What happens in Last Vegas, should stay in Las Vegas

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Writer: Dan Fogelman
Cast:  Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Stenburgen

Nothing could be as heart-wrenching as seeing an amazing ensemble of award-winning actors trying to resuscitate a plot line that is as predictable as your next intake of medicine.

Maybe the producers of Last Vegas thought that by placing Oscar-winning actors in a supposed comedy, they could pull off box office success, regardless of having worn-out jokes and tired punch lines concerning Viagra, hip replacements, and body pains. But these respectable actors could only do so much and this movie, which could be seen as a GP version of the Hangover trilogy, has failed to deliver on its promise of being a comedy.

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Game of Thrones recap: Peter Dinklage, write your acceptance speech

Guess who just cemented his position as an Emmy frontrunner this year? If your guess is Peter Dinklage, then you are right on the money.

But aside from the Peter’s stellar performance, this week’s episode of Game of Thrones will go down in history as the first not to feature a member of the Stark family. Who would have thought that we’d be able to go through an episode without Jon, Arya, Bran or Sansa? Bold move, HBO, bold move.

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That Awkward Moment wasted its charms

Director: Tom Gormican
Writer: Tom Gormican
Cast: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas

Even Zac Efron’s abs could not save it.

Three friends find themselves in relationship conundrums and they try to decipher what to do next about it. Jason (Zac Efron) sits on a bench, apparently waiting for someone, and tells the story from the beginning. After learning that his wife is having an affair and wants to divorce him, Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) gets dragged into a bar by his friends, Jason and Daniel, to meet new people. Mikey meets a girl with glasses (Kate Simses) but doesn’t call her until the end of the movie, as he keeps trying to patch things up with his wife, Vera (Jessica Lucas). Daniel eventually falls for his wingwoman, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis). And Jason meets Ellie (Imogen Poots), a writer. He commits a lot of what would be considered relationship mistakes, yet of course, she is the one he’s waiting for while sitting on that bench. All these become complicated when the three friends make a pact to remain single and help each other out during this time in their lives.

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Revisiting life’s heartbreaks in Forrest Gump

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With film adaptations of popular young adult novels coming one after another, we once again experience the two-edged power of the page and of the screen. But there’s more to book-to-screens beyond imaginary worlds, exciting action, and young love. This May, we dig deeper into a favorite theme in literature and film — coming-of-age. Grab some tissue because here are some book-to-screens that would break your hearts and make you cry.


Director: Robert Zemeckis
Screenplay: Eric Roth, based on Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field

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We all have regarded Forrest Gump (1994) as the kind of movie to watch with our families on a fine Sunday morning — touching, heartfelt, and inspiring. And much has been said about the film’s heartwarming screenplay and Tom Hanks’ impeccable performance as the iconic protagonist (let the six Oscars speak to you). But a second (or third or fourth) look at this film would make us realize that Forrest’s life is a reminder that life has its fair share of happiness and heartbreaks. Anyway, as what Forrest’s momma always said, “Life [is] like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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Show to watch out for: Gotham shows the dark history behind the notorious city

Move over, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., another comic book-based tv show is here to shake up the competition.

Fox’s Gotham has been under our radar for quite sometime already but it was not until we’ve watched the newly-released trailer did we become fully convinced that it may be actually be something to watch out for.

The trailer sets off some darkly noir vibes set in the infamous city that’s arguably the most notorious in all of comic universe.

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Game of Thrones recap: Littlefinger is the real enemy

Following the creepy White Walker reveal in the last episode, Game of Thrones returns this week with a coronation, confrontations and several killings. Because a Game of Thrones episode without a murder scene is considered a dull affair (See what I did there?).

Tommen Baratheon’s coronation opened the episode. Throughout the celebration, our boy king could not keep his eyes away from Margaery Tyrell who stands proximate to His Grace as he welcomes his well-wishers.  Tommen and Margaery’s flirtatious glances caught the attention of Queen Regent Cersei Lannister who immediately went out to confront the recently-widowed.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not amazing at all

Director: Marc Webb
Screenplay: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner
Cast:  Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper

My problem with The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is its sheer existence. Why did Sony have to do a reboot when it has already established a superior franchise back in 2002 witn Sam Raimi at the helm? Upon seeing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, my problem was further reinforced.

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Why Mean Girls Matters: A Fan Manifesto

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Director: Mark Waters
Screenplay: Tina Fey
Cast:  Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lizzy Caplan, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jonathan Bennett, Daniel Franzese

Mean Girls…How do we begin to explain Mean Girls? In all its flawlessness, it needs no validation: it is the quintessential high school movie; the queen bee, if you must. And if you don’t know it, you’ve been living under a rock, or homeschooled by your research zoologist parents while spending your formative years in Africa. The wisecracks (say crack again? CRACK) has punched our hearts for 10 years now, and it’s still awesome.

Yes. Yes it is.

Yes. Yes it is.

And yes, I’ve packed 5 movie references in that first paragraph, and I’m unrepentant about it.

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