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Dracula Untold: Fallen man, the tragic hero

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It is perpetually wonderful to me how much truth can find its way into secularists’ stories. Dracula Untold, Universal’s newest origins story, is a prime example. This story creates—out of the historical Vlad III Dracula the Impaler, Prince of Walachia, and Stoker’s detestable Count—a noble character who resonates with the audience through his very human virtues and vices. In Dracula Untold, Vlad Dracula is a faithful and loving father and husband, a selfless leader and protector, a fallen tragic hero. The film begins ... (Continue reading)

Captain America

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Wow. Just...wow. Captain America: The Winter Soldier had it all: action, suspense, mystery, romance, camaraderie, spies, secrets, and—most importantly—awesome superheroes. The action scenes were spectacular, but even the quieter thought-provoking scenes kept you on your toes. The film made $95,023,721 on opening weekend and has made $225,059,241 as of 25 April 25 in the U.S. alone. Not the best the box office has ever seen, but still mighty impressive. The story follows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a.k.a. Captain America, after the large-scale alien attack in ... (Continue reading)

12 Years a Slave

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12 Years a Slave is a powerful film based on the memoir by Solomon Northup published in 1853. The film has won 134 awards since its release, including Academy Awards for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Lupita Nyong’o), and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). The film was the first Best Picture with a black director, although Steve McQueen did not win Best Director. 12 Years a Slave is raw and direct and, once you start ... (Continue reading)

RoboCops

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The 1987 movie RoboCop has become a household classic over the last 27 years and even if you have not seen it, chances are you have heard of it or know the premise. The name speaks for itself: the movie is about a cop who is a robot. On 12 February 2014, RoboCop hit theatres again with an all-new cast, updated graphics, and a slightly different plot. The question that remains is: Which RoboCop is better—the original or the remake? Let's recap (keep in mind both stories ... (Continue reading)

JERUSALEM

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On 25 February, the Ontario Science Centre held a media premiere for the National Geographic IMAX film Jerusalem. Writer, producer, and director Daniel Ferguson attended the event along with surprise guests Farah Ammouri, Nadia Tadros, and Revital Zacharie, the three stars of the film. The day consisted of a special viewing for media and students from nearby schools, and a Q&A session followed by a press conference and select ... (Continue reading)

The Lego Movie

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The time has come: LEGO has released its first full-length theatrical film, The Lego Movie, and it is doing fantastically across the board. It has been the top-grossing movie in North America for the past three weeks, has an 82 metascore, an average rating of 8.4 on IMDb.com—and I personally have yet to hear a negative review since its release. It is a movie that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and I highly recommend it if you’re looking ... (Continue reading)

Is Superman still a Christian hero?

What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society intended? What if a child aspired to something greater? (Jor-El, Man of Steel) In June 1938, Superman first appeared in comic books and since then has become a legend that needs no introduction. When I first heard that Zack Snyder was directing the newest Superman movie, I was apprehensive. Zack Snyder is the director of 300, Watchman, and Sucker Punch—I thought his Superman would be (to put it mildly) different from all the ... (Continue reading)

Argo: Hollywood gets the hostage treatment

R for some language and violent images Warner Bros. Pictures Directed by Ben Affleck Cast: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Victor Garber, John Goodman Screenplay: Chris Terrio Ben Affleck’s Argo—his third directorial outing—is a timely tale with all the edge and suspense one would expect of a political thriller, but with the added bonus of having been inspired by real events. It is by no means a documentary, however. It’s a story filled with taught suspense derived not so much from car chases, but from ... (Continue reading)

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