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September 2014: Five Must-See Movies

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I missed August. Completely. My apologies. There were a ton of good movies that came out last month… and then pride happened… and then ya. Whoops. Moving right along though… Summer is over in just over two weeks and school just started which means it’s September and a whole set of new movies are coming out this month.

There’s actually a ton of movies that look good this month that could have just as easily been on this list but here are the films I’ll be trying to see this month. Some thriller, some comedy, some romance… It’s a nice mix this month.

Check out my picks for must-see movies this month below…

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Rising Artist Spotlight: Jess Cullen

In: Matt, Music
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Vancouver indie star Jess Cullen and her band are set to release their next single this Friday night at Joe’s Apartment. In case you haven’t heard of her, Jess Cullen is one of Vancouver’s most promising rising stars. In 2012 she won local talent competition Davie’s Got Talent and has continued building on that success ever since.

After releasing her first full length album on iTunes last year, as well as a music video (see below), Jess and her band continued winning more local competitions. Most recently they won the chance to play alongside bands like Foster the People at the Squamish Music Festival. Hot off of their performance at Squamish Music Festival, Jess and her band are set to release their next single “At First Light”.

watch video after the jump

July 2014: Five Must-See Movies

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HELLO JULY! It’s officially summer here in Vancouver which means I’m not pale anymore YAY!!! Even though I love spending all of my time on the beach during these few gorgeous months, it’s always nice to cool off in an air conditioned theatre here and there.

For this month’s picks I’ve tried to stay away from the big summer blockbusters (Tammy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Hercules and The Purge: Anarchy). Some of them crept in but most of my picks this month are limited release only. That means you might have to dig a little to find a theatre near you that’s actually playing them but I think these ones will be worth the effort.

Check out my picks for must-see movies below!

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Movie Review: The Fault In Our Stars

In: Matt, Movies
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SPOILER ALERT: There will be tears. If you’re looking for a good cry, or a powerfully beautiful teen romance without the typical Hollywood clichés then I highly recommend you see this movie.

The Fault in our Stars is directed by Josh Boone and is based on the novel by John Green. It tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) who is terminally ill with thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. A smart, witty and resilient girl, Hazel is taking her life one step at a time, just trying to make it to the next day. Not looking to far into the future, Hazel is blindsided when she meets Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) who sweeps her off her feet in a way she describes as akin to falling asleep. “First slowly and then all at once.” Gus is also a cancer patient, having lost one of his legs to osteosarcoma. He is painfully sweet, handsome and irresistibly charming so much so that some may find his relentless optimism and unwavering positivity, coupled with his selflessness and utter devotion to Hazel a bit too far fetched and even slightly annoying. If the film has one fault (pun intended), it’s that Augustus’s character is a bit unrealistic as seen by the trip he takes Hazel and her mother on so that she may meet her favorite author.

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June 2014: Five Must-See Movies

In: Matt, Movies, Random Reads
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Has everyone seen Maleficent yet? What a let down. Fortunately there are a ton of great films to check out this month that will make up for that 2 hour nap I took. No beef with Angelina, she was flawless but the rest of the movie was. Just. So. Boring.

We’ve got a mixed bag again this month with an animated film, a musical, a drama, an action and a thriller. I’m seriously excited about each and every one of these movies so it looks like I;’ll be hitting up the theatre often this month.

Check out my picks for must-see movies below!

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Movie Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

In: Matt, Movies
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The latest installment in the X-Men franchise hits theatres today. While I can’t claim to be an expert on the X-Men franchise, I’ve seen all the films in the series and can comfortably say that this might be my personal favorite. In its best moments it’s crazy fun, exciting with strong moments of emotion supported by a wildly talented cast.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens in a dark future. The war has devastated the world of both humans and mutants alike. The Sentinels, who seek out to destroy the last remaining mutants, patrol the world. In a last ditch effort to save themselves, and the world, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time (or rather, his consciousness is sent back) to persuade Magneto (Patrick Stewart/Michael Fassbender) and Xavier (Gandalf/James McAvoy) to join him in preventing Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from murdering scientist Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). Her assassination of Trask is what initially garners support for the Sentinel program, which also uses her DNA to allow the Sentinels to adapt and mimic any mutant power.

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Movie Review: Godzilla

In: Matt, Movies
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The latest Godzilla remake hits theaters today and while this revamped version of the radioactive giant lizard is visually impressive, the film itself was less than satisfying.

This version of the film begins in 1999 as a scientist (Bryan Cranston) watches as seismic tremors destroy a nuclear facility, killing his wife in the process. Some fifteen years later, he is convinced the cause of the tremors is part of some big cover up. His son, played by the delicious Aaron Taylor-Johnson, has heard his father’s conspiracy ramblings for years and pays no mind to them until, of course, a giant egg is found under the nuclear facility.

This egg, and one more found later, turn out to be giant alien like creatures that wreak havoc across multiple continents, destroying much of Las Vegas and San Francisco. Fortunately/unfortunately it turns out that everyone’s favorite towering lizard may be the only thing that can stop these MUTOs (Mutant Unknown Terrestrial Organisms). It takes about an hour before we even get to see Godzilla but the wait is definitely worth it, with audiences even applauding his arrival. The rest of the film is really just a bunch of destruction while the actors on screen try to play out their filler stories, which weren’t overly intriguing.

Movie rating & trailer after the jump…

April 2014: Five Must-See Movies

In: Matt, Movies
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So I’m still recovering from the AMAZING-ness of the Veronica Mars Movie. I hope all the Marshmallows who read the site got the chance to see it. If you didn’t go rent/buy it on iTunes it was such a great tribute to a fantastic show.

Anyways, another month mean more movies and April is a mixed bag. Horror, thriller, action, drama and a rom-com take your pick!

Check out my picks for must-see movies this month…

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