Tickets to the Summer Cinema
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 16:08
Movie magic provided this summer with box-office films, critically acclaimed performances and the occasional big-budget flop. Grab a bucket of popcorn and take an insider's peek at reviews from this season's warm-weather film debuts. No ticket necessary.
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
Written, produced, and directed by well-known director Tyler Perry, “Temptation” is a film full 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, that 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 says 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 always 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 out to be based on a true story, directed by James Wan, the film 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 their home. The investigators later find themselves in their most terrifying case yet.
It might sounds 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 any film before.
“I’ve never really been bothered by horror films, but the suspense factor in this film was one that I never experienced. A scary, creepy, very meticulous movie that would make you think it could be following you by show's end,” UNO student Michael Garrett says.
Director Seth Gordon brings falling-out-of-your-seat laughs with his 2013 comedy film “Identity Thief.” Written by Craig Mazin, the film stars Melissa McCarthy, a well-recognized actress 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 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 Grant realizes he needs to turn things around in his life. Early New Years 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 Grant. Bringing anger and tears to 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 says, after narrowing down his favorite film of the year.
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 to work 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.