Shakiel Mahjouri

‘A Cure For Wellness’ Film Review

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A Cure for Wellness marks the big return of Gore Verbinski — the mind behind “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Ring” — and you can bet his latest movie will leave audiences and critics divided. The eerie new psychological thriller follows an ambitious young executive named Mr. Lockhart (Dane DeHaan), tasked with retrieving his CEO from a “wellness spa” in the Swiss Alps. Lockhart begins to suspect all may not be as it seems at the facility, after he too is admitted for the same curious illness that plagues all its…read more

‘Hidden Figures’ Film Review

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Hidden Figures is an inspiring true story about breaking barriers and the brilliant intuitiveness of women. Anchored by a remarkable true story and elevated by a well-crafted cast, Hidden Figures shoots for the moon. Set in the early ’60s, Hidden Figures tells the true story of African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and her two colleagues at NASA, Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). With the U.S. losing ground to the Soviet Union in the Space race, these three women become integral parts of country’s eventual space success — overcoming intense racial and…read more

‘Trolls’ Film Review

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Animated movies are arguably hotter than ever, after all the last six years have produced the six highest-grossing animated films of all-time. Trolls, an animated musical starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, looks to strike while the iron is hot. Movies usually produce a line of toys, but every so often that formula is flipped. Much like the G.I. Joe action figures, Dreamworks new animated movie Trolls is inspired by the once uber-popular wacky-haired Troll dolls. Kendrick and Timberlake star as trolls Poppy and Branch, two complete opposites working together to…read more

‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Film Review

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A Tale of Love and Darkness stars Natalie Portman in her directorial debut. Adapted from the multi-award winning autobiographical novel of the same name by Amos Oz, it documents Oz’s life in Jerusalem’s last few years under the British Mandate and Israel’s first few years of independence. Portman picked a hearty and challenging first feature film —  but did she bite off more than she could chew? Let’s put a little disclaimer here. A Tale of Love and Darkness tells a captivating story, and it is told primarily in Hebrew. If…read more