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Shakespeare Adaptation Successfully Places the Bard Into the Modern World

Shakespeare Adaptation Successfully Places the Bard Into the Modern World

On the rare occasion that William Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” comes up in conversation, most people think of some sort of adaptation, whether it’s an awkward effort by a high-school drama club or KennethBranagh’s star-studded 1993 version. It’s been 20 years since Branagh’s film hit theaters, but now an updated version is[Read More…]

by June 21, 2013 0 comments The Guide
Superman Returns With a Film Strong Enough to Resurrect the Franchise

Superman Returns With a Film Strong Enough to Resurrect the Franchise

5/5 stars In a world of Disney-fied Marvel films and a brooding Batman saga, only one man is a beacon of hope: HenryCavill’s Superman. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel — a reboot of the classic superhero franchise — ditches the red undies, ups the existential crises and provides a happy medium between the campy and[Read More…]

by June 14, 2013 0 comments The Guide
Quirky Indie Film Promises to Rule the Silver Screen This Summer

Quirky Indie Film Promises to Rule the Silver Screen This Summer

5/5 stars Close your eyes and imagine this unorthodox combination: The Hangover meetsMoonrise Kingdom. Throw in Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally — Ron Swanson and Tammy 2 on “Parks and Recreation” — and you’ve got The Kings of Summer. But director Jordan Vogt-Roberts makes it all work, expertly crafting a group of rowdy teenage boys with his[Read More…]

by June 7, 2013 0 comments The Guide
Netflix Show Captures Political Drama

Netflix Show Captures Political Drama

4/5 stars Netflix has done it again. First, it contributed to Blockbuster’s bankruptcy with on-demand DVDs and online streaming. Now, Netflix is gunning for network and cable television with its first original series, “House of Cards.” The online structure frees Netflix from the formatting and content constraints of regular television.[Read More…]

by February 13, 2013 0 comments The Guide

Sparkle’ Struggles to Shine

by August 20, 2012 0 comments The Guide
An Epic Conclusion to the Batman Saga

An Epic Conclusion to the Batman Saga

5/5 stars Cryptic trailers released last summer have had fans rabid for the finale of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and now The Dark Knight Rises is finally here in all its epic glory. Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is a self-torturing recluse and Batman[Read More…]

by July 19, 2012 0 comments The Guide
This ‘Magic’ Moment: Three Stars for Six Pack Abs

This ‘Magic’ Moment: Three Stars for Six Pack Abs

3/5 stars There’s no denying that Magic Mike is the 50 Shades of Grey of summer movies. This weekend, people everywhere flocked to theaters for the excuse to watch the naked gyrations of steamy men like Channing Tatum (The Vow), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Alex Pettyfer (Beastly), Matthew McConaughey (We[Read More…]

by July 2, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Rock of Ages’ Brings Nothin’ But a Good Time

Rock of Ages’ Brings Nothin’ But a Good Time

3/5 Stars Rock of Ages, a musical comedy about music, features an expansive cast of A-list celebrities filling a variety of roles. There’s a diva (Mary J. Blige), a heartthrob (Tom Cruise), and a crazy person (Russell Brand), as well as a mixture of the three (Alec Baldwin). However, what the[Read More…]

by June 15, 2012 0 comments The Guide

A Carnivore’s Paradise at Country Hill

Five Stars $$ I love eating meat. Although I may be just a short blond girl, I can put down a KFC Double Down in five minutes flat. Unfortunately, for the past few weeks I’ve been subsisting on Easy Mac and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because Leo’s is closed.[Read More…]

by May 23, 2012 0 comments The Guide

With a Sense of Disappointment

Amazon.com knows me too well. Every morning I wake up and have a new email lying in wait: “20 percent off the Best Books of 2011!” or “Critics Love This Amazing Read!” Enticed, I open the email to discover which book I have to buy next. Unfortunately, due to my[Read More…]

by March 29, 2012 0 comments The Guide