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“The Living Room of Jacksonville”: Residents Rage Against Sale of Five Points Theater

Words by Mallory Pace Since 2011, the Sun-Ray Cinema has been a landmark spot for what’s widely considered the last of historic movie theaters, bringing in residents from all corners and outskirts of Riverside, providing a feeling of nostalgia for when times were simpler, people were friendlier, and movie concessions were cheaper. Before it was Sun-Ray, it was a conglomerate

July 2024 Film Reviews

INSIDE OUT 2 Pixar’s “Inside Out” explored our feelings by taking us inside the mind of a young girl named Riley where we see the personified emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust working together in a control room to guide her through life’s ups and downs. The sequel picks

THE HELP Movie Review

August 15, 2011
by Rick Grant Tate Taylor’s screenplay adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel tells the story of a scary smart young woman, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) who writes a scandalous book that breaks all the racist social taboos of their Mississippi town. The book, “The Help,” was put together from interviews

Crazy, Stupid, Love Movie Review

July 31, 2011
by Rick Grant Screenwriter Dan Fogelman achieved a tour de force script by designing a story that’s both serious and funny simultaneously. Co-directors, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa orchestrate the script with brilliant precision. The film also showcases Steve Carell’s savvy acting skill. He pulled off a delicate balance between

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 Movie Review

July 25, 2011
by Rick Grant Ten years, eight films, 20 hours of viewing, four directors, and six billion dollars in box office sales–finally, the Harry Potter franchise has come to an end. Of course, the popularity of J.K. Rowling’s books has driven this movie phenomenon into the deep space of commercial success.

Horrible Bosses Movie Review

July 11, 2011
CHRIS CICCHINO – PHOTO: SCOTT SUCHMAN by Rick Grant This scenario is funny because of deft direction by Seth Gordon, a well written script by Michael Marches, and perfect comedic timing by the cast. More importantly, everyone can identify with the story of bad bosses. Indeed, in my case, I’ve

Zookeeper Movie Review

July 11, 2011
by Rick Grant Kevin James knows his niche as a low-ball comedy actor who specializes in physical humor and cheap laughs. In most of his films, James presses the limits of physical comedy to become boring and unfunny. However, in this unabashedly Dr. Doolittle inspired movie, surrounded by talking animals,

BUCK movie review

July 8, 2011
by Erin Thursby Works of fiction often have some sort of basis in reality. The documentary Buck gives us a portrait of Buck Brannaman, the man who inspired the book and movie The Horse Whisperer. The first-time director Cindy Meehl, delivers a touching film that never gets as hokey as

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Movie Review

July 5, 2011
by Rick Grant For this third in the series of Transformer movies, Michael Bay decided that more of everything was better–more battle scenes; more explosions; more citywide destruction; et al. Yeah, he figures that action junkies just can’t get enough of those autobots destroying each other and an entire city.

Bad Teacher Movie Review

June 23, 2011
by Rick Grant Cameron Diaz’s career seems to have stumbled lately and she was looking for a different vehicle that allowed her to get naughty with ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake. So she signed on to this quirky comedy that features Diaz as a foulmouthed, hard living, seventh grade teacher, Elizabeth Halsey,

Green Lantern Movie Review

June 19, 2011
by Rick Grant The central theme of this comic book scenario is, humans are fearful, but in overcoming their fear, they gain power over their will. Thus, their power is greater than the forces of evil in the universe. And so, in typical comic book lore, this film presents a

Super 8 Movie Review

June 13, 2011
by Rick Grant This movie is filmmaker J.J. Abrams’ homage to Steven Spielberg, who collaborated on the project. The key to this film is: it’s what you don’t see that is scary. The scenario is a multi-layered fantasy as seen through the eyes of four young fledgling filmmakers making a
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