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The Secret Review

The Secret (2008)

Directed by Jon Rosling

Starring Steven Coward, Emily Batchford, and Nicola Haldane

Isolation never feels more devastating than when you are surrounded by your peers and feel completely alone. As a child, this feeling rears its ugly head too often and leaves us feeling alone and misunderstood. School as a kid can be the realization of all these fears at once. The frustrating feeling of being alone is what The Secret capitalizes upon and shows the horror it can induce. And what horror there is. Continue reading The Secret Review

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Goosebumps Review

Not the Cheap, Heartless, Cash Grab You Thought it Was

            Seriously, these days what films are not inspired by a book or “true story”? Ever since the Eragon movie, whenever I see the latest teen novel or emotional story being “adapted to screen” I get the shivers. Of course there have been exceptions like The Hunger Games series but the majority of movies are straight crap that profit off of young people’s nostalgia. Suffice it to say, you can imagine my skepticism as I walked into the theatre for Goosebumps. I read plenty of the short horror stories when I was a kid but was not immensely attached to them so I figured I could suffer through the latest blow to my cherished childhood memories. Surprisingly, I found I didn’t have to. Goosebumps is a surprisingly fun, even heartfelt film that simultaneously manages to pack in the creeps for kids and adults alike. Continue reading Goosebumps Review

August: Osage County Review

August: Osage County (2013)

Directed by: John Wells

Starring: Meryl Streep, Dermont Mulroney, Julia Roberts and so much more!

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Dysfunctional

By Courtney Adkisson

August: Osage County is a gripping film and not in the sense of an adventure movie or something that is fun or horrifying. I’m talking drama. Real drama. There are so many twists and turns you have no idea where it’s going to end up kind of drama. I titled this article for this film, Dysfunctional, however that is not even a strong enough word to describe the plot of this film. I give the writer tons of credit for creating such a fantastic story arc in scriptwriting/screenplay format terms. One of many reasons I decided to search the film was the reviews. An Oscar nominated cast puts on a star performance just as they have in their previous films. Continue reading August: Osage County Review

Casablanca Review

Casablanca (1942)

Directed by Michael Curtiz

Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergaman and Paul Henreld

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Embraced in Casablanca, An American Classic

By Courtney Adkisson

For the first time (I have to admit), I have finally had the chance to watch Warner Brother’s classic Casablanca. This involved the famous characters of Rick Blaine played by Humphrey Bogart, the lovely Ilsa played by Ingrid Bergaman and the very authoritative Victor Lazlo played by Paul Henreld. After watching it, I believe there’s something throughout the film that really shines. It’s a great film for everyone who loves films as a general hobby/decompressing activity, it gives you a bit of history with a very dramatic, romantic and conflicting twists. But who doesn’t like twists? Continue reading Casablanca Review

The Martian Review

The Martian (2015)

Directed by Ridley Scott

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor

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A Heavenly Masterpiece

by Mason Manuel

Beautiful. Now that’s a word I never thought I would use to describe the lifeless surface of Mars to be sure, but Director Ridley Scott moved to prove me wrong in his latest film starring Matt Damon and Jessica ChastainScott’s ability in space has not been demonstrated so well since Alien, doing so much with so little, using quick multi-camera strategies along with vast establishing shots to show just how alone yet alive protagonist Mark Watney is. The film is a spectacle in terms of both presentation and performance, showing humanity at its finest and most desperate and captures the humanization of characters flawlessly. The Martian blasts away my expectations with stunning special effects and heartfelt character moments and is easily on of Ridley Scott’s defining masterpieces. Continue reading The Martian Review