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Star Trek into Darkness

May 29, 2013

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Valerie Ettenhofer Staff Writer If 2009's reboot of “Star Trek” was the glossy origin story, “Into Darkness” is the darker, less self-assured next step. Yes, the film still shines with the signature wit, simplified sci-fi and lens flare cinematography expected of its creator; geek god J.J. Abrams. Yet this second outing, which is free to answer the question “What next?” in any way possibl...

‘iron man 3’ is a super ride

May 14, 2013

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Kristoffer Hayward Staff Writer With advertisements featuring the villainous Mandarin, dozens of flying Iron Man suits and promises of danger and explosions, “Iron Man 3,” one of the biggest movies in theaters this year, has probably piqued everyone’s interest. The movie delivers all on of those points and even g...

Enjoy cinema at home

May 6, 2013

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Kristoffer Hayward Staff Writer  Disks are obsolete. Rental stores like Hollywood Video and Blockbuster are on their final legs thanks to Redbox, though even Redbox is feeling the squeeze from streaming services. Unlimited movies, shows and original content for just over eight dollars a month is a hard deal to beat....

evil dead review

April 17, 2013

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Kristoffer Hayward Staff Writer Deliciously gory and not for the faint of heart, “Evil Dead” stands as a testament to classic horror films and the original as well. Instead of a hopeful Ashley Williams taking his friends to the woods and falling into every cheesy folly a horror character can fall into, as in the original...

the host review

April 17, 2013

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Mariah Foley Staff Writer Based on Stephanie Meyers’ critically acclaimed novel, “The Host” is not what it seems. The extremely misleading previews for the movie depict parasitic aliens taking over the residents of planet earth. The movie previews depicted the film as an adventure tale with a small amount of roman...

Identity Thief

February 22, 2013

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Healani Brennan Staff Writer In an economy like this, identity theft is no joke, but director Seth Gordon still managed to squeeze a few laughs from audiences with “Identity Thief.” The problem is that the joke isn’t all that funny and the film tries a bit too hard. Melissa McCarthy [“Bridesmaids”] and Jason Bateman [“Ho...

Tarantino,unchained

January 28, 2013

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Valerie Ettenhofer Staff Writer Slavery and comedy are one set of unlikely partners in famed director’s newest film Quentin Tarantino, heralded as cinema’s offbeat auteur since the early 1990s (“Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction”), turns his creative eye toward slavery for his latest adventure-comedy, “Djan...

007 defies decades

November 29, 2012

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Bond impresses audiences with the best installment yet Healani Brennan Staff Writer  The newest Bond installment truly trumps its successors. The movie starts off with a fight scene that pulled in and captured audience’s attention and, boy, did the rest of the film hold it. Bond (played by Daniel Craig) “dies” within...

‘Life of Pi’- a story of multiple meanings

November 29, 2012

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Yann Martell's novel, 'Life of Pi', is an intriguing, adventurous tale of a boy who survives almost a year at sea in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger Mariah Foley Staff Writer  Yann Martell’s novel, ‘life of pi’, is an intriguing, adventurous tale of a boy who survives almost a year at sea in a lifeboat with a Benga...

‘Wreck-it Ralph’ breaks box office on its opening weekend

November 15, 2012

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Disney's current hit inspires nostalgia with an innovative take on video game classics Tamara Kelly Staff Writer  An animated adventure movie proves to audiences that cartoons aren’t just for kids in Disney’s current enterprise “Wreck-it Ralph”. A throwback to classic arcade games, the film is set almost entir...

Finding the normal in ‘Paranormal’

November 9, 2012

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Latest in horror series may be weakest installment, still scares up audience Valerie Ettenhofer Staff Writer  The first time around, Paranormal Activity was an unknown entity, a film that defied expectation and shocked audiences. In the vein of The Blair Witch Project, filmmakers passed it off as a ‘found footage’ documentar...

Let’s do the time warp again

October 8, 2012

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Looper is a time-travel movie that satisfies audiences without causing headaches Christian Read Staff Writer  The problem with understanding time travel is that it hasn’t been invented yet. Science fiction movies often have extreme difficulty in portraying the physics and paradoxes of meddling with the past. As...

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