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Movie and Music Reviews

Non-Stop

By Allison - AV   |  July 18, 2014

Part action, part thriller, Non-Stop follows the story of a hijacked flight from New York to London and the US Air Marshall (Liam Neeson) who is believed to be the plane’s hijacker. Throughout the film, I kept trying to piece together the true story of the hijacking and who was really behind it, but the storyline kept me guessing until the very end. The only portion of the film that I did not like in general was the director’s use of on-screen text messages between the mysterious hijacker and Neeson. Though the texts allowed the viewer to see the words as they were typed and read, I had to pay very close attention to ensure that I didn’t miss one. Overall, it was an engaging film, and one that I would recommend to others. Overall Rating: B+

Run & Jump

By Kevin - AV   |  July 11, 2014

Run & Jump stars Will Fort as Ted, an American doctor who travels to Ireland to study the Casey family after the husband, Conor (Edward MacLiam), suffers a stroke, which changes his personality and leaves his wife, Vanetia (Maxine Peake), to hold things together. While this plotline may sound bleak and depressing, the film is actually a beautiful and heartwarming story. At first, Vanetia find's Ted's presence and continual filming to be annoying and stifling but as time progresses, Ted and the family members find themselves influencing each other in positive and powerful ways. It is a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit and the bond of love and support that can develop within us all. At once poignant, funny and thought-provoking, I highly recommend this film. Overall Rating: A-

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors from Hell: The Play

By Darla - AV   |  July 3, 2014

The play revolves around a foster parent and her three unruly foster children who move into Madea’s small blue collar Georgia neighborhood.

Call the Midwife

By Lorna - AV   |  June 13, 2014

Call the Midwife is an award winning BBC drama based on the best selling memoirs of former nurse, Jennifer Worth, that is set in 1950's poverty-ridden East London.

Vampire Academy

By Jill - AV   |  June 6, 2014

The Vampire Academy series of novels by Richelle Mead concerns the adventures of two teenagers, Rose and Lissa, who share a psychic bond following their involvement in a near-fatal car crash.

Pompeii

By Allison - AV   |  May 30, 2014

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Her

By Kevin - AV   |  May 23, 2014

In the Academy Award Best Picture nominated movie, Her, Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, a lonely and sensitive writer who develops a deep relationship with an operating system named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).

Soul Food Junkies

By Darla - AV   |  May 16, 2014

Soul Food Junkies is a documentary film that discusses how the traditional (but delicious) Southern United States/African-American diet is unhealthy, and how to improve that diet through altered cooking methods and food choices.

Austenland

By Lorna - AV   |  May 9, 2014

Austenland is a romantic comedy about a thirtysomething woman whose lifelong obsession with all things Jane Austen leads her to an eccentric theme park based on the writer's work, and into the company of a handsome young suitor.

Orphan Black

By Jill - AV   |  May 2, 2014

A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.

Philomena

By Allison - AV   |  April 25, 2014

This Academy Nominated film follows the heartbreaking story of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irish woman whose father abandoned her at an abbey due to his shame over her teenage pregnancy, and her quest to locate her son, Anthony, who was taken away from her as a toddler.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

By Kevin - AV   |  April 18, 2014

A moment comes when you stop dreaming, start living and discover your destiny. For day dreamer Walter Mitty, that time is now. When his job, along with that of his coworker are threatened, Walter takes action and embarks on an incredible journey.

Hannibal

By Darla - AV   |  April 11, 2014

Hannibal stars Mads Mikkelsen as metrosexual psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter, who successfully hides his true identity as a cannibal in one of the best new television shows.

Saving Mr. Banks

By Lorna - AV   |  April 4, 2014

The story of how Walt Disney courted P.L. Travers into letting him option the rights to Mary Poppins is brought to the screen in this non-fiction drama starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell.

Inside Llewyn Davis

By Jill - AV   |  March 28, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis depicts the life of a struggling folk singer on the streets of Greenwich Village in the winter of 1961.

The Book Thief

By Allison - AV   |  March 21, 2014

A young girl living with foster parents in Nazi Germany begins collecting forbidden books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee hiding in her home in this war drama.

About Time

By Kevin - AV   |  March 14, 2014

A young man with the ability to time travel discovers that finding true love isn't as easy as he thought it would be.

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