Friday, May 7, 2021

Zoe Talbot

‘Things Heard and Seen’ tells a confusing, frustrating story

When artist Catherine Claire (Amanda Seyfried) and her family move to the Hudson Valley, she begins to suspect that her marriage and new home are overtaken by a haunting darkness that has to do with the previous owners. As Catherine tries to learn more about the tiny town and its history, her family suffers from haunting memories, mental illness and infidelity. 

‘Shadow and Bone’ is a thrilling fantasy adaptation

In a world overtaken by darkness and war, the people of Ravka look for the light. Based on “The Grisha” Trilogy and the “Six of Crows” Duology, both written by Leigh Bardugo, the series follows an orphan mapmaker named Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) after she discovers she has a power that could save her country from the monstrous Shadow Fold. The Grisha are people with the ability to call earth, fire, wind, flesh. Alina has the rarest gift of light.

‘The Circle’ season two is off to a strong start

Netflix reality TV show “The Circle” is back for another season, and will be releasing episodes weekly until the beginning of May. With eight new contestants, drama is already through the roof, and the tension is high as they try to navigate who they can trust to win $100,000.

‘Thunder Force’ isn’t sure what it wants to be

While at first I was charmed by some of the ridiculous humor... I had to wonder what this film was trying to be. I felt as if, for an action-comedy, it wasn’t committed a great deal to either, and Spencer is somewhat outshined in these scenes that did not play to her strengths.

‘A Week Away’ is a fun movie musical for young audiences

"A Week Away" is exactly what I expected it to be, playing out like a Disney-esque movie musical with the addition of organized religion and a less stimulating soundtrack. It definitely reads like any other YA musical, but this familiarity is almost comforting to those who were raised in the 2000’s with similar projects coming out regularly. 

‘Deadly Illusions’ drags, fails to live up to its potential

his movie was so many things, and I’m not particularly convinced it did any of them well. It was full of tropes, predictability and was bogged down by its own writing and artistic decisions.

‘Yes Day’ is a sweet, silly reminder of the importance of family

Nothing helps someone master the “no” like becoming a parent, and having three kids makes Allison and Carlos Torres less than enthusiastic about new things. Together, the family must learn to have fun again by having a “Yes Day,” in which the parents say yes to almost everything their kids ask for twenty-four hours. 

‘Moxie’ kicks off Women’s History Month with a bang

Especially in high school, there are an abundance of rules and regulations, such as dress codes that remain targeted at women. Administrators and students too often accept that “boys will be boys” and that the status quo must be maintained, resulting in dangerous values and priorities. 

‘Ginny and Georgia’ is not another ‘Gilmore Girls’

The town of Wellsbury, Massachusetts is small, homey and seemingly full of people that never stop smiling. When Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey) moves in, people aren’t sure what to expect. Georgia has two kids from two different men, and has just moved in from Texas after her husband died unexpectedly. She had her daughter, Virginia “Ginny” Miller (Antonia Gentry) when she was only fifteen years old, and her son Austin (Diesel La Torraca) is socially awkward with violent tendencies. This Georgia peach is not what she seems, and people are determined to find out her secrets.

What We’re Watching on Netflix: ‘I Care a Lot’

A con artist and legal guardian, Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike) claims to be thoughtful and caring as she takes on hundreds of elderly wards. In reality, she is selling their belongings for a profit while they sit in care facilities. Ruthless and cunning, Grayson is sure she has found the perfect target, but the mark ends up being more trouble than she appears. 

‘To All The Boys: Always and Forever’ is a love letter to the trilogy

In the third and final installment of the “To All The Boys” series, Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) prepare for the college experience and what the future holds. As senior year progresses and the two reflect on their passions, careers and relationship, Lara Jean must decide whether or not her college plans include her beau at all. 

‘Malcolm & Marie’: how art meets life

“Malcolm & Marie” follows a couple’s intimate relationship as truths arise, insecurities become clear, and art’s relationship with life is debated. 

‘Penguin Bloom:’ the power of healing together

If we have learned anything from the events of the past year, it’s that we are never truly sure of what tomorrow will bring. Based on the Australian novel by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive, “Penguin Bloom” follows the Bloom family and the aftermath of the unexpected.

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