Movie Review: Assassin’s Creed

Director: Justin Kurzel Rating: PG-13 Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons Screenplay: Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper, & Bill Collage Based On the Video Game by: Patrick Desilets, Corey May, & Jade Raymond Music By: Jed Kurzel Cinematography: Adam Arkapaw Running Time: 115 Minutes Premiered: December 14, 2016 (USA) DVD Release (USA): March 21, 2017 [...]

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Movie Review: Passengers (2016)

Director: Morten Tyldum Rating: PG-13 Starring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen Screenplay: Jon Spaihts Music By: Thomas Newman Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto Running Time: 116 Minutes Premiered: December 21, 2016 (USA) Synopsis: The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has [...]

Movie Review: Doctor Strange

Director: Scott Derrickson Rating: PG-13 Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams Screenplay: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, & C. Robert Cargill        Based on Characters by: Steve Ditko Music By: Michael Giacchino Cinematography: Ben Davis Running Time: 115 Minutes Premiered: November 4, 2016 (USA) Synopsis: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey [...]

Robin McKinley-The Door in the Hedge

Themes Explored: fairy tale retellings, fiction, faerie tales, short stories, magic, elves,  dual realities, spells, curses,  fantasy, changelings, romance, princesses, falling in love, mysticism, legends, mythology, lore, ancient customs Synopsis: Master storyteller Robin McKinley here spins two new fairy tales and retells two cherished classics. All feature princesses touched with or by magic. There is [...]

Caragh M. O’Brien-The Rule of Mirrors

Themes Explored: identity, existence, life, ethics, morality, split-personality, pregnancy, familial relationships, romantic entanglements, mystery, intrigue,  dreams, boarding school, reality television, reality Synopsis: At the remote, exclusive Chimera Centre, families of coma patients come from all over the world seeking miracles. When Althea Flores wakes up from a six-month coma, her recovery defies the limits of [...]

Claudia Gray-A Thousand Pieces of You

Themes Explored:  inter-dimensional travel, physics, family, love, relationships, longing, father-daughter bond,  adventure, science fiction, alternate realities, reality, technology, jealously, death, science, genius, attraction, intelligence, drug abuse, fate, destiny, corporate espionage, intrigue, consciousness Synopsis: Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into [...]

Movie Review-Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Director: JJ Abrams Rating: PG-13 Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan, JJ Abrams, & Michael Arndt Based on Characters By: George Lucas Music By: John Williams Cinematography: Daniel Mindel Running Time: 135 Minutes Premiered: December 18, 2015 (US Release) Synopsis: Three decades after the defeat of the [...]

Rachel Caine-Ink and Bone

Themes Explored: books, history, library, totalitarian government, libraries, romance, fantasy, dystopia, magic, smuggling, book thievery, black markets, bibliophiles, though control, mind control, student-teacher dynamics, angst, civil war, starvation, terrorism, death, alternate history Synopsis: Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the [...]

Top 5 Weirdest Books I Have Read

Symphony of Ages-Elizabeth Haydon I read the first two books in this series and have no idea what I read. While the concept is interesting, the execution is confusing and rather boring. Symphony of Ages is a romantic epic fantasy that spans 1,400 years. The main heroine, Rhapsody, is a Singer of remarkable talent. This [...]

Movie Review: Jurassic World

Director: Colin Trevorrow Rating: PG-13 Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D'Onofrio Screenplay: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, & Derek Connolly Inspired By: Michael Crichton Music By: Michael Giacchino Cinematography: John Schwartzman Running Time: 124 Minutes Premiered: June 12, 2015 (USA) Synopsis: A new theme park is built on [...]