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WONDER WOMAN celebrates its release weekend with a lot of butt-kicking, high energy fun and amazing female presence. After having had high hopes for DC’s previous recent movies, including Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, and being somewhat disappointed, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Wonder Woman. Before watching the movie, I tried to keep my expectations at a lower level, but still, I was hoping. I wanted Wonder Woman to do well in the box office, especially since it was a female character that was the main protagonist, and not only that, but the movie was…

The EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING movie is not short on adorable-ness and shows off the wonderful talent of the two main stars. Nicola Yoon’s novel, Everything Everything was a huge success when it was released in 2015. It’s the story of a girl named Maddy, who suffers from a disease that keeps her from ever leaving her house. Growing up used to being indoors with the company of only her mother and nurse, Carla, Maddy is content. That is, until Olly moves next door. Suddenly, she wants more from life than just walls and fear. The movie follows this same storyline, with Amandla…

Emma Watson dazzles with grace and ferocity as the soft-spoken heroine in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, even without the pretty dresses. From the very start of Beauty and the Beast, with the Disney introduction of the Sleeping Beauty iconic castle logo, you could tell you were in for something magical. Not so much in the witch and wizard battle kind of magic that pervades the Harry Potter universe, despite having a Hogwarts alum in this movie. No, this was a very different, very special, very beautiful kind of magic that enchants people’s hearts to love. Let me explain further. I…

BEFORE I FALL director Ry Russo-Young succeeds in keeping the essence of the novel to film without overindulging on big, weepy moments or over-the-top romance.  Before I Fall is about Samantha Kingston, a teen girl who finds herself reliving the day of her death over and over again, at first unsure and frightened of the prospect of not being able to get past it. But as Sam goes through the day on repeat, she begins to really understand and learn who her friends and family are and starts to unlock the mystery of that fateful night. Based on Lauren Oliver’s…

THE SPACE BETWEEN US is labeled as an adventure/drama/romance, and it certainly does have all those elements in the movie. Whether those labels make it stand out to its target audience, well, that’s a different story. The Space Between Us takes place sometime in the near future and tells the story of a young teenage boy named Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) who was born on Mars. Raised by all of 14 people on the Mars settlement, he’s desperate to go to Earth and find his father. Health complications (due to him being born and raised on the red planet) have prevented him…

This year’s Book-to-Movie Year in Review, we look back at an alien invasion, the third movie in a highly stylized franchise, the relationship between a young girl and her giant friend, two people taking death-defying dares, and a group of kids in a constant time loop.  It’s been a crazy year, but for the Young Adult genre in Hollywood, this probably wasn’t one of the strongest years. Still, we always have hope for better in the coming new year. But before we do that, let’s look back on some of those movies released this year that you may have endured or…

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Disney and Lucasfilms prove the space opera franchise has a bright future in our Rogue One: A Star Wars Story review! (Our non-spoiler review) When Disney announced its first standalone Star Wars movie in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, many (including myself) didn’t know what to think. The franchise always focused on trilogy storylines, and the appetite for characters not named Solo and Skywalker was unknown. Rogue One definitively answers that question in our review of this fast paced, well written, and fun adventure. There is so much to love about this movie. The new characters each stand out in their…

J.K. Rowling’s new journey into the wizarding world is nothing short of fantastic in our Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them review! Minor spoilers below. I approached Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with a level of skepticism. As a huge Harry Potter fan, part of me wanted any excuse to go back to the world of polyjuice potions and the Ministry of Magic. Yet I also feared the movie would devolve into a cash grab for studio. In the end, these concerns never came close to actualizing. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them manages to capture the…

The Sorcerer Supreme comes to life in this brilliant, fun, and gloriously weird adaptation in our Doctor Strange review! (Minor spoilers below.) Iron Man debuted in the summer of 2008, and to date Marvel has released thirteen other comic book films. Of the lot, five of them told origin stories, so there had been talk of early onset superhero fatigue. We can safely put that conversation to rest for the foreseeable future. Doctor Strange not only proves Marvel still has stories tell, they deserve the benefit of the doubt when launching new franchises. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Doctor Stephen…

I went to see MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN in 3-D… and I liked it! A lot! I have to admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of Ransom Riggs’ book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I didn’t hate it, but the writing-style and the antique images was very different, maybe too different, for me to truly enjoy. However, that didn’t stop me from being excited when I heard the news that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was going to be adapted into a feature film. When it was confirmed that Tim Burton was going to be…

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