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FURIOUS 7 Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson Furious 7 Review The Fast and the Furious was one of the first films I reviewed and covered as a new entertainment reporter back in 2001. I thought it was cheesy, but I loved all the street-peeling hotrods. It was all about the vroooming vehicles! As the franchise went on,…

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FREETOWN Review

As much complaining as we do about life in the U.S., we take an awful lot for granted. Every now and then, however, we see something in the media that humbles us, making our first world complaints seem petty and insignificant. Such is the case with the harrowing film Freetown, based on the true story of six Christian…

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DIAL A PRAYER Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson If everyone’s using their cells these days, this movie might have been better-titled as Punch A Prayer or Text A Prayer (in fact, I’m sure there’s an app for that). It’s set in present time, but Dial A Prayer, starring Brittany Snow as Cora – an unwilling mini-messiah – has…

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GET HARD Review

Heaven help me, I think Get Hard is criminally funny. For the record, I had to drag myself to go see it, because it didn’t exactly sound like my type of film–the premise seemed brutal, and the title sounded crude. Still, I thought it just might have a slim chance of being amusing if the chemistry sparked between Will Ferrell…

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TRUE STORY Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson Liars are everywhere in our everyday existence – politicians, attorneys, children, spouses, and even in the mirror. An extensive 2002 study by University of Massachusetts’s Robert Feldman found that people told two lies in a 10-minute conversation, and 10 lies per week on average. (What with the surge of social media…

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INSURGENT Review

First of all, let me just state that I love dystopian future films with kick-ass heroines. Heaven knows there are enough of them trying to climb on the Hunger Games bandwagon. I was also a fan of the Divergent series long before it was it was picked up by Summit/Lionsgate for a film franchise. I thought the…

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CINDERELLA Movie Review

How can you not love a film when you see it in a theater packed with little girls in pretty princess dresses, holding hands with their mothers wearing tiaras? I can almost assure you that will be the case when you go see it too, and that you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did. Cinderella is…

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THE GUNMAN Review

By Staci Layne Wilson @StaciWilson Based on a French crime novel, helmed by the director of Taken, and starring a, er, mature, muscle-bound male with a perpetual scowl, The Gunman certainly doesn’t break new ground. Unnecessarily convoluted given its simple premise, it’s as though the screenwriters (all three of them) were trying to hide their…

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RUN ALL NIGHT Review

Life is too short to sit through this type of grim, violent, ugly film. If you’re expecting another Liam Neeson “I WILL find you!” the twist being that this time he’s searching for his son, rather than his daughter, you’ll be not only disappointed, but perhaps discomfited that you wasted good money and a good night on a…

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THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Review

Warm, fuzzy, colorful and comfortable, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is much like your favorite pashmina–the one that makes you feel happy every time you wear it. On this return visit, all your favorite characters are still staying at the original inn, and it’s so successful that the loquacious Sonny, played by Dev Patel, is attempting to attract…

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