Rachel Kolb

Staff Writer

I love movies, writing, and breaking into song in public. You can follow me on Twitter @rachelekolb or check out more of my work at http://rachelekolb.wordpress.com.

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Grown Ups Review

Grown Ups is a movie full of funny, likable people. And Rob Schneider is in it too! I kid, I kid, but Grown Ups is the kind of movie that gets by on the charisma of its actors. This isn’t necessarily a bad quality, and a lot of people are going to have a fun time at Grown Ups. For me, however, I had a few good laughs and no strong desire to see this movie ever again.

Jun
24
2010
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Shutter Island Review

There is a pivotal moment in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Vertigo involving a spiral staircase. In Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese mirrors this scene with Leonardo DiCaprio running up a very similar spiral staircase to uncover a secret that is completely unbelievable to both him and the audience. Whether Scorsese meant to reference Vertigo is up for debate, but it cannot be denied that Shutter Island and Vertigo have much in common including an ending that divided audiences.

Warning: The following review contains spoilers about the plot of Shutter Island.

Jun
17
2010
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Coach Review

On its surface, Coach was a film that almost begged me to rip it apart. From its goofy front cover to its tagline, “You can’t score without taking a shot,” I was checking to make sure I had enough alcohol in my apartment to make it through this movie. After having watched Coach, all I can say is that I was wrong about this movie. No one involved in this movie is likely to win any awards, but their target audience of teen girl sleepovers will enjoy this bit of lighthearted romantic entertainment.

Jun
14
2010
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Sanctuary: The Complete Second Season Review

Sanctuary is a show that borrows from The X-Files, CSI, Firefly, and many other superior shows with strong fan followings. There is a lot for science-fiction fans to love about the premise of Sanctuary from the dark gothic cathedral setting to re-imaginings of classic mythical creatures and overarching themes of misunderstood outsiders finding a home. I wanted to like Sanctuary, but I feel that the show’s writers and producers do not understand what works and does not work on their own show.

Jun
13
2010
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