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Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 13:09
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
Written, produced, and directed by well-known director Tyler Perry, “Temptation” is a film of romance and suspense.
The film is about an ambitious marriage counselor, Judith, and an accountant who seem to have it all until a handsome and wealthy man steps foot in Judith’s path and portrays that the "grass is greener on the other side." Instead of facing the issues in her own troubled marriage, Judith finds herself becoming disloyal to her husband and giving in to the other man’s sweet words and gestures, leaving her with nothing but lessons learned, which change her life.
“It had a message that was inspiring … they’re real life issues we face in relationships. It was realistic; made me reevaluate some things,” University of Nebraska at Omaha student Antwaun Rollerson said when explaining why this was his favorite film of the year.
Prequel to Pixar’s 3D computer-animated film “Monsters, Inc.” (2001), directed by Dan Scanlon, “Monsters University” goes back to when the inseparable Mike Wazowski and Sulley first met.
Although the pair was inseparable in “Monsters, Inc.” it wasn’t always that way. Mike’s dream was to attend Monsters University. However, for Sulley it was a family tradition to become the “best scarer.” With Sulley’s arrogance and doubt of Mike becoming a successful scarer, the two clash and face obstacles that later bring them together as a team.
Set to be based on a true story, the film, directed by James Wan, brings suspense and horror to the audience – so terrifying that some theaters issued a written warning to the viewers.
After a family moves into a secluded farmhouse, professional paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, are called to help with a dark presence filling the family's home. The investigators later find themselves in their most terrifying case yet.
It might sound like a typical horror film, but the audience declares different. The film brings edge-of-the-seat action and well-crafted horrifying scenes that many claim they’ve never seen in films before.
“I’ve never really been bothered by horror films, but the suspense factor in this film was one that I never experienced," UNO student Michael Garrett said. "A scary, creepy, very meticulous movie that would make you think it [the dark presence] could be following you by show's end."
Director Seth Gordon brings fall-out-of-your-seat laughs with his 2013 comedy film “Identity Theft.” Written by Craig Mazin, the film stars Melissa McCarthy – a well-recognized actress know for her sarcastic humor and sassy remarks. She was also memorable in the 2011 film “Bridesmaids.”
From luxurious spa makeovers to expensive massage chairs, Diana’s (played by McCarthy) funds are infinite. After many years of stealing people’s identities, Diana finally meets her match. Once character Sandy Bigelow Patterson discovers his identity has been stolen it affects his life and career, and he sets out on a mission to find this thief. With a one-week deadline, he tries to bribe and bargain with Diana to get her to come back to Colorado to clear his name. Traveling across the country to find this less-than-intimidating woman, he realizes he is in for more than he bargained for.
Ryan Coogler, director and writer of “Fruitvale Station,” follows the story of a young man by the name of Oscar Grant who was fatally shot by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police early New Year’s Day. The film is based on true events that occurred in Oakland, California. The motion picture was presented at the the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it achieved the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic picture.
After spending some time in jail, 22-year-old Oscar comes to the realization he needs to turn his life around. Early New Year's Eve of 2008, Oscar attempts to get a head start on his New Year’s resolutions. Hoping to become a better son, partner and father he comes to terms that it’s not going to be an easy obstacle to overcome. Later that night a twisted turn of events results in the awful death of Oscar, which bring anger and tears to the Bay Area and people across the country.
“I really liked Fruitvale Station, it’s a difficult story to watch, especially because it’s true, but it really shed light on the black experience,” UNO student Shomari Huggins said.
Director of comedy film “Bridesmaids,” Paul Feig, brings another movie that will have you falling out of your seat with laughter.
An over the top sailor-mouthed Boston cop gets teamed up with an apprehensive FBI special agent on a case to find a drug lord. When FBI Agent Sarah begins to interfere with Boston cop Shannon’s work, they immediately clash. The two personalities struggle with completing their mission, as they both prefer to continue to do what they have always done. At the end of it all they gain more than they had hoped for; the two surprisingly become friends.