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‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ breaks past clichés

By Jacob Pierce |@JacobPierce1_DE |Daily Egyptian

September 7, 2015

"The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” directed by Marielle Heller and starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard and Kristen Wiig, grabs you uncomfortably and tells a rarely-told coming of age story.To say this movie is edgy, awkward...

“Mr. Holmes” battles past mediocrity

By Jacob Pierce |@JacobPierce1_DE |Daily Egyptian

September 5, 2015

“Mr. Holmes,” directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, barely creates a good Sherlock Holmes story out of a non-Sherlock Holmes-like tale.For all the good ideas, themes and performances “Mr. Holmes” has, the mo...

‘No Escape’ makes audience run for exit

By Jacob Pierce, @JacobPierce1_DE

September 2, 2015

“No Escape,” directed by John Erick Dowdle and starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan, misses a huge opportunity to become worthy of discussion.The movie's problem is its execution. An American family moves to a...

“Ricki and The Flash” shines brighter than expected

By Jacob Pierce |@JacobPierce1_DE |Daily Egyptian

August 30, 2015

“Ricki and The Flash,” directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield and Mamie Gummer breaks through negative expectations and a poor final act, making it a good film.This may be a first fo...

“We Are Your Friends” remains mostly friendless

By Jacob Pierce |@JacobPierce1_DE |Daily Egyptian

August 30, 2015

“We Are Your Friends,” directed by Max Joseph and starring Zac Efron, Wes Bentley and Emily Ratajkowski, provides a pretentious, clichéd ridded but acceptable film. This movie has a lot of problems, most of which come from...

“American Ultra” hits most of the targets

By Jacob Pierce |@JacobPierce1_DE |Daily Egyptian

August 25, 2015

“American Ultra,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton and Topher Grace, is a high-octane thrill ride, only stopped by its misguided director. Nima Nourizadeh's only other film directed is the dreadful "Proj...

‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ is pretentious, but entertaining

By Jacob Pierce, @JacobPierce1_DE

May 12, 2015

Many average movie-goers look at independent films as gaudy, pompous and overly eccentric. While this bias, like the majority of prejudices, is mostly incorrect, there are some films that fall into a self-fulfilling prophecy....

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