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Orphan Black. Season 1 (2013)

orphanblackSarah Manning has been running away from her life for some time, but wants to return home to see her daughter. While waiting at the train station, Sarah runs into a woman who looks exactly like her, who then commits suicide by stepping in front of a train. In an attempt to clear out the woman’s bank account, Sarah steals her identity, only to discover Beth Childs wasn’t the only one with the same face. Soon Sarah finds herself caught up in a scientific mystery, which exposes her own past and brings her face to face with her “genetic identicals” and the ways in which their upbringing influenced their personalities.

In addition to Sarah and Beth, the clones include an uptight soccer mom named Allison, a geeky grad student named Cosima, and a crazed zealot named Helena—all of whom are played by the enormously talented Tatiana Maslany. Maslany’s acting skills alone are reason to watch this show, as you’ll quickly forget there’s only one actress on screen in most scenes.

Orphan Black is a sci-fi drama full of danger and intrigue, with phenomenal acting, writing, and memorable characters. Season 2 was recently released and quickly raises the stakes while introducing new twists and clones–making the wait for season 3 (airing on BBC America in April) all the longer!

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2014) PG-13

anchorman2The legend of Ron Burgundy continues in this hilarious sequel as Ron is fired from his anchor position at the local network and offered the graveyard shift on the world’s first 24-hour news network. Burgundy revolutionizes television news in his new job, but perhaps at the cost of his family, friendships, and journalistic integrity. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate all reprise their roles and are joined by a large cast of comedic cameos, including Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Greg Kinnear, Kanye West, Drake, Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and many, many more.

Anchorman 2 is full of laugh-out loud jokes and callbacks to its predecessor and is worth the watch just to see how many actors you can recognize.

Direct Hits by The Killers (2013)

killers_directhitsCreated to celebrate the band’s ten-year anniversary, Direct Hits is a must-listen for fans of The Killers. It consists of ten of the band’s top hits, including “Mr. Brightside,” “Somebody Told Me,” “All These Things that I Have Done,” and “Human,” alongside five new songs. The new songs are instant favorites and reminiscent of the music the band is known for, with memorable lyrics that will resonate and stay with listeners.

To further celebrate the tenth anniversary theme, the release of the second new single, “Just Another Girl,” (my new personal favorite song) coincided with its music video, which features lead singer Brandon Flowers and singer/actress Dianna Agron (Glee) recreating scenes from the band’s past music videos.

Horatio Hornblower: The Complete Adventures (1998)

Based on the book series of the same name by C.S. Forester, this period drama miniseries follows young naval officer Horatio Hornblower (played by Ioan Gruffudd) from midshipman to third lieutenant. Unlike most men in his service, Hornblower takes big risks and uses his wits to stop the enemy at every turn. Set during the Napoleonic Wars between England and France, this naval drama includes much of history and more of life at sea and at war. Horatio Hornblower: The Complete Adventures includes six different adventures which include many battles, storms, and challenges to overcome.

The cast is made up of a variety of characters in many positions across the ship, from the stern, yet fatherly Captain Pellew (Robert Lindsay) to the affable Archie Kennedy (Jamie Bamber) to the comedic relief seaman Styles (Sean Gilder). At the end of the collection, the officers and crew will feel like close friends and the viewer will not want to leave the ship (though a 2-part further adventures movie does exist, and it’s very good!). Well-acted and directed, this collection is an entertaining adventure series for fans of naval dramas and 19th century period pieces.

Now You See Me (2013) PG-13

When a team of illusionists, calling themselves The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco), begin pulling off a series of elaborate heists, FBI agent Dylan Rhoades (Mark Ruffalo) teams up with Interpol agent Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) to crack the case before their next hit.

The visual aspects of the illusions and the adventure scenes are fantastic and the all-star cast (also featuring Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine) of Now You See Me creates a thrilling suspense film that combines detective mysteries with magic and daring escapades.

Much Ado about Nothing (2013) PG-13

Much Ado About NothingThis new film is a fresh take on Shakespeare’s comedy of the same title. Much Ado about Nothing is directed by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Whedon fans will recognize many familiar faces, as all of the actors have worked with Whedon in previous projects. In fact, it was made at Whedon’s house in the downtime during filming The Avengers!

The film uses the original Shakespeare text, but in a modern setting. It’s the actor’s interpretations and physical humor that will have the audience laughing, especially Benedick’s (Alexis Denisof) background antics. This is a beautiful, well-made film that is good for both romance and comedy.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) PG-13

Snow White and the HuntsmanSnow White and the Huntsman is a new take on an old tale. After the wicked witch Ravenna (Charlize Theron) marries and then murders her father (the king), Snow White (Kristen Stewart) must escape the only home she’s ever known to try and find the remnants of her father’s supporters in order to win back the throne. Ravenna sends a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track Snow down in the haunted forest as war looms on the horizon.

This movie had great action scenes and both Theron and Stewart gave excellent performances. Snow White and the Huntsman is an updated, action-filled version of the classic Disney movie which focuses less on romance and more on magic and war.