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No asses went to Mars in ‘Total Recall’ remake

Many of the scenes were near carbon copies of the original. Any new scenes lacked ‘the balls’ to push the film further.

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The Dark Knight Rises entertains despite continuity, pacing issues

“The Dark Knight Rises” is exactly what you would have expected from the latest Christopher Nolan Batman film. It comes through the pacing problems, a few flat performances, a sprinkling of some choppy dialogue and some continuity errors smelling like roses. Normally, when a film has these kinds of problems it sinks, but this one did not.

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‘Prometheus’ review: In space, nobody can hear you scream for your money back

“Prometheus” is a studio-produced betrayal of the original subject matter. Ridley Scott straight up pulled a “Star Wars: Episode One” on the “Alien” franchise.

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Surprisingly, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ is actually worth a watch

If you want to see this movie, then do it. If you are like me and couldn’t be dragged to this for love or money, maybe reconsider. I promise that it was actually enjoyable.

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Scene desk picks: Our favorite movies

For the past two terms, the Scene desk has recommended some of our favorite movies: our favorite sci-fi flicks, musicals, foreign films, stand-up comedy specials, documentaries and more. For our last set of recommendations, we’re recommending our favorite movies of all time.

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‘MiB3’ comes out of nowhere and entertains … a little

“Men in Black 3” was better than I expected. But going into a film with remarkably low expectations can do that.

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Scene Desk movie picks: ‘SNL’ cast members and alums

“Saturday Night Live” can be hit-or-miss on the funny factor, but despite this, some comedy greats have emerged from the weekly sketch show. Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader … the list goes on. … Here are our favorite movies featuring “SNL” alums or current cast members.

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University Film Organization hopes to inspire students at film festival and gala

If you or anybody that you know has made a a film while attending the University, there have been only one or two opportunities to enter your film into a film festival that wasn’t otherwise connected to a certain program. That is, until now.

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‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ brings truth to the big screen

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is a great way to take a break from studying and enjoy some hilarious and sentimental comedy.

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Scene desk picks: Strong female leads

It seems like too often actresses are given crummy roles: the nagging wife, the girlfriend whose life apparently revolves around her boyfriend, the bitchy coworker. But this week, we’re recommending movies featuring strong female leads, because movies with good female roles do exist, they’re just harder to find. All three movies pass the Bechdel test, which means that they have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

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Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’ fails to rise out of its coffin

I expect things from Burton. Unfortunately, he does not deliver. At least the vampires didn’t sparkle.

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Scene desk picks: Dystopias (or ‘Going to hell in a handbasket’)

Sunny days are nice, but with the Mayans end-of-the-world prediction, who is to say what the world will be like when — or if — that comes?

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Scene desk picks: Mind-blowing psychological thrillers

We all like to think we understand ourselves pretty well. We know who we are. But what if all wasn’t as it seemed? This week we’re suggesting our favorite psychological thrillers, ones that just might make you question everything you know to be true.

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‘The Avengers’ worthy of record-breaking opening weekend

“The Avengers” is a mega movie. It shattered the opening-weekend record, pulling in $207.4 million (and beat previous record-holder “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which had set the bar with $169.2 million).

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‘The Five-Year Engagement’ is a hilarious, gripping look into long-term relationships

If you want to watch an awesome comedy, see this movie. If you want to take a girl out to see a movie, see this movie. Just plain see this movie.

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Scene desk movie picks: So bad, they’re good

Everybody loves good movies, but what about those on the other end of the spectrum?

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Scene desk picks: Book adaptations

There are a lot of complaints about how Hollywood has run out of original ideas, turning instead to books for “inspiration.” Too often they bastardize our favorite books by cutting key scenes or ruining chemistry between two characters. Sometimes the source material isn’t even original enough to merit a movie …

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Film star and University alumnus Daniel Wu talks about Asian film, his work

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/44018037″ iframe=”true” /] The Emerald had the opportunity to interview Chinese film star Daniel Wu, a prolific actor in gangster and Kung Fu movies with Yuen Woo-Ping (choreographer for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and Jackie Chan. Wu was part of the Cinema Pacific Film Festival from April 18 to …

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Ducks After Dark to provide late-night activities on campus

The first late-night series of free events are Thursday double-feature movie nights in Columbia 150 for the next four weeks.

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Scene desk picks: Musicals to hang your hat on

Four classics to lighten up your mood as the rain transitions to sunshine this spring.

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‘Titanic’ in 3-D worth the extra cash

So why should you cough up the extra cash to go see Kate and Leo get it on (and, you know, 1,500 people die) in 3D? You could just watch it at home. But seeing the movie on the big screen is an experience.

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'Titanic' in 3-D worth the extra cash

So why should you cough up the extra cash to go see Kate and Leo get it on (and, you know, 1,500 people die) in 3D? You could just watch it at home. But seeing the movie on the big screen is an experience.

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Scene desk picks: science fiction

You can deny it all you want — say science fiction is lame or for nerds, or whatever. But we know the truth: Sci-fi is freakin’ awesome.

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Scene Desk movie picks: college movies

The Scene Desk’s top Netflix picks for college movies.

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'21 Jump Street' gives other dynamic duos a run for their money

“21 Jump Street” is similar to “The Hangover” in that it’s full of phrases that people will incessantly quote for the next couple of months. While it may or may not be the next “Dumb and Dumber,” Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum give other comedic duos a run for their …

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For a pulp novel adaptation, 'John Carter' is unexpectedly entertaining

“John Carter” was adapted from the novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs (also author of the “Tarzan” novel series) published in 1917. It would kick off a series that would go all the way to the ’60s, and I think that’s what Disney was hoping for here.

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Scene Desk Netflix picks: Blasts from the past

Dead Week has most of us feeling, well, dead. Unwind with these blast-from-the-past movies and TV shows to remind you of a simpler time, when homework consisted of multiplication tables and the last week of class was just a five-day-long party.

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Feature-length thriller in production by local indie film crew

“The Silence” is a thriller centered around the murder of a twin brother and a dark mystery revolving around a small coastal town. It will be released around September of 2012 in local independent theaters.

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'Project X' is like 'The Hangover' for teens, but without bite

Instead of making Thomas look “cool,” the epic party made him look like your typical high school douchebag with no feelings.

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