On Screen

"Mental" Movie Review

by Katie Gile If there’s one thing you can call Director/Writer P.J. Hogan’s “Mental,” it’s quirky. Defying genre with seemingly random references, charming indie tunes and a super-saturated color aesthetic, it’s a film about accepting oneself, warts and all. As “Mental” begins, we meet Shirley Moochmore (Rebecca Gibney) as she waltzes through her yard singing “the Sound of Music.” Her five outcast daughters shrink in embarrassment at their presumably insane mother, with no support or presence from their politically ambitious and unfaithful father, Barry Moochmore (Anthony LaPaglia). Lacking the “instinct of conformity” the five girls assume themselves insane because that’s …

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April Films – in theatres

April 5 EVIL DEAD In the highly anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed-up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore. Rated R JURASSIC PARK 3D Universal Pictures will release Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking masterpiece in a state-of-the-art 3D format. Spielberg introduces the three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster to a new …

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LOCAL FILM PRODUCTION SHOWING ON MOSH'S PLANETARIUM DOME

Kathryn McAvoy had the vision to show how the arts overcome any issue of race. Kathryn, the Executive Director of The Performers Academy explains, “We don’t see color – we see talent! The performers all work side by side without regard to color, race, gender, socio-economic background or any other typical qualifier.” When MOSH approached her to complement the RACE: Are We So Different exhibit with live performances, she thought, “Let’s make a movie! We’ll show it in the Planetarium!” Little did Kathryn know how big a feat that was! The production of “The Arts Unite Us” launched a unique …

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Jurassic Park 3D

by Katie Gile “What d’they got in there? King Kong?” Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm jokingly asks, staring up at the massive parting gate of Jurassic Park. Fans of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar-winning thriller know the answer to Malcolm’s question and it’s a fascinating, epic, frightening one that was long overdue in a victory lap across movie screens. Michael Crichton’s already brilliant screenplay –and the novel he penned on which it was based– is well served by this highly detailed adventure. For those who haven’t seen this Oscar-winning film, Jurassic Park tells the story of an amusement park full of genetically …

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Citrus Cel Animation Festival

by LIZA MITCHELL A three-day event celebrating the magic of animation is drawing some of the biggest names in the field to the First Coast. The Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival, founded by Shane Douberly and Bill Waller of the local animation production company Dripsblack, is held April 4-6 at The Florida Theatre. As festival director, Douberly says they originally developed the concept four years ago as a way to promote the culture of animation and to provide an opportunity for animators, filmmakers and students to network in Northeast Florida. He is excited to welcome a number of well-known industry …

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THE CALL movie review

by Katie Gile A child’s terrified shriek from the other end of a phone line may figure in the worst nightmare of many, but it’s all in a heroic day’s work for Jordan Turner, a sharp and collected Los Angeles 911 dispatcher. As queen bee in the “Hive” of dispatchers, Jordan coolly puts out figurative fires without batting an eye, until she makes a simple mistake that costs a young girl her life. Flash to six months later, Jordan is frazzled. Popping anxiety meds, she works as the recruit trainer, staying clear of the mania herself. It’s when she steps …

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OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN movie review

by Katie Gile There are many things that most Americans take for granted. Food, shelter, water and culture are among them. But down the list, there is something we trust in so entirely, it’s barely an afterthought: national security. The pinnacle of our national security sits proudly in the Capital in the shape of the White House, or as the Secret Service call it, Olympus. But when that one “given,” that is the foundation of so many others is endangered, the real mess begins in Director Antoine Fuqua’s “Olympus Has Fallen.” The story begins as we meet Mike Banning (Gerard …

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Copiii: The First Entry – Part 2

by E. H. DILLMORE Copiii: The First Entry may have otherworldly elements, but the story is firmly rooted in time and place. We had the chance to sit down with L. Gustavo Cooper to find out more about the film, this time focusing on the setting and the development of main characters. One of the most important things for independent film creators to consider is the feasibility of their script. Cooper told us that a writer needs to know their limits. “I try to give myself the most logical locations while writing, thinking ahead of time, so I [don’t] write …

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MARCH MOVIES

March 3 21 AND OVER Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends, Casey and Miller, surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over-indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy. Starring: Miles Teller, Justin Chon and Skylar Astin. Rated R JACK THE GIANT SLAYER An ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly …

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