Steve Carell Shines in this Frightening Role | Review of ‘Foxcatcher’

By: Cynthia Ayala

When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave. Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont’s majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont’s mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont’s erratic behavior and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete’s already shaky self-esteem.

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A Study on the Human Experience | Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)

By: Cynthia Ayala

R is just a zombie who goes about his daily life eating brains and flesh here and there, taking care of his zombie wife and zombie children. That is, until he meets Julie and scarfs down her boyfriend Perry’s brains. Something is changing him, something from Perry and his inability to draw away from Julie is changing him, turning him into something else or rather, something old. Slowly, but surely, R is becoming human again, his heart is beating again. But that’s only if he can survive the Boney’s, the flesh freed Zombies, and Julie’s father, the general.
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A Mediocre Biblical Film | Review of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Egyptian Princes Moses (Christian Bale) and Ramses (Joel Edgerton) are raised together as brothers. When Ramses becomes pharaoh, Moses is his most-trusted adviser. However Moses soon discovers his Hebrew parentage, and Ramses banishes him to the desert — often a death sentence. But God has a mission for Moses: Free the Israelites from slavery. Moses returns from exile and demands that Ramses let his people go, but the arrogant ruler is unmoved, leading to a battle of divine wills.

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Emotionally Driven | Through the Zombie Glass (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #2)

By: Cynthia Ayala

Alice Bell has seen the darker side of the night. Having lost her family in a deadly car crash where she finally discovered that Zombies stalk the night and ache for our souls. Alice thought she had nothing left to lose after losing her family. But she’s been wrong before. After a new zombie attack and surviving it, strange things have been happening to Alice Bell. Mirrors come to life and voices of dead whispering into her ears; Alice is slowly losing herself and her hold on reality. Can she hold on or will Zombie Alice take over and be the deadliest zombie around?
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A Spellbinding, Charming and Hilarious Musical for All | Review of ‘Into the Woods’

By: Cynthia Ayala

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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A Chilling Revival of Gothic Horror | Review of The Woman in Black

By: Cynthia Ayala

Arthur Kipps was sent to a small town of Crythin Gifford to collect the documents of the recently deceased Alice Drablow. But in a house that is secluded and separated from the small little town by a deadly marsh that with tides that rise and fall, Kipps is trapped in the secluded house. Or so he thinks. Night after night, he finds himself haunted by sounds throughout the house, by a woman in black who appears around the house, wondering the grounds, disappearing as silently. However, seeing her has a deadly price and Kipps will be lucky to leave the land alive.

The Woman in Black, first published on October 10, 1983 by Hamish Hamilton, is a gothic ghost story written by Susan Hill. The novel follows the memories of Arthur Kipps as he relives his own real life ghost story at the insistence of his wife and children one Christmas Holiday. Relieving his memories, he recounts his encounter with the Woman in Black, the vengeful spirit of Eel Marsh house.
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The [Unnecessary] Defining Chapter | Review of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

By: Cynthia Ayala

Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

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A Sci-Fi Adventure That Needs a Spark | Review of The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies, #5) – 954 Nation

By: Cynthia Ayala

Shifting from several point of views, The Revenge of Seven builds a strong and wonderful story packed with adventure and story as the moves forward and follows these various characters as they move on from the tragic events of the last book. The team, separated with no way of contacting one another, each chapter shows events across the globe as they happen, tying the characters together as well as the story[…] Continue reading “A Sci-Fi Adventure That Needs a Spark | Review of The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies, #5) – 954 Nation”

A Sci-Fi Adventure That Needs a Spark | Review of The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies, #5)

By: Cynthia Ayala

The Mogadorians are here. After years apart, the orphan Loriens have finally found each other, only to discover a traitor in their midst and lose another. Four are dead from the Nine sent to Earth and even though another was discovered, their numbers are still few. Four, known also as John Smith, is the leader of the ragtag team and with the Mogadorians on the move and one of their own taken, Four has decided to take the fight to them and win by all means possible.

The Revenge of Seven is the fifth novel in the Lorien Legacies series, also known as the I Am Number Four Series, by Pittacus Lore. Published on August 26, 2014. The novel is a young adult science fiction adventure about a group of orphan teens on a mission to save the world.
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