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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…

The worst of the worst didn’t live up to its amazing trailers, and this SUICIDE SQUAD review explains why. Warning: There are some spoilers regarding Suicide Squad in this review, including the basic premise of the film and its themes. The trailers over the past few months had me definitely excited for Suicide Squad. The music, combined with an eclectic array of characters, plus the whole idea of bad guys fighting as good guys, had me hyped. But did Suicide Squad live up to its hype? I’ll explain my thoughts in this Suicide Squad review. Suicide Squad takes place in the…

The Star Trek Beyond premiere was a wonderful start to San Diego Comic-Con! I’ve been to several movie premieres and they’ve been quite impressive. However, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a movie premiere quite like the one that I went to tonight. From beginning to end, Star Trek Beyond turned out to be quite a spectacular movie. Not only was it exciting and had a somewhat nostalgic flare, especially with the music and the style and the actors involved. But I can honestly say that there hasn’t been a movie that’s had such a fanfare as this one.…

Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance make a magical connection of friendship in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. It’s been a while since Steven Spielberg has directed a live-action movie in which a child was the focus of the film (A.I. Artificial Intelligence which starred Haley Joel Osment as a young boy robot was released in 2001.) But after all this time, Spielberg hasn’t lost his touch with bringing out the best in young talent, and Ruby Barnhill is quite the talent. The movie is based off of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, The BFG, which was published in 1982. (Additionally, that…

Our X-MEN: APOCALYPSE review breaks down the good, the bad, and the glorious parts of this summer popcorn experience! The original X-MEN was released sixteen years ago on July 14th, 2000. It was considered a huge gamble for Fox, because never before had such a close adaptation to the comic book source material been attempted. Now nine movies into it’s cinematic universe, we’ve finally encountered one of the team’s most powerful villains, Apocalypse. Let’s get into the nuts and bolts of the movie, but note, this review has heavy spoilers. The Good: The action in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is impressive. There are several large set pieces…

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