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Sam Boyd, Sports Editor

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Give Attack the Block a chance:” title_align=”separator_align_center”][vc_column_text]The typical alien invasion movie moves into South London as a gang of teens try to survive the night and destroy the threat with a ragtag collection of weapons: golf clubs, samurai swords, baseball bats and water guns. This film beautifully combines sci-fi with the dark horror comedy that can only be found in films like “Shaun of the Dead,” plus an additional supply of British slang.[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”3649″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]Actor John Boyega gives an amazing performance as the troubled gang leader, Moses. Remember his name as he has been rumored to lead in new “Star Wars” and “Terminator” films.[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”3647″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]Bottom line: This film is comical due to the several wannabe gangsters and doesn’t skip out on the gore and terror that aliens can provide.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Give Beasts of the Southern Wild a chance:” title_align=”separator_align_center”][vc_column_text]This Oscar-nominated movie is cinematically stunning and introduced Quvenzhane Wallis as the wise and bold Hushpuppy, a very young girl who has to deal with both her quick-tempered father and a flood that has destroyed her home in the “bayous” of Louisiana. Watching the anger and love Hushpuppy and her father have for each other is both joyous and tear-jerking.[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”3650″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]At times, it is difficult to tell whether Wallis is acting or if this is her real life; because there is no way that a six-year-old can be so great at playing with heart strings. But she is.[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”3651″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]Bottom line: “Beasts” is well-shot and visually appealing, complete with a legitimate story of family, love, loss and economic struggles.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Give Red State a chance:” title_align=”separator_align_center”][vc_column_text]Kevin Smith’s most underrated film follows a group of teenage boys who are lured to their demise by fake promises of sex from members of a fundamentalist group, much like the Westboro Baptist Church. This may seem like a horror film, but it soon turns into a farce of the FBI (and the ATF) as the organization kills the people it attempts to save, while the fundamentalist group resorts to shooting to create peace and tranquility.[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”3653″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]The film has many notable performances from the fear-inducing turn of Michael Parks as the fundamentalist leader who seems a lot like David Koresh to the dark laughs brought by John Goodman as the ATF organizer.[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”3654″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]Bottom line: This is a disturbing yet funny film that mocks both the people of Westboro Baptist and the FBI in such a way that scares out the laughs.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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