The Giver (PG-13)

August 30, 2014

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The Giver” starts out exactly like “Divergent;” with a basic review of what this futuristic community is like, followed by a ceremony where occupations are chosen for each citizen at their 18th birthday (where those in the premise of “Divergent” were put into different groups of basic personality traits). The second similarity is a love story – which is interesting to think this was a thing in young-adult literature circa 1993, so not much has changed – but it’s essential to the narrative. These similarities are where they begin and end. (more…)

Labor Day (PG-13)

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Labor Day weekend is a bittersweet event. On one hand it signifies the end of summer; nice weather, vacations, the beach. At the same time, it ushers in the glorious fall season; football, leaves changing, a myriad of great foods and ales, and of course the holiday season. (more…)

Earth to Echo (PG)

August 27, 2014

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I was not sure what to expect from this film. Turned out to be caring and sensitive wanting to transmit a message that we can have friends for life, willing to be with us for always, no matter what, but its soft and cute side was just not enough. (more…)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG)

August 23, 2014

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This time travel thingy isn’t that bad. If THIS is what we get out of it, fracture the space-time continuum all you want. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” – a film born out such a fracture – is a quaint little charmer of a film with heart, chuckle-some wit, and canny, perceptive dialogues overrun with such delightful glee and invention: it makes history sound fascinating. You want to know something else? The puns from a dog’s mouth crackle with sharpness instead of falling flat. (more…)

Lucy (R)

August 22, 2014

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Luc Besson, Director of films such as “Leon: The Professional” and “The Family” presents this year “Lucy,” a blend of science fiction and action. Judging only by the trailer, the film looks like a big roller coaster of emotions and spectacular action scenes – the perfect package to a summer blockbuster. What happens, unfortunately, is the inconsistency of the story makes you miss huge points along the way.

At the beginning of the film we met Lucy, a 25 year-old American girl living in Taiwan, China. Lucy finds herself obliged to deliver a briefcase to a guy named Mr. Jang. She does not know what is inside the briefcase and quickly becomes trapped in a nightmare when she is captured to transport in her body a very powerful drug (more…)