Niles West News

Hugo is Brilliant

By Galina Velgach

December 9, 2011

If you like movies, magic, or the art of tinkering, then Martin Scorcese's new family adventure "Hugo" is perfect for you. It's the best movie to see alone, with friends, or with your family. Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) is a little boy living insid...

The Pact Proves to be a True Love Story

By Colene Gibson

December 8, 2011

Emily Gold and Chris Harte have grown up together from the day Emily was born.  Three-month-old Chris was literally put in Emily's hospital crib right after she was born as their parents conversed.  Without realizing it, bab...

Praise for The Help: The Movie

By Galina Velgach

December 6, 2011

The 60s: a time of love, freedom, and peace. Unless, of course, you’re black and in Mississippi. Tate Talyor’s, The Help, is a surprisingly great movie to watch. A wannabe writer and newbie journalist, Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone), is a bit of a tomboy: she hates wearing dresses, doing her hair, and...

Praise for The Help: A Novel

By Maridsa Choute

December 6, 2011

It doesn’t matter if you’re a girl or a guy, black or white, tall or short, movie fan or book fan, or anything in between, The Help is something that should be on your must-read list. The Help is about African-American maids that work for white women in Mississippi in 1962. The story is told...

‘Virtuosity’ Sings

By Maridsa Choute

December 2, 2011

If you thought classical music was're probably right. But don't let that get in the way of reading "Virtuosity"--a novel about love, real life, and classic mommy issues. "Virtuosity" is about a 17-year-old girl named Carmen Bianchi w...

Anonymous Makes a Name for Itself

By Galina Velgach

November 28, 2011

Did William Shakespeare really write “Romeo and Juliet," “Hamlet," or “Julius Caesar”? Yes, yes he did, but apparently director Roland Emmerich has a strong suspicion otherwise. His historical/political thriller, “Anonymous...

Activate Fan Girl Mode: Breaking Dawn is Here!

By Maridsa Choute

November 22, 2011

After a whole year of anticipation, the "Twilight Saga" continues with "Breaking Dawn: Part One." The previous movie, "Eclipse," leaves off with Bella, played by Kristen Stewart and Edward, played by Robert Pattinson getting ...

Get Trapped in Emma Donoghue’s Room

By Alyssa Guzman

November 10, 2011

Emma Donoghue may not be one of those well known authors among teens like Nicholas Sparks or Suzanne Collins, but after reading her novel "Room," there's no denying that she's earned her place among all the big names in literature. Dono...

“Xanadu” Shines

By Mara Shapiro

November 9, 2011

[singlepic id=2787 w=320 h=240 float=left]Guys in dresses and short-shorts, girls with ridiculously poofy hair, lots of singing, and roller skates? This is how Niles West Theatre's production of "Xanadu" appeared to the packed...

Once Upon a Time Succeeds

By Maridsa Choute

November 8, 2011

After much anticipation, ABC's "Once Upon a Time," premiered with success. The series starts with the wedding of Snow White (played by Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (played by Josh Dallas). They think that they are going to get their happy ending, but the party is crashed by the Evil Queen who...

Footloose Pales in Comparison

By Gabrielle Abesamis

November 8, 2011

Unless you are against remakes of 20th century movies or haven’t seen the original production of "Footloose," you may just enjoy the 2011 version. Viewers in the theatre had so many mixed reactions. Though some were entertained and singing along, part of the audience was clearly annoyed and b...

Ides of March is Gripping

By Galina Velgach

November 4, 2011

You’d expect a movie about politics to be dry and boring and uninteresting, right? Well this year’s "Ides of March" might be able to change your mind. The story takes place over the course of a week, leading up to March 15 (Ides of March) in the Ohio primary election. Governor Mike Morris (George Cloone...