The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Shailene WoodleyJosh Boone directs the latest addition to the YA genre. The movie is adapted from the highly acclaimed and best-selling book, of the same name, written by John Green. Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is a precocious and rather normal 16-year-old girl who has Stage IV thyroid cancer. To appease her parents and doctor, Hazel agrees to attend a cancer support group meeting at a local church. There she meets Augustus “Gus” Waters (Ansel Elgort). Waters is a cancer survivor who is attending the meeting in support for his best friend, Isaac, who has a tumor in his one remaining eye. Read More…

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Bryan Singer returns to direct the latest installment in the X-Men franchise. In 2023, Sentinels reign supreme and have eliminated many mutants as well as non-mutants who would one day birth the mutant gene. As depicted in the opening sequence, the Sentinels are almost indestructible in that they can adapt to each mutants’ powers. Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) consciousness is sent back in time to prevent the event that would spark the present’s apocalyptic and despair-filled world. The film brings together the cast from the original trilogy and their younger counterparts (as featured in X-Men: First Class (2011)). Read More…

Godzilla (2014)

Gareth Edwards directs the latest reboot to the ever popular Godzilla universe. In this iteration, the origins of the creature are established and scenes fifteen years in the past setup the premise for the present’s perilous predicaments. Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and his son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) investigate the truth behind a nuclear malfunction that killed many at a power plant in Japan fifteen years ago. There they learn the truth behind the recent seismic activity. Read More…

The Amazing Spiderman 2: Rise of Electro (2014)

Andrew Garfield returns as the web-slinging superhero in the sequel to The Amazing Spider-man (2012). Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-man, faces many obstacles throughout the film. In addition to the title villain, Electro (Jaime Foxx), Spidey battles The Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and for a small part the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Peter also battles with immense guilt over promising his girlfriend’s father, Police Captain George Stacy, that he’d abide his dying wish that he’d stay away from his daughter, the radiant Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Read More…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Anthony and Joe Russo direct the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. The story picks up a couple of years after the events of The Avengers movie. Captain America, a.k.a Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), has for the most part acclimated to life as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. His life pretty much revolves around various missions assigned to him from Nick Furry (Samuel L. Jackson). Scarlett Johansson plays Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow. Read More…

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Zach Snyder writes the latest iteration from Frank Miller’s graphic novel universe. The film is not a sequel, but more so a companion piece in which the events parallel those of the original movie. The original film helped propel Snyder to fame. This movie centers on the battle between General Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) of Athens and Persian, naval commander Artemisia (Eva Green).

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Divergent (2014)

Divergent PosterNeil Burger directs the screen adaptation of Veronica Roth’s blockbuster-hit novel, “Divergent.”  Roth, a native Chicagoan wrote the novel and its two sequels while attending Northwestern University at the age of 21.  The book is set in a futuristic and vastly dystopian society.  After a devastating war that supposedly consumes the rest of the world, the survivors form a society in which each member is separated into five factions: Erudite (smart), Amity (peaceful), Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (brave) and Candor (honest).  Read More…

Did “Biggest Loser” Winner Rachel Frederickson Lose Too Much Weight?

Rachel Frederickson at the start of “The Biggest Loser” (L) and on the finale (R). (NBC/Paul Drinkwater/AP; NBC/Trae Patton/AP)

Rachel Frederickson at the start of “The Biggest Loser” (L) and on the finale (R). (NBC/Paul Drinkwater/AP; NBC/Trae Patton/AP)

Much controversy has been stirred by Monday’s season finale of NBC’s “Biggest Loser.”  Rachel Frederickson stunned trainers and fans by losing an astonishing 155 lbs and dropping her total weight to a paltry 105 lbs.  Stunned faces of trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper were indicative of the contestant’s vast body transformation.  Many on Twitter and in the media are questioning if this once obese contestant has now partaken in a reverse eating disorder of anorexia.  Read More…

Why I won’t be watching the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi…

SochiI’ve been watching the Olympics for as long as I can remember.  I regularly watch both the Winter and Summer Olympics.  I’ve always tried to see as many activities as I can possibly watch (not the easiest task).  It is definitely a tradition of mine.  I simply love watching the best athletes compete in a world venue.  While I have been a loyal viewer of the Games for most of my life, this year I will refrain from watching a single minute. Read More…

Devil’s Due (2014)

Devils DueMatt Bettinelli-Olpin directs the latest “horror” film about demonic impregnation.  Zach (Zach Gilford) and Samantha (Allison Miller) have a honeymoon that literally changes their lives.  After a disturbing session with a palm reader, the couple is tricked into going to a famous “club” on the outskirts of town.  The next morning the couple has no clue how they got to their apartment, but figure they must have had a good time.  And by good time they must mean that Samantha was impregnated with an anti-Christ.  Read More…

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