Novel brings to life blue-haired heroine

Closing portals, demon made wishes and a blue-haired girl prowling the streets of Prague to fulfill unworldly deeds are only beginning glimpses of Laini Taylor’s “The Daughter of Smoke and Bone.” This novel will definitely send readers into a whirlwind of imagination and fast paced action; however, Taylor frequently falls into common character and plot cliches that often time distract from her creative qualities

“Moonrise Kingdom” captures the essence of childhood romance

Wes Anderson’s films have always walked the thin line between realism and fantasy. Some, like “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Darjeeling Limited,” feel grounded the reality of life, taking its sweet time to focus on dysfunctional familial relationships through dark humor. Others, like the animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” seem straight out of a children’s pop-up book, immersed in fantastical situations that could never be real.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” swings into theaters

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Five years after the last Spider-Man film (part of Sam Rami’s trilogy), Sony Pictures has released “The Amazing Spider-Man,” a reboot directed by Marc Webb. This film takes us back to the origins of Peter Parker while he’s still a high school student, dealing with teenage angst, bullying, and school girl crushes. In fact, there isn’t too much superhero action going on, but it ends up working in the film’s favor.

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