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‘Dracula Untold’ leaves thirst for blood unquenched

‘Dracula Untold’ leaves thirst for blood unquenched

Izzy Peterson, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

October 30, 2014


Filed under Movies, Showcase

"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

Movie from 2014 grads wins at film festival

Madelyn Kelling, Owatonna HS, Owatonna, Minn.

October 2, 2014


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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

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

September 26, 2014


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

Wait – my Tanakh teacher is a singing astronaut?

Wait – my Tanakh teacher is a singing astronaut?

Maayan Waldman, Shalhevet High School, Los Angeles

September 15, 2014


Filed under Features, Movies

A member of the Maccabeats -- the famous Yeshiva University singing group -- is working part-time at Shalhevet this year while he creates his own solo music album in Los Angeles.

‘The Normal Heart’ is an AIDS story that resonates

‘The Normal Heart’ is an AIDS story that resonates

Aparna Verma, Catonsville HS, Catonsville, Md.

June 4, 2014


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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

Colby Shoup, Homestead HS, Fort Wayne, Ind.

May 27, 2014


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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

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

May 2, 2014


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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...

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is strong stuff

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is strong stuff

Charlotte Vitti, Watertown HS, Watertown, Mass.

April 9, 2014


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To the relief of fans everywhere “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” destroys the precedent set by its rather lackluster predecessor, “The First Avenger.” The characters are well-developed, the plot is intriguing, and the CGI is spectacular. It all comes together in a wonderful blend of dram...