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“Paddington” will leave you smiling

By Sydnie Mills

February 3, 2015

Director Paul King, brings Paddington the bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) to life in his charming new film "Paddington." The movie is not only great for kids but for adults as well — it has something to offer for the whole family. After tragedy strike...

Battling Alzheimer’s in ‘Still Alice’

By Monique Judge

January 30, 2015

Imagine you are a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. You have a wonderful marriage with a handsome, equally successful husband and three beautiful, adult children who adore you. You have just celebrated yo...

‘Blackhat’ falls flat

By James Thompson

January 29, 2015

The deadliest sin a thriller could commit is not engaging the audience — "Blackhat" commits it mercilessly and without remorse. Michael Mann's most recent venture is typical January dump month fare with little thrills, little he...

‘Selma’ overwhelms audience

By Jerome Daniel Casio

January 19, 2015

Bringing the awards season to a close is “Selma,” a civil rights drama that takes its audience back a half-century to Alabama, where voting — a constitutional right — was a privilege African-Americans we...

‘Taken’ 3 is a disappointing, yet enjoyable finale

By Grant Hermanns

January 13, 2015

As franchises expand, some get better as they go on, and some lose their effectiveness. The better ones include the "Fast and Furious" and "Die Hard" franchises and some of the worst include the "Paranormal Activity" and "Frid...

‘American Sniper’ is barely on target

By Jerome Daniel Casio

January 1, 2015

From a director whose recent filmography is a bit worrisome, “American Sniper” is, for the most part, an emotionally compelling and solid tribute that reminds moviegoers of the raw talent Clint Eastwood (“Gran To...

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ is a fun spinoff

By Grant Hermanns

December 28, 2014

As franchises grow and remain successful, spinoffs are almost always inevitable, especially if there's an interesting character(s) to base off of. The quality of spinoffs varies, some of the better including "Annabelle" and "M...

‘Top Five’ is most intelligent comedy of the year

By Grant Hermanns

December 26, 2014

In today's comedic world, most filmmakers have to get a laugh by making some dirty joke or showing some disgusting bodily harm to their audiences. Most stand-up comics would probably follow the same protocol if given the oppor...

‘Unbroken’ goes for gold

By Jessica Martinez

December 17, 2014

After 47 days adrift in the Pacific Ocean and more than two years at a Japanese prisoner of war camp, Olympian Louis "Louie" Zamperini wrote down the grimiest, most haunting details of his life as a young Army man. More than 50 y...

‘Big Hero 6’ is filled with large laughs

By Grant Hermanns

December 9, 2014

Following the success of their in-house animated "Frozen," Disney has released the funny, beautifully animated "Big Hero 6.""Big Hero 6" follows a young science genius by the name of Hero Hamada in the fictional city San Fran...

‘Foxcatcher’ wrestles for gold

By Jerome Daniel Casio

November 23, 2014

Very much like the John du Pont portrayed on-screen, "Foxcatcher" is a dark, unhinged and disturbing experience that gives its stars the opportunity to deliver career-best performances. "Foxcatcher" comes from critically acclaimed...

‘John Wick’ is action-packed fun

By Grant Hermanns

November 13, 2014

As fall begins, movie studios release their high-caliber films in order for the chance of Oscar consideration. Standing out amongst the films not likely to be nominated is "John Wick."The film follows the title character, an agi...

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