Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Year of Woody ends well with army flick

By Shayna Murphy

December 11, 2009

Filed under Movies

According to the Chinese zodiac calendar – something you may have glimpsed at once or twice while waiting for an order of beef fried rice to come out of the kitchen at a local Chinese restaurant - each year is governed by an...

No holiday cheer, but “Everybody’s Fine” here

By Kate MacDonald

December 10, 2009

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Kirk Jones and company definitely did something right when they made this season’s newest family film, “Everybody’s Fine.” The director, known for “Nanny McPhee,” adapted his new film from 1990’s Italian flick “Stanno...

Top 10 cinematic sensations seen on the big screen this year

By Nora Drapalski

December 9, 2009

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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...

Big screen blunders: disappointing films of 2009

By Shayna Murphy

December 9, 2009

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(Editor's Note: This is an updated version of an earlier story published on December 9, 2009.) No best-of-the-year film list would be complete without a glimpse at the films that made audience-goers cringe in 2009. From har...

Ronan furrows deep into ‘Lovely Bones’

By Samantha Marsh

December 8, 2009

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On Dec. 11, 2009, Paramount Pictures will release a limited viewing of the much-anticipated film adaptation of Alice Sebold’s 2002 novel, “The Lovely Bones.” The film, directed by Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy)...

A towering spectacle: “2012” stuns just like we expected, but disasters like these are a dime a dozen

By Kate MacDonald

November 30, 2009

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There is a very real Mayan prophecy that says the world as we know it will end on December 21, 2012 in a melee of death, destruction and catastrophe. While no one knows what the future holds in store on that dread date, king of destruction Roland Emmerich shows viewers a gli...

Ninja Action Hits the Big Screen

By Andrew Sheridan

November 29, 2009

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For over a millennium, the nine clans of the ninja have existed in secrecy. Living in the shadows, these powerful families have disciplined their stealthy warriors in the deadly arts and preyed on the weak as the world’s most...

Tween drama sucks the hemoglobin out of audiences’ wallets

By Lindsay Pierce

November 23, 2009

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For better or worse, Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” saga is an unavoidable phenomenon.  The film adaptation of “New Moon,” the second installment in the series, opened Friday, Nov. 20 to massive crowds. With $140.7 million earn...

‘New Moon’ premiere stirs frenzy

By Nora Drapalski

November 23, 2009

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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.” Two Twilight fans dying to see the new movie, Brittany and...

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

By Nora Drapalski

November 19, 2009

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George Clooney brings audiences back in time with his new film, “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” Based on the nonfiction book by Jon Ronson, “The Men Who Stare at Goats” follows journalist Bob Wilton as he goes to Iraq in...

“Pirate Radio” rocks the boat

By Matthew M. Robare

November 18, 2009

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Rock on, no matter what. That’s the message of “Pirate Radio,” a nice little imported comedy that flopped in the UK under the name “The Boat that Rocked.” It was written and directed by Richard Curtis. The film “stars”...

Lars Von Trier Fills Audiences With Disgust and Awe With “Antichrist”

By Mark Schiffer

November 17, 2009

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What may be one of the more important pieces of information to know about “Antichrist” is that if you are going to the movies to watch John Cusack save the world and his family in slow motion, you probably have wandered into...