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Latest Remake of “Annie” Hits a High Note

By Kirstyn Pelletier ’16

"Annie" is a great experience for fans of musicals.

“Annie” is a great experience for fans of musicals.

“Annie” is a popular musical movie about an orphan girl who gets the chance of a lifetime when the richest man in the world invites her to his home for a few weeks, then ends up adopting her.

This movie has had two remakes. The original “Annie” was released in 1982,with little redhead Aileen Quinn playing the singing orphan. The first remake released in 1999 featured Alicia Morton as “Annie,” the curly red hair now a red bob. This version has a lot more singing than the original.

Annabelle: The Haunted Doll

By Haley Knowlton, ’17

Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton star in "Annabelle," the latest horror film from producer James Wan.

Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton star in “Annabelle,” the latest horror film from producer James Wan.

During the month of October more and more horror movies are released. But from those many, “Annabelle” rises above the fray and is a genuinely  suspenseful horror movie.

In “Annabelle,” the most recent film by producer James Wan of “Saw” and “The Conjuring” fame, John and Mia Gordon (played by Ward Horton and Annabelle Wallis, respectively) are expecting their first child, and they get into an argument when John doesn’t show enough enthusiasm about the baby. As a way to make up, John gives Mia a porcelain doll named Annabelle that Mia had been trying to find for years. Shortly after, Mia is brutally attacked by two members of a satanic cult. Following the attack, the Annabelle doll becomes possessed by a demon that will only stop when it consumes a willing soul.

Top 5 Films of 2013

By Ashley Bowden, ’14

With several amazing films released this past year it was a struggle to figure out which 5 won the race. I hope you enjoy the ones I have chosen and please comment telling us what you believe were the best movies of the year!

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2014

By Alex Lally, ’14

2014 is going to be a great year for film. There are so many genres, adaptations, and original ideas to cover. I’ve compiled a list of what I feel are going to be the most anticipated films of this year. The list is based upon media coverage, Internet buzz, IMDB rankings, and my own personal opinion.

Stacked Actors: American Hustle

By Alex Lally, ’14

“American Hustle” is easily one of the best films of 2013. The film, directed by David O. Russell, is a fictionalized retelling of the ABSCAM public corruption scandal in New Jersey in the late 1970s and features an all-star cast of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. I had very high expectations for this film and had been waiting for it since last January, and though it was good, it was ultimately disappointing on some levels.

Disney Breaks Out with “Banks”

By Alex Lally, ’14

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in Disney's latest film, "Saving Mr. Banks," the story of bringing "Mary Poppins" to the big screen.

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in Disney’s latest film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” the story of bringing “Mary Poppins” to the big screen.

Walt Disney Pictures rarely aims for “Oscar bait,” mainly focusing on profits and maintaining a family-friendly line of films. However, “Saving Mr. Banks” is an exception, with its brilliant lead duo of Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, high production values of1960s scenery, and a heavy dose of drama. For those unaware, “Saving Mr. Banks” tells the story of Walt Disney (Hanks) fighting for the rights to the now beloved classic novel, “Mary Poppins”, from its original author, P.L. Travers (Thompson), who is skeptical of it being adapted. The film occasionally intercuts to parts of Travers’ childhood and family in Australia.

Parkland: Aftermath of an Assasination

By Alex Lally, ’14

Zac Efron stars as Dr. Jim Carrico, a doctor that tried to save President Kennedy, in the new film "Parkland."

Zac Efron stars as Dr. Jim Carrico, a doctor that tried to save President Kennedy, in the new film “Parkland.”

Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. His death is one of the most tragic deaths in American history. The new film “Parkland” shows the point of view of the people that experienced the tragedy, including the Parkland Hospital staff, the Secret Service, the F.B.I., Abraham Zapruder, and Robert Oswald.

Catching Fire Catches Audience Attention

By Ashley Bowden, ’14

Perfect. That one word sums up “Catching Fire,” the second installment in “The Hunger Games” series. The excitement for this film has been building up since the release of the first movie and they gave us exactly what we wanted, more. The actors and actresses did a phenomenal job capturing the personalities of their characters and bring the book to life, which was what I was happiest about. This movie captured the book better than the first film did. It got in those small details and it was exactly what I pictured when reading the book.

Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) reprise their roles in the second installment in The Hunger Games series.

Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) reprise their roles in the second installment in The Hunger Games series.

 did an amazing job presenting the love growing between the two. All the emotions the book wanted you to feel, this movie just puts them over the top.

Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice with Thor: The Dark World

By Alex Lally, ’14

Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Thor in the sequel to the 2011 film.

Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Thor in the sequel to the 2011 film.

Are you looking for a dark and epic tale of epic proportion with some pretty cool fantasy elements, visuals, and great writing? Well, look away and wait for the second “Hobbit” film in December because “Thor: The Dark World” is not the movie for you.

“Thor: The Dark World” is the latest film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the sequel to the 2011 “Thor” film. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, and Tom Hiddleson as Loki. The supporting cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Eccleston, Jamie Alexander, Kat Dennings, and Idris Elba.

At first the film seems like it is going to be dark and epic saga with a much deeper look at the Thor mythos. Instead, viewers get a mediocre plot and one too many quirky one liners.

Keep Calm and “Carrie” On

Chloe Mortez stars as Carrie in the latest Stephen King adaptation.

Chloe Mortez stars as Carrie in the latest Stephen King adaptation.

By Alex Lally, ’14

“Carrie” is a supernatural horror film directed by Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”), with Chloë Mortez (“Kick-Ass”) in the titular role and Julianne Moore (“Boogie Nights”) as Carrie’s mother, Margaret White. The supporting cast includes Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde, and Alex Russell. “Carrie” is the third adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name.