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Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by by K.L. grade 8 on Wednesday, July 27
This movie is perfect for anyone who wants a good story line. It also could provide you with ideas about deeper meanings of life and death. It provide what could almost be a version of his version of what happens when you die. The movie is scarily realistic on how well it was produced. Overall I would recommend this movie to anyone of all ages for its quality. This movie could also spark some...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by by G.B. grade 8 on Wednesday, July 27
This book is definitely high up on my list of favorite books. It’s starts with a young boy named Harry potter who lives with the Dursleys. His Parents had been killed by Voldemort which would soon be revealed. He gets a letter from Hogwarts but his Aunt and uncle won’t let him go. The letters keep coming, forcing them to leave. They go to a cabin far away and Hagrid Comes to visit them. He brings...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by by G.B. grade 8 on Wednesday, July 27
Scythe is a dystopian fiction that begins in a world that has no death.The main characters, Citra and Rowan are introduced early on. Citra and Rowan live in a world with no disease or death, but with no disease or death comes over population. To combat overpopulation there are Scythes. Scythes are above all law and have the job of killing or “Gleaning”. Scythes are very distinctive amongst the...
Teen Reviews - Music
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Picked by by B.L. grade 10 on Wednesday, July 27
Californication is the seventh album released by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and it's seriously a great one. Californication includes a few fan-favorite songs, such as the titular song, “Californication”, and “Otherside”. This album is perfect for jamming out at home or on the go, and has an exquisite soundtrack. Those born in the 80s and 90s will likely remember this album and its contained songs...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by by B.L. grade 10 on Wednesday, July 27
Central Intelligence is a 2-hour long comedy movie about Robbie Weirdicht/Bob Stone (Dwanye Johnson) and Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart). This movie features some of your favorite comedic actors and is sure to give you a chuckle! With a compelling plot following a befuddled CIA agent and his search for his lost apprentice, teaming up with his high school friend to uncover the truth, mixed with an...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by by I.W. grade 12 on Wednesday, July 27
The Road to El Dorado is a beautifully animated film with fun characters and an enjoyable premise, along with catchy musical numbers. It's a very underrated film in my opinion and has great voice performance from Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline. Two crooks find a map to an ancient lost city that was rumored to be made entirely out of gold. Upon arriving, the locals then see them as gods because...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by by I.W. grade 12 on Wednesday, July 27
“Face your fears and be brave.” When facing the Sandworm, the couple was rather scared and all for good reason. But in the end, they fought against it and made it safely home before it could catch them. “Read the handbook” is another good life lesson. When dealing with a situation, it’s always good to ‘follow the instructions’ in a sense. You may want to be independent and do things alone, but...
Teen Reviews - Books
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Picked by by K.L. grade 8 on Wednesday, July 27
This book goes very deep into the holocaust. Wiesel was actually a survivor who went through these horrors of inhumane treatment in the holocaust. I would say you should be relatively mature to read this book as it could get dark at times. It is crazy on how bad they were treated, and was explained with great detail. I would recommend 8th Grade and Older to read this book because of the horrific...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by by I.W. grade 12 on Wednesday, July 27
“Love surpasses death.” I feel like the movie is a metaphor, in a sense, for this theme. Victor was going to get married to Victoria but then, when in the forest, was welcomed by death where he met Emily. As the movie goes on, he finds that he truly doesn’t love Emily like that, wanting to continue the wedding with Victoria. Death was supposed to wreck the marriage yet love was triumphant and...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by by I.W. grade 12 on Wednesday, July 27
“Try new things and don’t be afraid to think outside of the box.” Jack Skellington spent the movie wanting to try something else. Being the king of Halloween, he longed for something more. And when discovering Christmas Town, he saw his opportunity. He wanted to try something new, something different and fun. But, this leads into another life lesson. “Your actions have consequences.” He tried so...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by by I.W. grade 12 on Wednesday, July 27
“Your trauma doesn’t only affect you” In this wonderful masterpiece of a movie it shows the power of family and the end to generational trauma in a family and what its like to be different from the people around you told through very catchy and heartwarming musical numbers. Although the themes of said movie are very strong and emotional. The actual execution of it is very mediocre and slow the...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by by I.S. grade 12 on Wednesday, July 27
“Be grateful for what you have.” Coraline started off in the movie being quite upset at what she was given. She didn’t like the home, the food, the clothes, etc. When she traveled into the Other World, she became spoiled with the various fancy foods, the nice room, being able to do as she pleased. But when realizing that the world was evil, she began to miss her real family. She fought to be with...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by by J. grade 12 on Wednesday, July 27
Yet another triumph from Pixar! A humorous coming of age movie. I really appreciated the complex relationships portrayed in the movie that I believe some viewers can relate to. The depiction of transition from a child to a teenager I believe (as a teenager myself) is one of the most accurate I've seen on screen. It never felt patronizing of what young adults experience and instead gives them...
Teen Reviews - Movies
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Picked by by J. grade 12 on Wednesday, July 27
Just an all around feel good masterpiece from Pixar. The moment I saw the trailer I was excited to see this movie. The animation style is so fresh and appealing to the eye the character designs go so well with the new style Pixar used. The movie's story is a heartwarming coming of age but stays light hearted allowing the viewer to unwind and relax and just enjoy a fun film. The film story (...
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Picked by Jane on Tuesday, July 26
The story begins and ends in Viareggio, Italy with the Cabrelli Family and its stone setting business. It spans four generations and several countries during World War II up to the present time. Matelda, the matriarch of the family, has health issues and knows her time is limited. She is determined to share the long-held secrets of her family, especially about her mother Domenica Cabrelli with...
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Picked by WAP on Monday, July 25
"Offering more than 100 inspired recipes, recipe developer and food stylist Jess Damuck shares her passion for making truly delicious salads. 'Salad Freak' encourages readers to discover and embrace their own salad obsessions. With the right recipes, you will want to eat salad for every meal and never get bored. By playfully combining color, texture, shape, and, of course, flavor, Damuck...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life changing decision to stop running forever. This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose and my strength, but also to finding my voice in a world that didn't always see me. As I...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"Kate Burkholder must uncover a family's long-hidden past to solve a brutal murder... When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones-and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case...
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history Kentucky, 1850. Jarrett, an enslaved groom, and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South....
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Picked by WPL on Monday, July 25
"When Stephanie Plum is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of footsteps in her apartment, she wishes she didn't keep her gun in the cookie jar in her kitchen. And when she finds out the intruder is fellow apprehension agent Diesel, six feet of hard muscle and bad attitude who she hasn't seen in more than two years, she still thinks the gun might come in handy. Turns out Diesel and...