Northeast Times

 Articles by Senitra Horbrook

Divergent is familiar, but still very entertaining

It seems like filmmakers and studios are increasingly turning toward the young adult novel genre, known as YA, in hopes of finding the next big blockbuster movie series. The movies already have a built-in audience — the tween and teenage girl fans of the books are sure to head to theaters in droves, right?


‘Need for Speed’ does not translate to the big screen

Aaron Paul wants to be known for more than just being that guy from Breaking Bad. Need for Speed is not the vehicle that will get him to that point.


Artemisia makes ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ worth seeing

Does a movie from eight years ago really need a sequel? Was anyone clamoring to see more of the Spartans versus the Persians?


‘Son of God’ lacks imagination

Shortly before the release of Son of God, #HotJesus went viral on Twitter. The hashtag refers to Portuguese former model/actor/Brad Pitt lookalike Diogo Morgado, star of Son of God. Needless to say, Morgado is certainly a tall and attractive Jesus with his long locks and pearly white teeth. But he’s just about the only appealing thing about the movie from a cinematic perspective.


Greed might not be good, but it can be funny

Jordan Belfort is about as vile of a human being as they come. He’s an amoral, materialistic, greedy, drug-addicted criminal. He is not a guy you root for to win. Yet, he’s extremely fascinating.


‘Anchorman 2’ not as great as the first

Viewers of the first Anchorman movie understand why Ron Burgundy is “kind of a big deal.”


American Hustle’s star-studded cast does not disappoint

With a humorous disclaimer about how some of the stuff in the movie actually happened, American Hustle will grab your attention from the start and never let go. It’s got that cool 1970s vibe, an appealing mix of comedy and drama, and offers up lots of twists and turns.


Out of the Furnace tackles tough topics

Is there a better setting for a bleak, gritty flick than Western Pennsylvania? Set in Braddock, a steel mill town just east of Pittsburgh where 35 percent of the population is under the poverty line, the setting is one of the few things that Out of the Furnace gets right. 


Disney throwback Frozen will warm your heart

I imagine that if Cinderella were in 3D and made with CGI, it’d look a lot like Frozen. New technology aside, Frozen is a throwback to classic Disney. It’s more of the story and the ample amount of singing that make Frozen feel like the old Disney movies that are near and dear to many people’s hearts.


Catching Fire movie just as good as the book

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins burst out onto the scene in 2008 and was a huge success among young readers (and, eventually adults). The movie last year also was a big hit, and the sequel has understandably been one of the most anticipated films of the year.