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The Maze Runner Movie Review

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Film adaptations of popular young adult novels have become particularly popular in the past few years. Ever since the booming success of the final installments of the Harry Potter film series, Hollywood execs have realized that there is a goldmine to be reaped in this market. The problem with this mentality, like with most Hollywood cash grabs, is that the quality of these films is usually very lacking, and the adaptations don’t do any justice to the original material. Once in awhile, there’s an exceptional series such as The Hunger Games which raises the bar for the other installments in the genre, but these films are few and far between. This weekend, a new YA novel adaptation called The Maze Runner is hitting theaters, and it’s a surprisingly enjoyable film. Continue reading The Maze Runner Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

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Movies that don’t take themselves too seriously are usually given a pass on a lot of the crimes that they commit. Comedies like Airplane! and the Monty Python films aren’t supposed to be analyzed for their plot as much as they are to be enjoyed for their simplicity. But what about sci-fi movies that have frequent humor, like this weekends’ new Guardians of the Galaxy? This film feels like a combination of Galaxy Quest and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, and it’s one of the most fun sci-fi adventures that I’ve seen in awhile. Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

Lucy Movie Review

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Many people thought that Lucy was going to be a direct rip-off of Limitless, another film that involves the concept of unlocking the secrets of the mind. I haven’t seen Limitless, but from what I understand about it, Lucy takes quite a different direction. Whenever I hear arguments about a movie “ripping off” an earlier film, I notice that the people speaking about the similarities between the two flicks don’t understand the purpose and message of each individual work. There are only a few cases in which I find these arguments valid, and even then there are places where they fall through. With that in mind, let’s evaluate Lucy. Continue reading Lucy Movie Review