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‘Mockingjay Part 1′ shifts series’ tone, keeps books’ integrity

'Mockingjay Part 1' shifts series' tone, keeps books' integrity

By Abby White, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

November 26, 2014

Spoiler alert, but not about the movie: I devour books like potato chips. “The Hunger Games” trilogy has not escaped my appetite. I read Suzanne Collins’ books in spring 2010, at the height of their popularity. Even in France, where I lived at the time, everywhere I turned I saw posters for...

Indie comedy ‘In A World…’ shines and challenges

Indie comedy 'In A World…' shines and challenges

By Meghan Bennett, Normal Community HS, Normal, Ill.

November 17, 2014

"In A World…" stars Lake Bell, who wrote and directed the film, as Carol Solomon, a vocal coach hoping to break into the male-dominated Hollywood niche industry of voice-overs. She competes with her egotistical father, played brilliantly by Fred Melamed, and his protege (Ken Marino), for a sought-...

‘Dracula Untold’ leaves thirst for blood unquenched

'Dracula Untold' leaves thirst for blood unquenched

By Izzy Peterson, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

October 30, 2014

"Dracula Untold" pledged to enthrall and fascinate its audience with the historical and fictional mash-up of Vlad the Impaler and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. While it wasn't a terrible film, cheesy acting and iffy plot holes left me unsatisfied and craving something more.

Movie from 2014 grads wins at film festival

Ryan Huang and Maureen Gleason pose on the red carpet at the Catalina Film Festival with their award for Best Student Film.

By Madelyn Kelling, Owatonna HS, Owatonna, Minn.

October 2, 2014

It is a dream come true for former Owatonna High School students Ryan Huang and Maureen Gleason. The two University of Minnesota-Twin Cities freshmen have had a whirlwind summer with their film "The Root of Evil." Over the weekend of Sept. 27-28 the two attended the Catalina Film Festival and won the...

‘Maze Runner’ brings novel to life

'Maze Runner' brings novel to life

By Josh Mesick, St. Louis Park HS, St. Louis Park, Minn.

September 26, 2014

The only thing with more twists and turns than Wes Ball’s “The Maze Runner” is the labyrinth itself.

‘This story needs to be told’

'This story needs to be told'

By Andrea Duncan, Lewisville High School, Lewisville, Texas

September 15, 2014

After six years, loved ones of sisters and former LHS students Sarah and Amina Said have helped in the telling of a story in search of justice. Sarah and Amina were murdered in the back of a taxi cab in Irving on Jan. 1, 2008. Their father, Yaser, was quickly suspected for the crime and has never...

‘The Normal Heart’ is an AIDS story that resonates

'The Normal Heart' is an AIDS story that resonates

By Aparna Verma, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

June 4, 2014

Back in '80s, the HIV/AIDS crisis was rising in New York City. More people, notably gay men, were afflicted by this terrible disease, and, in a time where there was little medical knowledge about this virus, the ordeal was quite frightening. Young men were dying, and the people just didn’t know why....

‘Brick Mansions’ proves to be yet another wasted opportunity in the action genre

'Brick Mansions' proves to be yet another wasted opportunity in the action genre

By Colby Shoup, Homestead HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.

May 27, 2014

The recent resurgence in popularity of the dystopian film in the past five years thanks to “The Hunger Games” would be a welcome and healthy change in Hollywood, if any of the screenwriters behind these movies truly had anything interesting or new to say. Because of this unoriginality in the sub-genre,...

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is a grand slam movie

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is a grand slam movie

By James Mason, Boyertown Area Senior HS, Boyertown, Pa.

May 2, 2014

I’ve been looking forward to seeing "The Grand Budapest Hotel" for nearly two years now, ever since I saw "Moonrise Kingdom," also written and directed by Wes Anderson. Moonrise Kingdom was in my opinion the best movie of 2012, and immediately after seeing it I wanted to see what Anderson (who also c...

More than just okay

More than just okay

By Hannah Beckman, Francis Howell Central High School, St. Charles, Mo.

March 26, 2014

There are some stories that stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page. There are some stories that affect you in ways you never thought that printed words could. There are some stories that teach you how to love, how to live, and how to truly appreciate the world around you. And then there...

‘Jayhawkers’ movie shows how Chamberlain changed more than basketball

'Jayhawkers' movie shows how Chamberlain changed more than basketball

By Ryan Liston, Free State HS, Lawrence, Kan.

March 19, 2014

After a long drive from Philadelphia, Wilt Chamberlain sat down in a restaurant just outside of Lawrence. A waitress comes to his table and tells him he must eat in the kitchen or leave. At first, Chamberlain thinks his height is intimidating other customers, but he soon learns he can’t eat there...

‘Frozen’ thaws the hearts of adults and children alike

'Frozen' thaws the hearts of adults and children alike

By Karly Horn, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.

February 26, 2014

With the holiday season in my rear-view mirror, my one regret is that I didn’t see enough of this year’s holiday release films. Namely, the top box office hit of the season, “Frozen." I simply could not let this animated movie-musical go unwatched before it left theaters, and I am glad I didn’t. The...

Which movie will win Best Picture? Reviews of three nominees

Which movie will win Best Picture? Reviews of three nominees

By Aparna Verma, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

February 24, 2014

The Academy Awards will be presented March 2. Here are excerpts of reviews of three of the nine nominees for Best Picture in 2013. A review of a fourth movie, "Her," is in another post. "American Hustle" "American Hustle" is a crime, comedy-drama film set in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. Directed by David O. Russell, this f...

Too young for R?

Too young for R?

By Zion Douglass, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

October 15, 2013

With the recent release of movies catering to “young adults” such as "The Hunger Games," "Beautiful Creatures," and "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones," Hollywood has been steadily roping in a teenage audience. That being said, there has been an ongoing controversy in the industry over movies...