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MOVIE: ‘Mirror Mirror’ fails to do its Disney classic justice

MOVIE: ‘Mirror Mirror’ fails to do its Disney classic justice

Angela Wang

April 2, 2012


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The story of the beautiful young girl with skin as white as snow and lips as red as blood is one that has been enjoyed  for generations. Snow White was Disney’s very first princess, so it would only make sense that movie producers everywhere would want to recreate the magic that is the tale of heroine that fell into a deep slumber because of a poiso...

MOVIE: ‘Hunger Games’ satisfies teenage emotional appetite

MOVIE: ‘Hunger Games’ satisfies teenage emotional appetite

Lisa Zhang

March 24, 2012


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Carissa's take: Every year, in a future North America, 24 teenagers are thrown into an arena and forced to fight to the death. The country of Panem, which has replaced America, is ruled by a sadistic dictator as citizens starve and struggle to survive. The odds certainly aren’t in the favor of ...

MOVIE: Disney’s ‘John Carter’ is a hidden gem

MOVIE: Disney’s ‘John Carter’ is a hidden gem

Pooja Ravikiran

March 11, 2012


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After watching the trailer for the new movie “John Carter,” the first thing I thought was that this was going to be just another cliched  action movie with a shallow plot line and one dimensional-characters. But after watching the movie itself, I knew one thing for certain: the people in the advertising...

MOVIE: Why this picture is worth ‘A Thousand Words’

MOVIE: Why this picture is worth ‘A Thousand Words’

Smitha Gundavajhala

March 11, 2012


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I have something important to say. Be quiet. Eddie Murphy’s latest movie, “A Thousand Words”, is a departure from the typical, in that his character Jack McCall doesn’t speak. How difficult it must have been to write the dialogue. Jack McCall is your typical smarmy, motormouth book agent...

MOVIE: “The Lorax” is a fun watch, but not memorable

MOVIE: “The Lorax” is a fun watch, but not memorable

Amelia Yang

March 4, 2012


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Thneedville is an artificial town full of inflatable trees and enclosed on the sides from the outside world by metal walls reminiscent of some industrial wasteland run by a money-hungry maniac who has found a way to sell air. This is where “The Lorax” takes place. A young resident of Thnee...

MOVIE: “Gone” thrills but needs tighter logic

MOVIE: “Gone” thrills but needs tighter logic

Forest Liao

February 27, 2012


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The same serial killer that kidnapped you and threw you down a 30-foot deep hole in the forest a year ago has now taken your sister. What do you do? Most people would curl up into a ball and quietly whimper — but not Amanda Seyfried.  She’s hunting down that freaking madman. The aforementioned scenario is the plot of ‘Gone’, released Feb. 24 and starring Amanda Seyfried as Jill, a young woman who...

MOVIE: ‘The Vow’ entertains, makes few waves

MOVIE: ‘The Vow’ entertains, makes few waves

Forest Liao

February 12, 2012


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What’s the biggest obstruction to true love? Amnesia, that’s what. “The Vow”, directed by Michael Sucsy (“Grey Gardens”) and released Feb. 10, is a formulaic romance timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day festivities. In it, Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams), a ha...

MOVIE: Haywire — A-list cast in a C+ movie

MOVIE: Haywire — A-list cast in a C+ movie

Yimeng Han

January 24, 2012


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

The only things that packs a fairly decent punch in Steven Soderbergh’s new 25-million dollar movie, Haywire, are the fight scenes. The rest is simply an excuse to consume unhealthy amounts of theater popcorn. The opening scene of Haywire features Mallory Kane (Gina Carano), who works for a...

MOVIE: ‘Red Tails’ flies without altitude

MOVIE: ‘Red Tails’ flies without altitude

Amelia Yang

January 23, 2012


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  “Red Tails” brings a historical twist to the genre of inspirational stories based on true events  — but it seems doomed from the start to end up as one of those movies history teachers show in class year after year. The movie follows the all-African American squad of pilots in th...

Movie: Old formula, new message

Movie: Old formula, new message

Smitha Gundavajhala

December 20, 2011


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

  “There’s more celebrities here than rehab,” says Laura (Katherine Heigl) in reference to the New Year’s Eve festivities. There are 24, to be precise. And those are only the bigger names. With numbers like that, it almost seems like screen pollution. The truth of the matter is,...

Movie: ‘Hugo’ captures, relies on the magic of cinema

Movie: ‘Hugo’ captures, relies on the magic of cinema

Sara Yang

November 27, 2011


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A train careening through the train station, papers swirling across a parlor, a young boy hanging dramatically from the clock tower: while the movie preview for “Hugo” suggests a world of magic and fantastic creatures, it certainly does not reveal too many secrets — if any at all. The most entici...

‘Breaking Dawn Part 1’ shows brighter future for Twilight saga

‘Breaking Dawn Part 1’ shows brighter future for Twilight saga

Cynthia Mao

November 24, 2011


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  There’s one surprising thing about “Breaking Dawn Part 1”: Kristen Stewart took acting classes. On Nov. 18, Stewart returned as Bella Swan, the human girl with a vampire fiancé, for the fourth installment of the infamous Twilight series. Throughout the movie, we can see her acting has improved quite a bit. It sure beats Taylor Lautner’s ...