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Top 4 Must-See Romantic Comedies

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Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate love! Sometimes it’s better to celebrate after Valentine’s Day because then there are less crowds and things like that big box of chocolate and cute teddy bear start to go on sale! Even if you already celebrated V-Day or just want to take a break from studying, here are a mix of new romance and comedy movies to go check out in the spirit of love!

1. That Awkward Moment

A romantic comedy starring Zac Efron as one part of a trio of best friends who make a pact to maintain single status after one of them ends up heartbroken by a recent breakup.

2. Labor Day

Adele (Kate Winslet) is a struggling single mother to her thirteen year old son, Henry. On a back-to-school shopping trip, the two bump into escaped convict Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), who convinces them to take him in. Romance can only follow, right?

3. About Last Night

A “modern reimagining” of the 1986 classic rom-com. This version follows the new love for two couples as they progress in their relationships, starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, and Michael Ealy.

4. Endless Love

Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) is the pretty and privileged teen who falls for David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer), a troubled working-class boy, after high school graduation. Both the teen’s parents disapprove of their love, which only makes them want to pursue it more.

So get going to the movies with that special someone or even with some friends!

Did you already see one of these films? What did you think?

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Must-See Movie List

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There are some great movies that have recently been released or will be coming out very soon! Now  is the perfect time to journey out to movie theaters because the weather is getting colder and it is nice to get warm and cozy in a theater with some steaming popcorn. Be sure to check out these four highly anticipated movies:

1. Don Jon (September 27th)

Although this has already been out for a while, it may still be out in some theaters. If not, check it out when it gets released on DVD if you are looking to break away from your books for a laugh. Don Jon is the story of a guy (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who likes to watch pornography on his computer while trying to maintain a relationship with a woman (played by Scarlett Johansson) who is looking for prince charming. It is a great comedy perfect for college students.

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2. Gravity (October 4th)

For fans of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, this is the movie for you! Both actors are on a space mission and get stuck in space alone after their shuttle is destroyed in an accident. The graphics alone are enough to prove that this movie is stellar, not to mention how it gets your adrenaline pumping!

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3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22nd)

This is one of the most talked about films of the season; the second film of the Hunger Games series. In this film, Katinss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (played by Josh Hutcherson) are being targeted by the Capitol after they cause a rebellion with their actions in the last Hunger Games. Definitely a must-see!

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4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13th)

This movie is such a MUST-SEE! It is the second of the “Hobbit” films and continues the journey that Bilbo and the dwarves began in the first movie. All Lord of the Rings fans must go see this movie!

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So head on out and see any one, if not all, of these movies! And remember to always ask if they offer a student discount when purchasing your ticket!

Which movie are you most excited to see? Tell us in a comment below!

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Must-See Movies of Summer 2013

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You may have noticed temperatures across the country are warming up! A great way to cool off, or just take a break from work or summer school, is to see one of this summer’s big movie hits:

1. The To Do List (7/26)

This romantic comedy stars Aubrey Plaza as recent high school graduate, Brandy Clark. When she starts to feel pressured to become more sexually experienced before going off to college, Brandy makes a list of things to accomplish before the summer is over.

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2. 2 Guns (8/2)

Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington get themselves into some trouble in this action comedy. They star as a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence Officer assigned to investigate each other only to find out they’ve been set up by the very people they’ve been stealing money from.

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3. Elysium (8/9)

Matt Damon and Jodie Foster are back in the movie business with this film set in the year 2154. The rich live on an expensive space-stay while the rest of the population lives on a desolate and poor Earth. Damon stars as the man given a mission that could bring equality to the two worlds.

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4. Planes (8/9)

Who doesn’t love an animated movie? The lovable Dane Cook is the voice of Dusty, a lowly crop-dusting plane dreaming of competing in a great race. There’s just one little problem: he’s afraid of heights. But, with Skipper, his mentor, and some new friends, Dusty finds out his dream of flying high may be possible after all.

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5. The Butler (8/16)

Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) served eight presidents as the White House’s head butler from 1952 to 1986, so it’s fair to say he had a special front-row seat as history was made. The all-star cast includes Oprah, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, and Mariah Carey.

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6. Jobs (8/16)

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.” In Jobs, Ashton Kutcher gets the privilege of playing the esteemed tech genius Steve Jobs. The movie follows him from the time he dropped out of college to his ascension to one of the most creative entrepreneurs ever.

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There are some great movies out this summer, so head on down to your local theater to escape the heat and indulge in a good movie and a bucket of popcorn. Just make sure you aren’t putting off any homework for summer classes!

What’s on your must-see movie list? Tell us in a comment below!

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Movies: What’s Coming Out This Year?

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By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

According to the Hollywood Museum, Americans spend $4.9 billion at the movies and another $12 billion on video rentals each year. Last month, an article by Brad Tuttle of TimeMagazine reported that a study they conducted found that “6 in 10 (61%) adults rarely or never go out to the movies,” and that if we’re part of the group that does still go out to movies, we’re in, get this, the minority. I guess the recession should’ve prepared us for this day.

