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THE ILLUSIONIST a movie review by Kristen B.

A DVD cover for the movie The Illusionist

The Illusionist (directed by Neil Burger) takes a classic Romeo and Juliet romance and infuses it with late 19th century magic. The main character, Eisenheim (played by Edward Norten), is our Romeo, in love with the Duchess Sophie von Treschon. Torn away from each other as teens, Eisemheim returns from his world travels as a magician, surpassing all others in skill and attracting even the attention of the Crown Prince Leopold. It is when the prince attends a show with his posse, included in which is the Duchess von Treschon, that the plot really takes off. Continue reading

V FOR VENDETTA – Film Review (Christian T.)

V for Vendetta is a 2006 thriller based on the novel of the same name. Set in a dystopian future of London, the plot revolves around masked character, known only as V, a “terrorist” as called by the government. He seeks to start a social and political revolution, carefully planning events and assassinations to play out to finally reach the climax, while at the same time seeking his own personal vendetta against those who turned him into what he is.

V for Vendetta is a superb movie, gracefully translating from the novel to the film. Along with great acting, the film retains its political and philosophical meaning. The protagonist, “V”, is a literate and mysterious “hero”, capable of describing and criticizing the feelings of others, and is able to carefully think out what he says and how he says it, showing a smarter side of him, however, you might think he is mentally ill, pursuing his personal revenge with no regrets upon committing murder. “People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people”. His political ideals lead him to revolt against the totalitarian government. This film provides a dark side of such a government, showing the limiting freedom that you would have under one. It shows the British one as a monstrous and unhuman one, showing no mercy to those opposed to it. This can be interpreted as a warning of giving the government too much power that eventually any country could and would turn into a dystopia. Weather you portray V as a monstrous terrorist or a heroic revolutionary, or even both, is up to you, allowing personal interpretation to the viewer.

Aside from its intricate and interpretive plot, V for Vendetta offers many other things such as great acting. Although you never see V’s face, his words and actions give you a good understanding of what he stands for and really portray his emotions. The dialogue is written nicely, often intelligent, but never pretentious. The setting gives off a dark, but realistic vibe. It also has action that any movie goer would enjoy, with fights beautifully choreographed, but even the action is nothing compared to the overall atmosphere. It genuinely examines the human condition, where fear is a weapon of the government, exploiting fears of its people to gain its objective. This is what separates it from other thriller movies. It’s hardcore realism.

GIRLFIGHT movie review by cherlinda polynice

              

  “It’s about to be a what? A Girlfight!” Girlfight is a drama of which focuses on a troubled teen who decides to let out her anger and aggression by boxing. Despite her abusive father’s and her prospective trainer’s skepticism, she tries her hardest to make it in this male-dominated sport. Diana (the troubled teen) at first begins to train without her father knowing. Once he finds out he tells Diana of his disapproval and thoughts of how he believes she couldn’t make it because she’ll never amount to anything. Diana trains hard in order to prove everyone who doubted her wrong. She achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers all over.

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THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN By:Kayla C.

Think about this for a change. You are homeless and lost both your parents and one of your siblings in a vicious civil war attack. Thousands of children from the Dinka tribe were orphaned from the bloody murders of their parents, but these boys did the impossible. The Lost Boys of Sudan is a documentary how the life of these children changed when they are given the opportunity to help their people and to do that they were sent to the United States of America. Unfortunately, there view of the USA was totally different from what they expected and a great struggle was upon them. Continue reading

ANGUS,THONGS, AND PERFECT SNOGGING-movie review by jazmine b.

    

“It’s boy stalking time!!”  Is one of many sayings from the movie Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging that caught my attention and that I really liked.  The reason behind this saying is that the main character, Georgia Nicolson, and her friends saw two cute boys walking past them during school. A teen comedy about a girl named Georgia, who other teen girls can probably relate to really likes the new guy who goes to her school. She tries everything to get this guy, from finding out where he works to having her cat runaway so she can spend time with him.

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DARK DAYS, Movie Review by Matthew M.

I’ve been sitting at the computer for a good chunk of time, pondering over how I should start describing Dark Days. Words still fail me. I had no idea, and never want to ever think of again, just what kind of vision this movie engraved in me of what homelessness is truly like. People no different from us, suffering through calamities of leaving spouses, drugs, etc. come down to places like the on shown in this documentary: a system of train tunnels, desolate, free places. They literally make their own homes. They come up to the surface only to collect salvageable food and sellable goods…from trash, for they’re afraid and fed up with people discriminating against them and the police always telling them to “move along.” It’s a world I had no clue existed. Continue reading

BEAT THE DRUM Movie Review, Brett A.

Beat the Drum is a movie about the spreading AIDs pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. This disease as of June 2008 has left 12 million African children orphans. 30 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have tested HIV positive. This Movie has increased awareness of the issue and has deffinatly “Beat the Drum” about AIDs. Continue reading

SHERLOCK HOLMES – reviewed by Angela Chan

Title:Sherlock Holmes
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated: PG-13

“No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not!” Sherlock Holmes. That quote, is my favorite quote in the entire movie. In Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock (played by Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man, Zodiac, and The Soloist) and Watson, (played by Jude Law, The Holiday, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Gattaca) have to find a serial killer, who thinks of himself as a “sorcerer,” Lord Blackwood (played by Mark Strong). After they arrest Lord Blackwood, they think their case is closed, not until after Watson pronounces that Lord Blackwood is dead, that they find out that Lord Blackwood has return from the grave. Which is where the quote came from. With the help, and distraction of Irene Adler (played by Rachel McAdams, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Mean Girls, and The Notebook), the case is reopened to make sure that Lord Blackwood doesn’t goes after his bigger plans. Continue reading

DEAD POET’S SOCIETY – review by Shelley T

 “This is a battle, a war, and the casualties could be your hearts and souls.” A fantastic quote from the character John Keating, played by Robin Williams. I don’t know what it is about Dead Poets Society that is so charming. Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautifully done movie, but it has this interesting trait: now that I’ve watched it, I think about it more than I would the usual good movie. Continue reading

PIECES OF APRIL movie review by Renae L.

“Once, there was this day… this one day when… everyone realized they needed each other.” Katie Holmes says as the main character, April in Pieces of April, directed by Peter Hedges and produced by Gary Winick. This movie is the type of movie that is up lifting in a dark comedic way. This seemed like a realistic film; Meaning that this film has a documentary feel but it was fiction. The movements of the camera and the lighting and shots seemed as though the camera was there for the first time. Continue reading