The Suffolk Journal

Netflix Needs More Rom-Coms Like “The Half of It”

Leah Lewis and Alexxis Lemire in Netflix's new teenage rom-com

Sarah Lukowski

May 5, 2020

Netflix’s new coming-of-age film “The Half of It,” directed by Alice Wu, needs to be celebrated for its honest take on high school friendships, Chinese-American identity and most importantly, what it means to be queer.  “The Half of It” is full of authenticity and heart as the school outcast ...

“Selah and the Spades” explores the complexities of high school with a fresh-faced cast and stunning visuals

Actress Lovie Simone as Selah in the new Amazon coming-of-age film

Sarah Lukowski

April 21, 2020

Writer and director Tayarisha Poe made her directorial debut with the coming-of-age film “Selah and the Spades,” which gives an honest and intriguing look into high school cliques and its politics at a prestigious boarding school in Pennsylvania.  The film follows five feuding factions at th...

Mockingjay soars on screen

By Facebook user The Hunger Games

Brigitte Carreiro

December 2, 2015

After leaving viewers an exceptional cliff-hanger in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,” the partner film and finalé to the popular “Hunger Games” series had much to live up to. With an emotionally-taxing novel to mimic and astounding scenes to recreate, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - ...

Could ‘Jupiter Ascending’ be the next cult classic?

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March 4, 2015

By Abbey Wilson Despite the cautionary tales that the new science-fiction movie, “Jupiter Ascending” was two-thumbs down, I went to the theater anyway. Plopping down in my seat, I decided I’d keep an open mind despite harsh reviews from friends, and even my mother, that the movie was plain terrible. Let...

Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” gives audiences a different view of the college vacation culture

Gianna Carchia

March 28, 2013

The most important thing to note before, during, or after you see Spring Breakers is that it does anything but encourage the behavior it portrays. Though easily the most absurd movie of the last year, possibly of the last decade, Spring Breakers somehow manages to send an important message to moviegoers...

Zero Dark Thirty: Hits Theatres, the film to Define a Decade

Joey Johnson

January 23, 2013

Joey Johnson  Journal Contributor Capturing the emotions and essence of an entire American decade is no easy task, especially when it comes to something as fueled as the manhunt for notorious Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden.  Yet Kathryn Bigelow, director of 2009’s Oscar award-winning war film The Hur...

Suffolk screens “Phillip the Fossil”

Suffolk screens

October 24, 2012

Ally Johnson  Journal Staff Marking the first night of Suffolk’s Cinema Series, Massachusetts native Garth Donovan was in tow, and with him, his most recent film Phillip the Fossil. His most recent venture into filmmaking has resulted in this film being shown at SXSW, (South by South West) a fe...

‘Looper’ takes Sci-fi genre forward

October 3, 2012

Ally Johnson  Journal Staff Do not make the mistake of brushing this off as just another sci-fi movie, it is so much more than that. Not only is it the best film of its genre is the past 10 years, it’s arguably one of the best films so far released this year, and probably the most original screenp...

“The Master” captures twisted imagination

David Frederick

September 26, 2012

“I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but above all I am a man just like you.” These are the words spoken by Lancaster Dodd played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, the titular character in P.T. Anderson’s latest feature The Master. The film follows the exploits...

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Laura K. Mahoney

September 26, 2012

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, a movie is worth a million, and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower is certainly worth at least that many. Not only did Chbosky direct this film, but he also wrote the epistolary novel that it’s based on.  Starring Logan Le...

Cabin in the Woods, no typical horror flick

Cabin in the Woods, no typical horror flick

April 18, 2012

Laura Mahony  Journal Staff The Cabin in the Woods, directed and co-written by Drew Goddard, and co-written by Joss Whedon, is anything but typical... in a good way. Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson, Franz Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, and Si...

Titanic 3D brings classic to new light

Titanic 3D brings classic to new light

April 11, 2012

Laura Mahony  Journal Staff James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic was a masterpiece in itself, but is now taken to a new level in 3D form. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Titanic has been a box office hit, as well as a classic in our hearts since the day it was released in 1997. A great, m...

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