a stranded astronaut in The Martian

Matt Damon plays a stranded astronaut in The Martian

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Genre:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña
Released by: 20th Century Fox
Run Time: 2h 24 min
Year: 2015

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By Mar Yvette


What Tom Hanks is to “Cast Away,” Matt Damon is to “The Martian.” Within the first 30 minutes of the movie, the similarities are hard to miss: Both men are left for dead (or rather, assumed dead) after a terrible accident. Both men are isolated for an extreme length of time. Both men must face, accept and then defy their own mortality to evolve into stronger versions of themselves. And both films feature first-rate actors who will be remembered in these roles for years to come.
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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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By Alain Gayot


“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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By Alain Gayot


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” »



21

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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30

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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