A Modern Day Beauty & The Beast

Beastly, a novel by Alex Flinn is now a full-length feature film that was released this weekend. The novel/film is a modern day version on the classic story of Beauty & The Beast.

The film revolves around a teenage guy named Kyle Kingston (played by Alex Pettyfer) who is obsessed with the way he looks and was taught by his father that beautiful people always get what they want. He becomes transformed into an ugly person by a classmate of his, Kendra (played by Mary-Kate Olsen), who he finds out is actually a witch. She tells him he has until next spring to find a girl to tell him she loves him and the spell will break.

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A Film for Kids That’s not for Kids

Take a bunch of random animals, throw them into a computer animated western world, and what do you have? You have the masterpiece of a film that is Rango.

Rango stars Johnny Depp as an unnamed pet chameleon who later takes on the name Rango after he winds up in a town called Dirt in the middle of a desert in Nevada and pretends to be a tough drifter who just wandered in. He finds out from a female lizard named Beans (played by Isla Fisher) that the town is running dangerously low on water, and after he proves his toughness, he is named sheriff and vows to find the mystery of the low water supply.

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Harry Potter and the Prolonged Camping Trip

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November 19th, 2010, the next installment of the highest grossing franchise in film history, the Harry Potter series, was released on this date. Being a fan of Harry Potter, of both the novels and the films, I was excited for the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, and my excitement had been worth it. The final book in the series was my favorite out of the seven, so I had anticipated this film for a long time. The film did not disappoint either; Part I is currently my favorite of the series now as well.

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Aliens Are The New Zombies

Imagine you’re sleeping after a long night of partying, and all of a sudden this bright blue light starts shining through your window. The light is mesmerizing and you have no control over the pull it has on you. This light is also like a poison, your blood vessels start burning, but the light is so mesmerizing that you don’t even notice. All of a sudden, you are taken off the ground and into a giant mother ship from another planet. This experience is what happens to all of Los Angeles in the film Skyline.

Skyline centers on a couple, Jarrod (Eric Balfour) and Elaine (Scottie Thompson). They visit Los Angeles because Jarrod’s friend Terry (Donald Faison) is celebrating his birthday. Then the night after the party, aliens from a different planet invade Los Angeles and start stealing people. Throughout the film, Jarrod, Elaine, and their friends fight to survive this alien encounter.

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Code Red Has A Whole New Meaning

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Before I went to go see the film, Red, I read the graphic novel it was based on. After reading it, I was extremely happy that the only similarities between the film and the graphic novel were the title, and the main character’s name.

The graphic novel consists of three chapters, and I would say that 75% of the content consisted of stylized killings. I am all for some good violence scenes in a graphic novel, but if it is taking up the majority of the story, with no dialogue, it grows dull. The graphic novel did not really have any closure at the end; it leaves you with a cliffhanger. Even though the cliffhanger does give you the opportunity for you to give it your own ending, the plot mainly consists of random killings and a little back-story of the main character, Frank Moses.

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