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"Kingsman: The Secret Service" takes the throne

By Nicholas Shereikis | Feb. 23, 2015, 6:31 p.m. | In Movies »

"Kingsman" somehow manages to pull off the trickiest of effects, remaining lighthearted and fun while staying true to the classic structure of espionage films.


"Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb" shows signs of life

By Nicholas Shereikis | Jan. 21, 2015, 1:15 p.m. | In Movies »

In the newest addition to the series, "Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb," the tablet begins to be marked by an unknown force. Searching for answers, Daley and company are forced to unravel the mystery of the tablet's beginnings.


"Unbroken" good but overdone

By Robert Pfefferle | Dec. 30, 2014, 8:26 p.m. | In Movies »

"Unbroken" is the remarkable true story of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), featuring Olympic games, World War II plane crashes and torture in Japanese prisoner of war camps. Based on Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 best-seller, director Angelina Jolie struggles to recreate the smoothly paced plot of Hillenbrand's book. Instead, Jolie creates build-ups and climaxes for each segment of Zamperini's story, which ultimately causes the story to lose its fluidity.


In "Annie," the sun is always out

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Dec. 24, 2014, 2:06 p.m. | In Movies »

"Annie" is two-dimensional, goofy and very cheesy. This film will not be sweeping at the Academy Awards. But if you're ready to embrace the feel-good silliness and fall into a world in which it really is always better tomorrow, "Annie" is for you. Be ready to sing along.


"Mockingjay" dips and soars

By Ellie Struewing | Nov. 25, 2014, 9:59 p.m. | In Movies »

The first Hunger Games film adaptation, which premiered in 2012, took the movie industry by storm and paved the way for a burst of formulaic dystopian movies ("Maze Runner," "Divergent," etc.). But the Hunger Games series itself is far from formulaic, and that's what made Suzanne Collins' books and their movie adaptions so popular


"Interstellar" shoots for the stars

By Kalin Vassilev | Nov. 17, 2014, 5:12 p.m. | In Movies »

"Interstellar" is an audacious space epic on a grand scale—a behemoth that is overwhelming in every sense of the word. From cinematic greatness to dramatic intimacy, the film refuses to be simple and stay put.


"Ouija": the only scary part is its quality

By Brian Le | Oct. 24, 2014, 10:21 a.m. | In Movies »

Films often take advantage of the whole "this is based on a true story" or "this could happen to you" theme to make their stories more engrossing and frightening. "Ouija" attempts to do this too, but it completely drops the ball.


The verdict on 'The Judge'

By James Sleigh | Oct. 21, 2014, 5:13 p.m. | In Movies »

In his newest production, director David Dobkin has spliced all of the typical Hollywood clichés from family drama and courtroom genres into one generic, cheesy movie. With a star-studded cast, including the wry comedic and dramatic actor Robert Downey Jr. and Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall, Dobkin tells a predictable and drawn-out tale of a small-town family's buried problems.


A "Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad" movie

By Amalia Chiapperino | Oct. 13, 2014, 10:08 p.m. | In Movies »

"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," directed by Miguel Artecta, is a sappy and unrealistic children's film about a series of unfortunate and frustrating events that shifts a family's outlook on life.


"Gone Girl": A who-Dunne-it of striking originality

By Arthi Vijaykumar | Oct. 9, 2014, 9:33 a.m. | In Movies »

Director David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" is an engaging, fast-paced film with aspects to please any moviegoer. With remarkable stylistic choices and a plot that is anything but formulaic, "Gone Girl" shapes up to be one of the best movies of 2014 so far.


"The Boxtrolls" thinks outside the box

By Eleanor Linafelt | Oct. 5, 2014, 1:26 p.m. | In Movies »

"The Boxtrolls" isn't your typical animated kids' movie. The film is adorable and heartwarming, yet also gruesome and dark. It's playful in its animation, but wondrously artistic at the same time. It's silly, in the best of ways, but it also has underlying themes of morality and family.


"The Maze Runner" runs its way to victory

By Divya Rajagopal | Sept. 22, 2014, 6:54 p.m. | In Movies »

"The Maze Runner" delivers the dark angst that teenagers relish in dystopian worlds, and is a welcome addition to the ever-burgeoning young adult canon.


