Into the Woods: a magical, musical, praiseworthy adaptation

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Fair warning: this review is likely to be a little biased. Why? Because this is quite possibly my favorite musical of all time. Some of you may already know this, but I was a bit of a theatre geek growing up. A good chunk of my middle and high school years involved spending time in the auditorium after school, running lines and singing songs and trying to make theatrical magic. Continue reading

Maleficent: does Jolie’s magic save a mediocre movie?

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I’m not sure why, but this film struck me as one I wanted to check out almost as soon as I caught the first trailer. It’s weird though—Sleeping Beauty is one of my least favorite Disney cartoons (because let’s be real: Princess Aurora is kind of useless), and I’ve never really cared one way or the other about Angelina Jolie. Nonetheless, Maleficent found its way onto my 20 Films of 2014 list, and I made a point to go see it opening weekend. Continue reading

Thor: The Dark World: one of Marvel’s best yet

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Can I make a confession? As a nerd, I feel kind of guilty saying this, but…I don’t love the first Thor film. I think Chris Hemsworth does a solid job as the title Norse god/superhero, and Tom Hiddleston, of course, absolutely eats up the role of Thor’s angsty, mischievous brother, Loki, but I feel that the film as a whole is very meh. So my first impression of Thor was not dazzling. However, after Continue reading