‘Gone Girl’ adaptation stays faithful to novel

By Britton Perelman, Staff Writer Told from two different perspectives, “Gone Girl,” the film based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, is a psychological drama about the difficulties of marriage. On the day of their five-year wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) comes home to find his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) is missing. In the weeks that follow, Nick goes from being the unknown owner of a Missouri bar to the most hated man in the country. Everyone seems to think that Nick killed his wife, but a twisted treasure hunt of an investigation...

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‘This Is Where I Leave You’ captures true family

By Britton Perelman, For The Miami Student You probably thought your family was complicated, that is, until you saw “This Is Where I Leave You.” Led by Jason Bateman, who plays Judd, “This Is Where I Leave You” follows the Altman family through the seven days after their father dies. His final wish was to have his four grown children sit Shiva for him, forcing them to spend more time together than they have since they all left home. The dramedy opened this past weekend with one of the most star-studded casts currently in the box-office. Jason Bateman plays...

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‘Stay’ for the love story, not the acting

By Britton Perelman, Staff Writer Mia Hall’s biggest concern was a letter from Juilliard, until a snow day that would change her life forever.  After a tragic car accident leaves Mia (Chloë Grace Moretz) in a coma, she’s left to decide her own fate during an out of body experience in the hospital. Told through flashbacks and scenes from the hospital hallways where Mia is confined, “If I Stay” is the latest young adult romance novel turned major movie.  I was intrigued by the core idea behind the story, that Mia has to choose whether or not she wants to...

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Growing up again with Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’

By Britton Perelman, Staff Writer (4/5 stars) One of the most unique things about movies lies in their ability to not only reach an audience of millions of people, but to also somehow connect with those millions of individuals in a very personal way. We’re drawn to specific movies because we see bits of ourselves in the characters, in the emotions portrayed, in the stories themselves. In 2002, writer and director Richard Linklater created a story about a young boy named Mason and his family. He assembled a small cast and, almost secretly, filmed what became known as “Boyhood” during...

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Check in at ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Britton Perelman, Staff Writer I must admit that I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I sat down to watch “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” About 100 minutes later, I left the theater dancing a jig to the incredibly upbeat music in the credits and wondering where in the world Wes Anderson ever came up with the idea for the delightful madness that is his latest movie. What was “The Grand Budapest Hotel” about, you ask? Well, it was a little bit of everything. There was murder, theft, love, deception, friendship and loyalty. There was a story within a story, a chase scene that took place on abandoned Winter Olympics slopes, a secret society and a jailbreak that reminded me very much of “The Shawshank Redemption.” It was a fun, fast paced ride centered on an exquisite hotel up in the mountains of Europe called The Grand Budapest. The first thing that struck me about the film was the beauty of it all. The cinematography was stunning, made better only by the overly saturated colors in every shot. At the beginning of the movie I actually found myself a little distracted from the plotline because of the camera work and how well it was executed. Then there’s the musical score, which is tremendous and matches the mood in every scene to a tee. The other great beauty of...

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