Alexandria Agbaje

Movie Review: Philomena

Philomena ???? As someone who tends to find based-on-true-story films formulaic, I was pleasantly surprised at how subtly complex “Philomena”. With clever humor, tight writing and phenomenal acting, director Stephen Frears creates a dynamic film that will have audiences invested in the journey.

Movie Review: You're Next

You’re Next Not afraid of the big bad wolf? “You’re Next” says you should be. With phenomenal cinematography, sufficient acting and a jarring score, director Adam Wingard composes a surprisingly excellent horror film seeped in tension and violence. While at a wedding anniversary getaway, the Davison family comes under attack by mysterious animal-masked murders.

Movie Review: How To Make Money Selling Drugs

3 1/2 stars What The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Mo Money Mo Problems” says in four minutes is what director Matthew Cooke shows in his hour and a half documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs.” By slightly diverging from the traditional documentary style and offering first hand anecdotes, Cooke offers an introspective look at how America’s War on Drugs was established because of money and political power. Through interviews with former drug dealers, addicts and DEA agents, the audience is presented with ten “easy” steps on how to go from broke Joe Schmo to millionaire cartel lord.

Behind the Reel: the new "Oldboy' in town

After the international success of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and the impending threat of nuclear attack (by the North), it’s no wonder the world is looking at Korea right now. And utilizing this attention, Spike Lee has taken upon himself to adapt the famous Korean film “Oldboy” and make an American version starring Josh Brolin.

Movie short: Spring Breakers

I knew “Spring Breakers” was special from the moment I saw it. Director Harmony Korine’s film is a finely crafted work of art which touches on intricate social issues while flaunting its bikini-clad stars. Dive Verdict: ???1/2

Behind the Reel: What Not to Watch

Each week, Dive brings you “Behind the Reel,” a weekly blog where staff writers provide commentary on all things related to the film industry. Staff writer Alexandria Agbaje writes about the sub par films she was recently subjected to over spring break.