14 movies to match your Valentine’s Day mood

By Amber Williams

Valentine’s Day is approaching and love is the air! Well, some love is making its way while other love is already there; but nonetheless, hearts are pounding everywhere. The following are the Top 14 Valentine’s Day movies for the infatuated couples, the ones that are single, and the others who can’t decide where romance stands in their lives.

14. Failure to Launch: The 2006 movie proves that parents should not set-up their children- no matter how it turns out.

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  1. 27 Dresses: A romantic comedy many people can relate to. It can be heart breaking when a sibling is able to catch the guy the other always wanted. Sometimes, it’s what best in the end.

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  1. Love and Other Drugs: The fear of commitment and letting someone in is powerful. Love, being the ultimate drug, overpowers those fears.

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  1. The Wedding Date: Debra Messing’s character did what any one would do. Desperate times calls for desperate measures when it’s time to prove your ex wrong.

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  1. Think Like A Man: Act like a lady, think like a man. Thanks to Steve Harvey, it had women second-guessing their motives affecting their relationships.

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  1. Dear John: The effect long distance had on this couple was frustrating, but they were always brought back to each other somehow.

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8. He’s Just Not That Into You: Do I need to say more?

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  1. Love Actually: There were nine stories all related to one common emotion, love.

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  1. The Prince and Me: Who wouldn’t love a prince? For her, it was more than the prince in him.

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  1. Maid In Manhattan: Don’t change anyone. Someone will love you for who you truly are.

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  1. Letters To Juliet: A response to a letter led to this.

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  1. No Strings Attached: The worst thing to do is to have feelings for someone who you were in a “friends with benefits” agreement with. It will have you caught up in your feelings.

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  1. How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days: She wrote an article. He was upset. He said she “lost” him but…

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1.The Notebook: A classic. The Notebook is a love story we all want; boyfriends like Noah to fight with and to fight for and girlfriends like Allie whose parents don’t approve, but it doesn’t stop what’s in her heart. Their ups and downs made their love stronger. And although the memory of them falling in love left Allie, thank you to Noah for reminding her.

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Fifty Shades of Grey: Romance or Erotic Drama?

By Amber Williams

The world of BDSM was exposed in 2011 when British author E.L. James wrote the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey. After the arrival and dismissal of directors and actors over the past four years, a film adaptation has been produced.

Recently, reviews have been generated for viewers to get an idea of what to expect during the film. Though questions have been circulating about whether the movie follows the book it does. However, the director and screenwriter “stripped the first book of its biggest flaws, while still honoring its essence.” Therefore, if you have read the novel, you will be able to notice insignificant points in the plot will not be in the film.

One of the main goals of the director was to create Dakota Johnson’s character, Anastasia Steele, correctly. Her character’s role is intended to be more assertive, allowing her to have a stronger storyline.

“The movie aims to give Ana, in particular, a story and identity of her own,” said NY Daily News. “She’s smarter and sassier than her literary counterpart, while Christian, thank goodness, is less creepy-stalkerish.”

Because the novel is filled with sex scenes, a couple of critics had viewed the movie as a romance. Their view on the type of romance in the movie, however, differs.

Richard Lawson, a columnist from Vanity Fair, didn’t think the sex scenes were too intense, which made the movie move swiftly and helped the audience focus on the romance between the two characters.

“Maybe I am a sex-shaming prude, but I didn’t mind getting the less explicit version, because the movie is at its best when it keep things swift and light.”

Lawson saw more romance and less soft porn, but David Ehrlich, writer for Time Out New York, thought there was a balance between a romantic comedy and an erotic drama.

“Fifty Shades is a rare studio romance in which the characters actually try to understand one another…Fifty Shades may not make you come, but you’ll still be glad you went.”

Now it is our turn to be the critics. Will the movie follow the book or will we see a different storyline come to light? Fifty Shades of Grey releases this Friday.

Top 10 Halloween Movies sure to Spook You

By Emmy Kolbe

Halloween is approaching, and October is the perfect time of year to enjoy a good scary movie.  The following are the Top 10 scariest movies for you to scream about this fall:

 

10. The Conjuring: This 2013 release dives into the paranormal world and gives watchers a reason to be afraid of the dark.  It focuses on the                  possession of a woman, a popular topic among horror films lately, but uses clever dynamics to convey fear upon the audience.

 

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  1. The Rite: This film takes place inVatican City, Rome, and follows a young man who is working on becoming a priest.  He learns of the nature of exorcisms, and, of course, is faced with the responsibility of performing one in order to relieve a demonic possession.  The movie is scary due to the relationship between exorcisms and religion and leaves the audience in a thought-provoking mood.

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  1. The Uninvited: A remake of the South Korean horror film, A Tale of Two Sisters, this psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat throughout the movie.  It’s both entertaining and disturbing and features a plot twist at the end that will have your mind spinning as the credits are rolling.

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  1. Halloween: A classic horror film, especially fitting for this time of year, remains as one of the greatest.  It follows the infamous Michael Myers as he stalks a high school student on Halloween. The film is noted for its absence of gore and gruesome violence. Still, Halloween has a mood that makes it both enjoyable and nerve-wrecking.

