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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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