“When the economy turns south there’s a rise in affordable splurges like romance novels and donuts,” Tuttle explains. “This is because people want to treat themselves in minor, inexpensive ways,” he says. (Hmm.. that may explain my recent Starbucks addiction…)

If Tuttle is right, and we are mostly spending our money on inexpensive things, then we should take a weekend every now and then to splurge on a movie, right? Hey, you can’t spend every weekend partying, can you? Don’t answer that.

Like I was saying, we all love the excitement of a night out at the movies every couple of weekends or so. Whether you’re into action, suspense, drama, or comedies, there’s always something for everyone.

The Hunger Games, Titanic 3D, and The Hobbit top the list of most anticipated movies this year, but you might be interested to know what else is set for release in 2012:

The Amazing Spiderman (July 2012)

Emma Stone stars in the upcoming movie, The Amazing Spiderman. Photo by Loren Javier

In the fourth Spiderman film, Peter Parker uncovers a clue that will help him figure out why his parents disappeared. On his quest for discovery, Parker runs into Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former business partner, and Connors’ alter ego, The Lizard. Unfortunately, a lot of the roles have been recast, so we won’t be seeing Tobey Maguire or Kirsten Dunst. Instead’ the new cast includes Emma Stone, Sally Field, and Andrew Garfield.

What to Expect When Youre Expecting (May 2012)

Based on the 1984 pregnancy guide by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, What to Expect is about five couples experiencing the ups and downs of having a baby. Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, and Dennis Quaid are among a cast that is sure to make us laugh. Bonus: Chris Rock and eye-candy Chace Crawford also have roles!

TheDarkKnightRises (July 2012)

Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne in this sequel to The Dark Knight. Liam Neeson and Anne Hathaway join Bale. In the second installment, bad guy Bane (Tom Hardy) is destroying the city and Batman feels compelled to assist his city and its police department in taking him down. Not exactly a new plot, but who doesn’t like Batman?

The Lifeof Pi (December 2012)

The upcoming film is based on the book of the same name, The Life of Pi. Photo by Sonia T 360.

For this one, I would suggest reading the book first. However, if you don’t have time to read the book before the movie comes out, it’ll only take a quick scan of the movie’s plot to pull you in: “The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.” Who could say no to that? Tobey Maguire shows his face for this adventure film, set for release this December.

Anna Karenina (November 2012)

Are you a fan of Pride and Prejudice? Make sure you see Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law as her lover. Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina tells the story of a young woman trapped in a loveless marriage. When she tries to search for a better life, she only finds a more complicated one.

The Great Gatsby (December 2012)

This literary classic comes to life on the big screen this December! Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Nick Carraway who moves to Long Island and finds himself fascinated by neighbor Jay Gatsby’s luxurious lifestyle. Gatsby’s circle welcomes him in, and what follows is a mix of drama, obsession and tragedy.

As you can see, it was hard to narrow down the list to just a few. There are numerous websites showcasing the upcoming blockbusters of 2012, so be sure to check them out and let us know which ones you’re most excited for!

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Keith’s Top 5 Summer Activities

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by Guest Blogger Keith Kaplan I ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Regular blogger. Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).

Hit the beach. Go geocaching (geocaching?). You’ve got lots to do this summer!
Summer is a great time – the sun is out, school has ended, and you get to log some serious hang time with your friends.  Even though you may have a summer job or an internship, I’m hoping you’ll still make time for the things you love to do.

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Here are some of my favorite summer activities:

1. Take a trip to the lake (or ocean). To me there’s almost nothing better, come summer, than cooling off by going to a lake or the ocean, depending on where you are.  It’s even better if you know someone who has a boat.  One of my highlights from last summer was learning to wake board at my friend’s lake house.

Even if water sports aren’t your thing, you can still have a great time playing beach games like volleyball, Frisbee, Cornhole, or even Bocce Ball.  If it so happens that you’re not by a large body of water, most cities have a public pool that you can swim in.  Whether lake, ocean or pool, though, don’t forget to take your sun screen, sunglasses, and a nice book to read while you soak up some rays.

2. Go geocaching. This is a treasure hunting game where Geocachers try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a GPS-enabled device.  Once these geocaches have been found, you log your find and share your experience by visiting the geocaching website.  Every time I tell my friends about this, they either have no idea what I’m talking about or think I’m crazy for actually doing this.  Either way, geocaching is a great way to spend time outside with your friends enjoying the summer weather.

3. Did you say concert? Summer is prime time for concerts and festivals.  All around the country there are major musical happenings, including Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Summerfest, and LollapaloozaMetrowize is a great resource that names some of the nation’s most popular music festivals.

4. Any time is Movie Time. This summer there are a bunch of great movies heading for a big screen near you, among them The Green Lantern, The art of Getting By, Super 8, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  On summer days when the weather’s not the greatest, take a trip to the movie theatre.  Flixster.com is a great site for checking out reviews, trailers, and showtimes.

5. Play ball! It just wouldn’t be summer without baseball.  Don’t be shy about going to a game just because you know nothing about baseball.  Chances are you have friends who know the game – go with them.  I went to my first MLB game in Chicago last summer, and did I have a good time! If you’re with a group of friends and it’s a nice day outside, you’ll have fun.  Cheap MLB Tickets is a site that lets you buy discounted tickets to professional sporting events.

Do you have some terrific plans for the summer? Share them with us!

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