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  1. Sinister: A crime writer moves into a house where a family had previously been murdered and finds himself in danger when he uncovers snuff films in the house’s attic.  The movie is worth watching for its dense and mystery-like plot.  The film has some violent and gruesome scenesthat make it hard to watch at times, but it’s definitely worth it.

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  1. Insidious: This movie elicits fear just from its clever use of Tiny Tim’s strange song, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” paired with the prancing of demons throughout the main characters’ house.  The movie explores the use of demons and possession in dreams, which differs from other movies of the same subject.

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  1. The Woman in Black: Daniel Radcliffe’s performance is reason enough to watch this.  The storyline is brilliant, the acting is awesome, and the movie itself is dark and bleak, as a horror film should be.

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  1. 1408: Based on the short story by Stephen King, this movie follows a writer in a haunted hotel room, who experiences unfortunate occurrences in his one night stay.  It’s one of those confusing movies where you don’t really understand what happened — even when it’s over.  Even with the uncertainty, the movie is wonderful and should be seen by any horror fan.

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  1. The Shining: One of King’s most praised works, and one of the greatest scary movies of all time.  The movie does not feature a lot of blood and violence, but finds its own classic ways to scare the audience and mess with their minds.

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  1. Orphan: Not only is the acting amazing, but the storyline and action-filled plot twist keep your heart racing for a full two hours. This psychological thriller is sure to become a classic.

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“If I Stay” Review

By Alexandria Acacia

If you liked The Lovely Bones, The Giver or even The Fault in our Stars, then you’ll love If I Stay.

If I Stay is a captivating, suspenseful drama which tells the life story of Mia who balances a special musical talent and active social life, but soon is faced with a comatose experience caused by a brutal accident, including flashbacks and a race against time. Instantly, she is forced to deal with the transformation from living a normal life to a lone spirit, as she is faced with the challenge to figure out how to save herself.

The movie received many positive reviews and viewers enjoyed the movie overall. Many fans agreed that the book has a lot of parts related to the movie, but did not portray the story as well as the book. The way the story was portrayed in the book contained more detail and illustration of the events that occurred.

Those same people agreed that the movie did not contain as much emotion and thought that was put into the book. What many fans agreed on was the other characters, and the portrayal of them being spot on. I thought that some parts did not have to be included, while other parts should have been elaborated on.

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Fangs Baring: “The Wolf of Wall Street”

By Andrew Bevevino

Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. The phrase is old, but Martin Scorsese’s newest epic, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” breathes new life into the words. This tale of a self-built stock market schemer has more drugs than a pharmacy, features a powerful rock soundtrack, and shows enough sex to turn away your grandmother.

Based on a true story, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is a about a crazy-charismatic stock broker named Jordan Belfort and his rise as a money-laundering millionaire. Played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jordan begins his journey on Wall Street at L.F. Rothschild, a stock firm with a longstanding reputation of excellence.

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It might be 2014, but we have our top-10 favorite films from 2013

By Jordon Hall

The year 2013 had to follow an epic year of 2012, which had monster blockbusters: “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Avengers” and “Skyfall” (which all made over a billion dollars.)

Then you had numerous films that were nominated or snubbed: “Argo,” “Lincoln” and “Silver Lining’s Playbook”. The year 2013 had a lot less hype going into this year. We found out we had a new Batman, The Avengers’ cast were all in solo films, another silly “Fast and Furious” movie, Johnny Depp still playing subpar roles, Will Smith playing second-fiddle to his son, Tom Cruise in another crappy scientology movie and the man who played Tony Soprano left us (James Gandolfini).

It is safe to say it was a different year in film, but that doesn’t mean there still wasn’t great movies to see in theaters.

Films I didn’t have a chance to see: “The Hobbit,” “Pacific Rim,” “12 Years A Slave,” “We’re the Miller’s” and “Rush.”

Honorable Mention: “Don Jon,” “The Purge,” “Enough Said,” “The Butler,” “Word War Z” and “Elysium.”

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Paying for boredom in the theaters

By Laura Clesse, @CauraLesse, Contributing Writer

If you go to the movies regularly, then you probably watch the same story lines.  Boredom ensues and you leave the theater broke.

Sequels, spin-offs and reboots dominate the movie genres you see these days.  With ticket pricing high, costing $8.38 per movie, it gets expensive to watch a plot you have already seen.  If you go to the movies 20 times in a year, you will have spent $167.60.  Imagine that mom, dad and the two kids go to the movies.  That’s about $678 a year.  Instead, you could buy a 42” plasma flatscreen and just wait for the movie to come to Netflix.

Within the action genre, the Fast and the Furious franchise needs to stop its redundancy.  You have seen Vin Diesel driving fast, again, and yet again.

The comedic Hangover series is just as bad. The same plot and crude jokes occur in every movie.  The films begin with a night of amnesia, losing someone and finally having everything come back together. Exhaust the idea. 

Science Fiction’s Star Trek films continue to remake and reboot the same stories.  Every movie a villain threatens the universe, and Captain Kirk saves the world.  The movies are predictable and boring.  Stop trying and maybe money will be left over in the publics’ wallet.

Are you ready for Transformers 4The Amazing Spiderman 2 and another X-Men movie to come to the big screen in 2014?  Get prepared to pull out your wallet and pay for a movie you have seen.

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