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  • Clap when you land by Acevedo, Elizabeth,
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo is a YA novel-in-verse showing two perspectives of teenage girls whose lives will be forever changed. Camino Rios lives in Dominican Republic and always looks forward to the summers where her dad visits her from New York in the Dominican Republic. While waiting for the plane to arrive, Camino finds out the plane crashed and there are no survivors. Yahaira Rios, lives in New York and said goodbye to her father as he was going to the Dominican Republic, but she finds out her father’s plane has crashed. This novel focuses on grief, secrets, and love between a father and daughter.

     

    This was a beautiful novel and my favorite one written by Acevedo. There are so many things this novel shows, like class and sexual harassment. It’s a novel that shows something positive can come out of something terrible. Camino and Yahaira don’t know that their lives are linked together. They don’t know how much they need each other until they meet. The writing was so beautiful and Acevedo played with words in so many ways. Your heart will be broken, but the relationship these girls get to have will patch it up. Sometimes you may feel like you’re drowning or you have no move on the chess board, but you will be able to pull yourself up and move to the next space.

     

    I recommend this novel to teens 13+ as it really focuses on important themes of family and just being a teenage girl. If you haven’t already, read more of Acevedo’s books as her writing and poetry is so beautiful that you’ll crave more of it. I’ll be thinking about this novel for a long time and thanks to this book, no matter what struggles come my way, I’ll be able to land on my feet.

    Reviewed by Lauren G on Nov 23, 2020

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  • Colombiana
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Violent. Action-packed. Drugs. Suspenseful. Romance. 

    This fast moving movie has violence from start to finish.  After a young girl's parents was killed in front of her ..she was determined to avenge their death.  Her mission to get revenge also brought about pain that she would have to forever live with.  Zoe Saldana performance was gripping, but, classy.  If you like non-stop violence and lots of action...this film is for you.

     

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Nov 23, 2020

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  • Once upon a time... in Hollywood
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    Once Upon A Hollywood, directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt, is a comedy-drama about Rick Dalton, a star of the 1950's western Bounty Law. Now in 1969, Dalton feels like his career is going downhill. His stunt double and friend, Cliff Booth, drives Dalton around as his license was suspended from a lot of DUI's. This movie focuses on Hollywood in the 60's, hippies in the 60's, and shows the Manson Family, a cult leaded by Charles Manson where he makes people kill others.

    This movie was long and weird. I went into this movie knowing it was a Quentin Tarantino movie, so it had to be strange,, but I was still surprised  at certain scenes. At times, I was confused, but I did like exploring Hollywood as it was in the 60's. There is even a subplot with real life actress Shannon Tate and her husband, director Roman Polanski, and that plot confused me a lot as I'm not sure how it related and fit in to the overall story of Dalton and Booth. I will say that DiCaprio and Pitt both did a great job in this, but for me personally, I just don't think this kind of movie was my cup of tea. It's one of those movies you either will like or won't.

    Reviewed by Lauren G on Nov 23, 2020

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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch stole Christmas
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Always liked watching the cartoon version of this every holiday season. I really enjoyed the movie version. Still gives me a warm feeling inside as to what Christmas is all about. Will  never get old . I will always enjoy watching this.

    Reviewed by Donna P on Nov 23, 2020

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  • The Toy
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Comedy. Heart-warming. Companionship. Family. Greed.

    This movie implies that if given the right amount of money... anything and anyone can be bought. Hopefully we all know that to not be true.

    Unemployed journalist Jack Brown (Richard Pryor) is attempting to make ends meet as the night janitor in a department store owned by a millionaire U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason).  Bates' son, Eric, is told he can choose one item in the toy department.  He chooses Jack.

    This movie is funny. Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason are hilarious together. This should be watched by anyone who think that having money and power can solve any problems.

     

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Nov 20, 2020

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  • Gremlins
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Funny Memorable Characters. Family Movie. Christmas. A Little Creepy.

    How hard could it be to follow three simple rules: “No Bright Light”, “Don’t Get Them Wet” and “Don’t Feed Them After Midnight”.   

    Well, all of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

    Very funny movie. I recommend the family watch this film together (it may frighten younger children a bit). 

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Nov 20, 2020

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