Tagged: Cinemania

"Monkey Kingdom: A Documentary For the Whole Family"

Few movies can captivate children and environmentalists at the same time, but Monkey Kingdom is one of the rare exceptions. It remains a truthful documentary about nature but tells a “Cinderella story.”

The documentary follows the story of a toque macaque, a monkey named Maya, and | more »


"Persepolis: A Mature Subject Captured in Animation"

When you go to the movies to see an animated film, you may think the subject might be a princess or superheroes for kids. But Persepolis, an animated film, captures much more serious topics like war and self-discovery. Persepolis follows a young girl named Marjane Satrapi, and | more »


Cinemania Student Critic Review - Persepolis

Persepolis is a movie adapted from a graphic novel-autobiography of the same name. This review is coming from the perspective of someone who is unfamiliar with the source material, so I cannot speak about how it compares to its literary counterpart. However, I can say for certain | more »


Cinemania Student Critic Review - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a movie that I would watch over and over again because of how vibrant the colors and the characters are and that really brings this story to life.

One thing that I really love about this movie is that they actually brought back the original cast | more »


Cinemania Student Critic Review - Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Lucasfilm granted us a legendary film by the name ofStar Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.

The movie follows Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo fighting for the Rebellion against the Imperials. Luke is determined to follow in his | more »


Fun and Rigorous

What a week! Today marks the final day of our Summer Teachers Institute, and it's been a fantastic time from start-to-finish. To tell the whole story of our professional development experience, it's worth beginning at the end. This afternoon we wrapped the Summer Teachers | more »


Student Film Review: The 400 Blows

Michael Tu is a current student in our Spring 2015 Cinemania course for 7 & 8 grade students. Here is a review he wrote for The 400 Blows, which screened as part of the course this semester:

The French film, "The 400 Blows" should have REALLY kept its 'rough' translated name | more »


Oh, Grow Up!

Growing up is a universally difficult process; but one of the best remedies for combating the awkward period of adolescence is peeking inside someone else’s experience. What better way to do that than through film? That’s exactly what our Cinemania program for seventh and eighth | more »