The Pirates! Band of Misfits

With my age there comes a sensation of nostalgia when watching an Aardman Animations film.  Their distinct animation style sets them very much apart from the animation types of Dreamworks Animation, Pixar, or Studio Ghibli.  Aardman allows for childhood memories of gems like the Wallace & Gromit series and Chicken Run to come flooding back, and that is the exact sensation that occurs with their newest film, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.  Upon the first glimpse of their animated characters, a smile grew on my face.  Continue reading

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The Five-Year Engagement

Eating a stale donut is barely even moderately satisfying. While it gives you a slight sugary satiated feeling, the taste is less rich than it’s full potential. Comedy producer extraordinaire Judd Apatow takes a cue from Emily Blunt’s academic psychologist character, who feeds her test subjects old donuts in an experiment on self-control, by delivering the film equivalent of a stale pastry with The Five-Year Engagement. Starring Blunt (who can be seen in the still playing Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) as the perpetually blushing bride-to-be and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets) as the same lovable dope he is quickly being typecast into; the duo dutifully carries the flick as the amiable engaged couple that is easy to root for.

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Cabin In The Woods

Prepare for all (and we mean, ALL) of your worst nightmares to come true, as our host Jordan Moncada heads over to AMC Boston Common 19 to see what audiences thought of Producer Joss Whedon’s frightening new film, Cabin in the Woods.

Taylor Schilling

Omri Rolan interviewed Taylor Schilling, star of the newest movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, “The Lucky One”. Find out what she has to say about her role as Beth and more in this Reel Reactions Interview!

The Cabin In The Woods

What is the cabin in the woods?  You don’t really need to ask because you already know.  It’s a place where all of your fearful thoughts, terrifying ideas, nightmares, and frights hide away and come to life in the form of horror movies.  We tell ourselves that we are afraid of certain things because we actually are, but when they are manufactured in cinematic form we willingly subject ourselves to what scares us the most.  Oddly enough, we dearly want to be scared and feel a sustained, fabricated feeling of horror, have it creep through our bodies, along our spine and in our heart ventricles, hoping that we will reach uncomfortable levels of dread that we find synonymous with talent and art.  Continue reading

Detention

There are rare cases when sitting down to review a film, where you just don’t know where the heck to start. Joseph Kahn’s Detention is one of those films. It may be the ultimate expression of today’s lightening paced social networking-fueled society. Never giving us a second to breathe, here is a movie that combines elements from slasher films, science fiction, teen drama, and mashes it all together as if it were the most natural thing in the world.

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Bully

It almost feels wrong to say anything bad about Bully, Lee Hirsch’s documentary on bullying in American public school systems. In addition to the film’s noble goals, it has also faced a rather ludicrous dispute involving its rating, which would affect its ability to be screened in elementary and middle schools. This is tough material to deal with, and at the very least, Hirsch, the rest of the crew, and the Weinstein Company should be applauded for how hard they’ve fought to promote not just the film, but also its message. All the same, Bully falters in two critical areas that severely hamper its effectiveness from both ethical and filmmaking standpoints.

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