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By now the 2014 summer movie season is in full swing, and we have seen our fair share of action packed adventures. There is one upcoming film, however, that may well be one of the most important movies of the year. Marvel’s “Guardian’s of the Galaxy”, which is set to release on Aug. 1, is seemingly a mere outer space saga full of cartoonish characters and ships blowing up. In reality, however, it is the next step in Marvel’s flawless execution of changing the movie industry forever.
With Super Heroes all the rage, Antboy is a bit different - in a good way. Based on a popular Danish comic, this is a good film for younger kids who may find the super charged super hero films like Spider-Man, Captain America and The Avengers a bit too much action for them. The story follows a young boy who is bitten by and ant and develops super powers. He is aided by a comic book nerd and, of course, has to deal with a super villain. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Anthony A, age 12 says, "I think this movie is pretty cool. It is funny and has a small amount of action." His full review is below.
The Walt Disney Company has been responsible for some of the most timeless classics to grace our theaters and TV screens since the company’s inception in 1923. The multinational mass media conglomerate is one of the largest companies in the world and has established itself as a leader in the American animation industry as well as live-action film, television, travel, and theme parks. The Disney train has been going strong for decades now and there seems to be nothing stopping its momentum in the coming years.
The Gaslight Theatre is putting on a musical comedy of "Spider Guy". The play runs until August 25 and tickets are available on http://thegaslighttheatre.com/
The Oscar season is customarily kicked off by the Academy president and a random star solemnly announcing the nominees in a drab ceremony. The Academy decided to shake up tradition this year, however, in one of the most cheerful Oscar mornings we’ve ever had. Seth MacFarlane, director of “Ted” and this year’s Oscar host, announced the nominees Thursday morning alongside the invaluable Emma Stone, who had the funniest bit at last year’s Oscar ceremony. MacFarlane and Stone made for an outstanding duo, engaging in playful banter about each of the categories. Even when one of their jokes didn’t quite hit the mark, MacFarlane and Stone still looked like they were having a genuine ball on stage. That’s more than can be said about Anne Hathaway and James Franco when they hosted the Oscars two years ago.
Want to win an iPad Mini before the holidays? What about a custom-made necklace and bracelet, or a family four pack to visit Out of Africa in Sedona? This year, The Explorer is collecting toys and goodies for the children at the University Medical Center Diamond Children’s Center. The Diamond Center has children of all ages from newborn, to pre-teens, to teenagers who are often overlooked in medical centers.
Last year, The Explorer Newspaper asked readers to take some time and donate food or toys to our office, which were then taken to local organizations to help the underprivileged have a nicer holiday.
Although it was a decade ago, it seems like just yesterday when little seven-year-old Shane Weinstein walked out of Sam Raimi’s “Spiderman.”
With temperatures hitting 107 degrees last week, it’s no surprise that residents in Southern Arizona are seeking cover, and one of those summertime favorites is going to the movies.
Congratulations to Diego Zell, 11, and Lilly Garland, 4, winners of The Explorer’s coloring contest. The youngsters drew a superhero version of themselves to coincide with the Sesame Street Live production of “You’re A Hero, Too! Elmo’s Healthy Heroes.” Diego created “Veggie Boy,” a character that shoots broccoli from his wrists, like Spider-Man, while Lilly created “Ballet Girl,” who twirls before she fights bad eating habits. Each received a family four-pack of tickets to the Sesame Street Live production, which takes place April 26-27 at Tucson Music Hall.
As the graying of America continues to pick up speed, and with a newly elected President claiming that health care reform is the center of his White House, health and wellness are in vogue like never before. Preventive medicines, then, are at the heart of modern wellness and, sadly, too few use them.
Reviews of films in local theaters this week.