Lightning lacking in unoriginal ‘Jackson’

In the wake of the wildly successful film adaptations of the young adult series “Harry Potter,” the big wigs in Hollywood have been dying to produce the next big hit series. Now, Fox is hoping to cash in with the debut of their new film, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.”

Top 10 cinematic sensations seen on the big screen this year

Charged with the task of sifting through the plotless horror tales and cringing chick flicks, we have unearthed the top 10 best movies of 2009 from beneath the piles of … bad stuff. Imagery and originality battled it out, narrowing it down to these few gems.

‘New Moon’ premiere stirs frenzy

By 10:30 on Thursday night, the main lobby of Cinemark in Hadley was packed with fans of the “Twilight” series, all eager to see the premiere of “New Moon.”

Goats Beware: Clooney new tricks up his sleeve that may cause your heart to stop

George Clooney brings audiences back in time with his new film, “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” Humor is aplenty in this wonderfully crafted film by Grant Heslov, based on the nonfiction book by Jon Ronson which follows journalist Bob Wilton as he goes to Iraq in order to find his next big story.

Impress your Halloween party guests with these treats

Just because college students are forced to deal with cramped kitchens and limited supplies does not mean that they cannot create tasty treats specifically for their Halloween events.

Bright Star: a visual masterpiece that captures eternal love and fleeting life

Named after one of his well-known poems, the film “Bright Star” is based on the true story of John Keats, an English poet in the Romantic movement, as seen through the eyes of his love, Miss Fanny Brawne.

“It’s safe to wake up now” – A Review of Pandorum

3/5 Stars Prior experience watching movies of the hammy horror genre may make viewers a little nervous about going to see “Pandorum.” All the trailers and teasers showing men screaming as they are dragged away by weird looking monsters in dark hallways may lead audiences to expect the film to fit right in with the rest of the cliché, plotless flicks currently being released. True to form, the ticket taker cautions, “I would usually say enjoy, but….” he trails off, smiling with an almost pitying look. The empty theater compounds the feeling of intense caution mixed faintly with dread. Then…

Soderbergh’s latest blows whistle on mental illness

Based on a true story, director Steven Soderbergh’s newest film, “The Informant!” delves into the world of complusive liar Mark Whitacre and the life of lies and conspiracy he built to maintain it.

“Ponyo” considers conflict between man and nature

Within the first ten minutes of watching Hayao Miyazaki’s newest film, ”Ponyo,” audiences can already predict what the story will be about. Fish meets boy, fish turns into girl and reunites with boy. Together, they explore the world of humans and fall in love with each other. What they might not be aware of is the underlying conflict that is presented throughout the story in a rather unconventional way.