Yameen Huq

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Hugo as intricate as clockwork

Martin Scorsese is not the kind of director one would expect to make a family movie. The director of horror-thrillers like Shutter Island and mob dramas such as Goodfellas, his portfolio mostly consists of gritty yet great R-rated affairs. Nevertheless, he breaks new ground this year, creating an ethereal wonderland that blends the Industrial Revolution with a hint of magic in his latest directorial effort, Hugo.

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Dead balances gore, realism

The television series The Walking Dead premiered its second season in all its nightmarish, blood-soaked glory this past Sunday, Oct. 16. Maintaining the same form as its inaugural season, the premier episode delivered tense horror in conjunction with well-developed characters and an engaging storyline.

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Diaries drips with blood, hormones

Rarely has a soap opera had so much blood. The third season of The Vampire Diaries kicked off on Thursday, Sept. 15 on The CW. A fairly standard teen drama with the occasional dabble in grotesque violence, the show is more or less what’s on the label. However, the season opening, at least, comes packaged with an amusing B-movie gimmick: vampire-wolf hybrids.

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Conspirator induces boredom

History lessons generally engage a small part of the population. The grand narratives, political relevance and window into old traditions that engage the typical history-buff are often lost on the layman. Robert Redford’s historical drama The Conspiracy will both engage the thoughts and attention of one type of viewer, but bore and drone on to the other.