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Movie Review: 'Mockingjay'

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Back in 2012, I put the original “Hunger Games” on my Best of the Year list. It had everything I love about film: intriguing characters, intense action and a very engaging narrative.

It left me pumped up and ready for “Catching Fire.”

While I was not as big a fan of “Catching Fire” as other critics, I did enjoy it for the same reasons they did: a tight story, even better action and great development of its characters.

The biggest flaw with that film was its ending, which I will not spoil for those who haven’t seen it. Read More»

Sink Your Claws into this Summer Slash-Fest

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The “Wolverine “is Marvel’s latest edition to ongoing X-Men film series, and it’s actually pretty good. The plot isn’t (totally) ridiculous, it’s easy to like and care about the characters, and the action is well-choreographed.
Hugh Jackman also gives renewed energy to his character, energy he lost in the pitiful X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. If you have seen and liked the other X-men movies, then Wolverine should entertain you. If not, then look elsewhere. Read More»

The best films of 2012

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Last year, I decided to make a top 10 best films list. Since it was my first time, I was mildly careless and accidentally put “Breaking Dawn: Part 1” on my list when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was meant to be there. It’s been a year now, and I will not make a mistake so damaging to my masculinity this year. Here are, in my opinion, the films of 2012, in nor particular order: Read More»

You gotta move it, move it to see ‘Europe’s Most Wanted’

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*** 1/2

Seven years ago, I wrote a film review of “Madagascar.” The Citizen was having a contest where they wanted a kid to send in a review of a new film. I wrote one (Not my best, but hey, I was 10), and sent it in. The paper liked it so much that they wanted to talk to me. So, my mother drove me up to The Citizen and we talked to Michael Boylan for a few minutes. He liked me so much that he gave me a job as a reviewer for kids’ films. I love what I do and, though the first “Madagascar” might not be the best animated film in the world, it will always be special to me. Read More»

'Hugo': Scorsese’s film runs like an endless film reel

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Movies come out every year. They get good reviews, bad reviews, and mixed reviews. I, as a critic, enjoy reviewing these numerous films, the good, the bad, and the too ugly for words. I am a person who usually either likes a movie or hates it. The point is that I don’t give mixed reviews to many films. I will give a film a mixed review if I believe a proper tone is not set, the events are odd or if it starts out one way and ends another. “Hugo” is an example of the first and third reasons for me giving a film a mixed review. Read More»

A wedding viewed from the mind of an Aspergian

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Several months ago, my parents informed me of the wedding of my cousin Matthew. I had no memory of ever meeting Matthew in my life, so it seemed we were going to yet another wedding in a barn (Barn weddings seem to be the new tradition in our family).

A few months later, my mother got us all very expensive tickets to “Wicked”, which was playing at the Fox Theater. The play was one night before we had to leave for Raleigh, so we decided to see it. Read More»

'Kung-Fu Panda 2': 2 Much Action, 2 Little Plot

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There is a famous actor by the name of Jackie Chan. He has made numerous films, some really good (“The Karate Kid” remake) and some really bad (“Rush Hour 3”). The reason some of his movies are bad is their overreliance on action sequences. They have a bare minimum amount of plot, but hey, who needs that when you can see Jackie punch a guy in the face with his foot? DreamWorks’ latest film, “Kung-Fu Panda 2,” is like a bad Jackie Chan film with cute animals as characters. Read More»

'Beastly': The name says it all

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I recently saw a new film with a quite self-explanatory name: “Beastly.” The actors are fine and the source material (the story of “Beauty and the Beast”) is solid, but the film itself is too unbelievable. This is one of those films where you wish it would have been on the Lifetime channel, where they somehow thrive on making movies like this. Read More»

What I did this summer

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I have been writing movie reviews for The Citizen for almost five years, and although some may think that reviewing a movie is easy, I can tell you that it’s not. Reviewing a movie means you have to see it, research who the actors, writer(s) and director are and then find a way to express your opinion to the readers in a few paragraphs. As a teenager, this especially becomes hard when big blockbusters like “Avatar” or the highly popular “Transformers” and “Twilight” franchises rear their ugly heads again and again. Read More»

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