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Third movie does not disappoint

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By Nikki Larkan

Paranormal Activity 3 hit theaters Oct. 21 with a midnight premiere.

Although I did not go to the first showing, I was eager to see this movie.

It follows the same format of the previous films and documents the lives of two sisters, Katie and Kristi, in fall 1988. It showcases the typical eerie occurrences that surround their ill-fated lives.

I expected to see lower-quality video since it is the portrayal of footage taken in the ’80s, but luckily, the movie features a crystal-clear image.

This prequel is done in the same “mockumentary” style as its previous installments. It fills in a few of the holes in the plot from the other films but still leaves you wanting and needing more.

While watching this film, scan over the entire screen to see the slight glimpse of “evil” that always is around and watching.

This film offers suspense and a few mo­ments where you jump out of your seat.

It is not as intense as the first installments but still offers a violent kill by the same evil force.

If you are a follower of the franchise, this is a definite must-see. If you never have seen any of the films, watch this one first. It sets up the back story for the previous two films.

If you can make it through this film and enjoy the format, you should check out the rest of the story.

 

Published: Wednesday, November 03, 2011

Robots bring ‘Real Steel’ to life

BY KATHRYN STRONG When getting ready to go see Real Steel at the IMAX theater, I was excited. All I could think about was the Mattel Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots game. I needed to see how they brought them to life. I fell in love with the main character – surprisingly not Hugh Jackman, but the robot named Atom. Just like in the game, I found myself cheering for the blue robot throughout the movie. Atom made the movie for me. He seems to have more heart than any of the human characters. He is so tough and loyal, you have to love him. I can honestly say this is the first movie where I didn’t adore Hugh Jackman. His character, Charlie Kenton, is pretty much a loser. He is a deadbeat dad, boyfriend and businessman. This character is arrogant and not very sharp. That’s the only part of the PG-13 film I didn’t like. Dakota Goyo, who plays Charlie’s estranged son Max, does a great job portraying a stubborn pre-teen with an attitude. My favorite scene is when he makes Atom dance. It is by far the cutest. The film has a good mixture of humor, emotion and action. The story is heartwarming. A father and son reconnect. A man finds himself again. A woman gets the man she loves back. The story also is cool because robots tear each other apart and smash each other’s heads in. This movie has some of the best fight scenes I have ever seen. The special effects are awesome. Watching the huge machines having every movement, every punch controlled by a joystick brought the Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots to life for me.   Published: Wednesday, November 03, 2011   Read more [...]

‘The ides of March’ disappoints, underachieves

Review By Kaylin Kennedy I admit I was hopeful when I saw The Ides of March was coming out. The title itself was enough to titillate my interest. After all, I had read Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and enjoyed that, so I expected the same from this movie. Similar themes were introduced to the story, such as underhanded politics and betrayal – an overused topic, but one that could have had great potential. Note the fact that I said, "could have." The story follows an idealistic junior campaign manager named Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gossling), who is introduced to the darker side of politics throughout the plot. He foolishly believes in his candidate, Mike Morris, played by George Clooney, but when he finds out that his hero is less than pure, he feels betrayed and hurt. So he strikes back, eventually blackmailing Morris. The acting is good, and the cinematography is interesting and well done. I just personally found the movie boring overall. There is no emotional connection developed between the audience and the characters, and only when we see the main character lose his job does he even seem relatable. It was as if I had walked into that theater, spent nearly two hours staring at a blank screen and then walked out. It was as if the movie itself didn't care, so why should I?. There is more emotion when Morris gives one of his speeches than when one of the characters is found dead. The overall movie is dull and uneventful. If you're a big George Clooney fan or you're in need of a two-hour nap, then maybe this movie is for you. If not, I'd just avoid The Ides of March altogether.   Originally published: Thursday, October 20, 2011 Read more [...]

The Help: Powerful and Inspirational

Tate Taylor's latest film shows how it takes only one courageous voice to change lives By Tashana Hughes A large number of voices stay silent, a lot of cries go unheard, but it only takes one voice to change the lives of many. The Help, which came out in movie theaters last month, shows how it takes courage to make a stand. The movie stars Emma Stone as Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, an ambitious young woman who is more focused on making a career as a journalist than she is on settling down and getting married. She helps two African-American housemaids share their stories. Aibileen Clark, played by Viola Davis, is a courageous 53-year-old housemaid who defies the conventions of the early 1960s. Minny Jackson, played by Octavia Spencer, is known for her sassiness and good cooking and helps Clark and Skeeter speak up, not only for themselves, but for others suffering from racial segregation. Then you have those who will do anything to be in control. Bryce Dallas Howard, as Hilly Holbrook, plays the manipulating "queen bee" of the young mothers' social network in Jackson, Miss. She makes every attempt to destroy Clark and Jackson after she reads the story they have put together. The outsider, Celia Foote, played by Jessica Chastain, comes from a different world. She is a little rough around the edges and marries the hottest bachelor in Jackson, prompting the elite group to shun her. The movie is set in Jackson in the 1960s. As an African-American in those times, it was not easy to speak up without suffering from harsh retaliation. Everything was segregated. Through the help of the aspiring writer fresh out of college, Clark and Jackson are given the courage to speak up about how they are being treated and share stories about raising 17 white children as housemaids. Skeeter tells the stories of several housemaids in her book, sharing their hardships, tears and pain. Among the stories shared is how difficult it is making a 15-year-old girl Read more [...]