"Mardaani" overworked and overdone

By Amalia Chiapperino | Aug. 25, 2014, 5:48 p.m. | In Movies »

The action film, based on true events, centers on police detective Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) and her personal vendetta against a human trafficking gang . The premise is fascinating, but Sarkar goes way over-the-top in the script, music and certain plotlines, adding an unnecessary theatrical element to the film.


"The Giver" of nothing new

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Aug. 18, 2014, 11:39 p.m. | In Movies »

Some movies seem to come out at the perfect time, striking a chord with the emotions and experiences of the audience. Other movies come out following the release of a litany of similar films, seeming unoriginal and boring. "The Giver" is that second kind of movie.


Save yourself: don't step "Into the Storm"

By Brian Le | Aug. 11, 2014, 2:36 a.m. | In Movies »

Following the overused 'disaster thriller' pattern, "Into the Storm" documents the small town of Silverton as it's slaughtered by an unprecedented amount of tornadoes. In an awkward and unconvincing hour and a half, the film tells the story of a bunch of good-hearted people who manage to escape catastrophe. Unsurprisingly, it fails to thrill.


"The Hundred-Foot Journey" is worth the walk

By Ellie Struewing | Aug. 11, 2014, 2 a.m. | In Movies »

"The Hundred Foot Journey" is a heartwarming if predictable film about food and its power to bring people together against all odds. While most of the cast in the film are not household names, the characters shine.


"Lucy" is confusing and mindless

By Arthi Vijaykumar | July 28, 2014, 3:12 a.m. | In Movies »

With "Lucy," director Luc Besson tries to look at humanity through an existential lens while simultaneously creating an action-packed and fun summer movie. Unfortunately, his ambitious attempt to create a film that can please a wide variety of moviegoers has resulted in a jumbled, pseudo-scientific mess.


"A Most Wanted Man" leaves you wanting more

By Nicholas Shereikis | July 27, 2014, 1:21 a.m. | In Movies »

From the moment Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) climbs out of the sewers in the first scene of this movie, you know you're watching a classic. Suspenseful and gritty, "A Most Wanted Man" is a refreshing look at the darker, rougher side of our bureaucracy.


"Boyhood:" A 12 year time capsule

By Zewde Ingram | July 21, 2014, 1:39 a.m. | In Movies »

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" breathes life into the genre of coming to age films that has been exhausted on movie screens for decades. The film unfolds in real time, and serves as a time capsule that not only captures the growth of the film's characters, but the world around us


If only it would "Begin Again”

By Eleanor Linafelt | July 10, 2014, 6:33 p.m. | In Movies »

"Begin Again” has the ability to strike a chord with all viewers, music-loving or not. It is a heartfelt movie about friendship and trial, and the importance of music in both, set against the backdrop of a possibility-filled New York City summer.


A Jumbled and Forgettable "Tammy"

By Kalin Vassilev | July 7, 2014, 6:59 p.m. | In Movies »

With comedic star-power and personality, McCarthy has been dominating the movie scene with her charismatic and raunchy performances. This time around though, her crude but intriguing charm seems barely capable of keeping her film venture from sinking into an abyss of dullness and plot atrophy.


The boys are back in town

By Robert Pfefferle | June 17, 2014, 6:41 p.m. | In Movies »

"Infiltrate the dealers, find the supply," orders Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) and with these words Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back undercover in "22 Jump Street." Filled with guns and drugs, "22 Jump Street" will have viewers laughing away at cheap and dim-witted jokes, while adding tension with climatic action scenes of gunfights and car chases.


Star struck by "The Fault in Our Stars"

By Divya Rajagopal | June 9, 2014, 10:56 a.m. | In Movies »

From laughing hysterically to crying uncontrollably, "The Fault in Our Stars" takes you on a two hour rollercoaster of emotions. Director Josh Boone creates a tale of infinite beauty and inspiration from the long-standing #1 New York Times bestselling novel by John Green.


Darkness and light, Love is might

By Abir Muhuri | June 4, 2014, 9:03 p.m. | In Movies »

Disney's animated version of "Sleeping Beauty" ends like any other Disney fairy tale: the characters all live happily ever after. Well, almost all of them do. When it comes to the evil fairy Maleficent, viewers are happy to forget that she even existed.


Oh, oh those summer movies

By Martha Morganstein | June 4, 2014, 1:28 p.m. | In Movies »

Summer is just around the corner. And with summer comes new movies. Here is an overview of several movies coming out in the next few weeks.

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