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Unlike original book, ‘Borrowed’ falls flat

by Morgan Denno

May 5, 2011

Sometimes, audiences really want to like a movie. They hear about it months in advance, they liked the book and they love the cast, but the movie just falls flat. Based on The New York Times best-selling novel by Emily Giffen,...

Best-selling novel is a silver screen smash

by Morgan Denno

May 2, 2011

Set in the Depression era, “Water for Elephants” explores a story of love and adventure aboard the circus train of the Benzini Brothers. From what could have become an over-hyped mess, the movie retains the simple glamour that audiences imagine a...

‘Potiche’ showcases a business-savvy housewife

by Jack Crane

May 1, 2011

Running through the Parisian woods, Suzanne Pujol (Catherine Deneuve) resembles what Little Red Riding Hood would look like in 50 years. Juxtaposing her luscious green environment, she is wrapped head to sneaker in red cotton. Talking to the birds, deer and s...

Percussive prowess on display in ‘STOMP’

by Allie Daugherty

April 27, 2011

Audiences had a smashing good time last week for the limited performances of “STOMP,” the percussive theater performance. The show started with a lone, mohawked man in industrial worker’s clothes pushing a broom. Bu...

Rampant product placement ruining cinema

by Andrew Younger

April 20, 2011

Director Morgan Spurlock’s latest offering, “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” represents the culmination of his work-to-date by combining two of his favorite hobbies: uncovering what people are willing to endure for m...

Morgan Spurlock speaks about selling out

by Andrew Younger

April 20, 2011

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, best known for his fast-food culture exposé “Super Size Me,” focused his camera on product placement in his new documentary “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.” The Daily Aztec sat down with him to discuss how littl...

‘The Conspirator’ can’t conceal its many flaws

by Morgan Denno

April 14, 2011

It seems as if Hollywood has been going to extraordinary lengths to find truly interesting movie ideas. Today’s movie industry seems to be making carbon copies of the same movies with only a few minor tweaks or it will put ou...

Medieval stoner flick is raunchy fun

by Carmen Splane

April 14, 2011

“Your Highness” is an addition to the long list of films about the lives of lovable losers who choose to medicate themselves with a certain “plant.” The film is centered on a deep sibling rivalry between Thadeous (Danny McBride) and Fabious (James Franco). Franco plays the valiant first-born who is positioned to take the throne after his fa...

‘Scream 4’ cast talks about upcoming reboot

by Andrew Scoggins

April 13, 2011

HAYDEN PANNETIERE The Daily Aztec: How long did it take you to perfect the perfect “scream” for this movie? Hayden Pannettiere: I think it’s a cumulative thing. When I was very young I learned how to scream at t...

Strong female lead dazzles in ‘Hanna’

by Morgan Denno

April 12, 2011

Director Joe Wright doesn’t like to be categorized by genre, which is obvious in his newest film “Hanna.” Part thriller, part action, part fairy tale … categorizing this movie is almost impossible. Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) li...

‘Sucker Punch’ visuals conceal weak storyline

by Andrew Scoggins

April 3, 2011

“Sucker Punch” is a beautiful mess of a movie. Director Zack Snyder has worked on such comic book adaptations as “Watchmen” and “300,” so when previews began popping up showing scantily clad women slaying drag...

Psychological thriller is mostly just a CG mess

by Andrew Younger

April 3, 2011

When screenwriter Ben Ripley cobbled together “Source Code,” he contributed to the techno-thriller genre in one meaningful way: gratuitous computer generated explosions. These explosions are the result of a terrorist attack o...