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Rant and Rave: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’

Rating: 4.0 Whoever said that the writer was dead? Stephen Chbosky proves that statement wrong in the film that he not only wrote, but also directed and executively produced The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a novel which he himself penned down. Perks is the story of a troubled young man named Charlie and his…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Captive’ by Brilliante Mendoza

Rating: 2.0/4.0 In the wake of Cinemalaya, Filipino audiences were exposed to a different film genre known for its poignant portrayal of Filipino issues and subject matter that delivers a fresh and bold voice that captures the obscure. The LaSallian had the opportunity to watch an exclusive premiere for one of the biggest indie films…

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Rant and Rave: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Grade: 4.0   Ambitious, visually stunning, and structurally perfect – The Dark Knight Rises is another Nolan classic that has viewers do something Hollywood movies usually never do: think.   The Dark Knight Rises is the final movie in the Batman trilogy, with Bruce Wayne’s concluding battle as Gotham’s caped crusader. With seasoned actors such…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Rock of Ages’

Rating: 3.0/4.0 Three years ago, a Broadway musical hit New York; Rock of Ages captured the best and the worst of 1980’s Hollywood. Written by Chris D’Arienzo, the musical made its way to the silver screen with the help of musical director, Adam Shankman, the same person behind Hairspray. Shankman, however takes a different approach,…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Prometheus’

Rating: 3.0/4.0 Many may say that the genre of alien movies has hit a saturation point, with plotlines becoming repetitive, and the only way to impress audiences is by constantly amping up the CGI. However, director and producer Ridley Scott (famous for films such as Gladiator, Robin Hood, Blade Runner, and yes, Alien) heads back…

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Rant and Rave: ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), a man in pursuit of uncovering the mystery revolving around a girl rumored to have been murdered forty years prior.  With the aid of professional computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), Blomkvist discovers much…

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Rant and Rave: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Once more, hardcore Twilight fanatics have something to rejoice over. The first part of Breaking Dawn, which is the fourth and last book in the novel series by Stephenie Meyer, opened with a bang, earning an estimated $139.50 million in its opening weekend. Fans of the Edward slash Bella slash Jacob tandem will leave theatres…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Despicable Me’

At first glance, Despicable Me seems like the typical bad-guy-becomes-good story. Gru, a secret villain adopts three kids Margo, Edith and Agnes as a ploy to steal the moon. Eventually though, his fatherly feelings develop for the three orphans. Now this leaves Gru in a perilous choice between his newfound love and his planned crime…