‘Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’ – 5 out of 5 stars

Posted to Arts & Entertainment by Megan Suddarth at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 14, 2011

Haters beware – Justin Bieber has taken entertainment to the next level. With explosions and neon lights to purple sneakers and screaming teen girls, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” is a 3D look into the life of the talented Justin Bieber. It proves to be an uplifting story of triumph and exhilaration.

“Never Say Never” is filled with cherished moments from Bieber’s childhood that provide the audience with a peek into his life prior to spreading “Bieber fever”. These genuine clips add to the background of who Justin Bieber was at a younger age.

The movie, filmed like a documentary, never slows down. It follows Justin on his tour bus, details his life before becoming a16-year-old sensation that immediately sends girls into shock and features his famous voice during vocal practice. Using the perspective of his loved ones, the movie shows Bieber’s true character. Interviews with his mother, grandparents, manager, vocal coach and others make the movie more believable and relatable to the audience.

“Never Say Never 3D” shows Justin’s haters just how much passion and work he’s put into his already spectacular career. No matter who you are, seeing a young kid work so hard to accomplish his dreams and turn them into reality will be a moving experience.

Whether you have “Bieber fever” or you’re as far away from the pop spectrum as possible, this movie definitely shows you the reality of what being Justin Bieber is like. And who knows, maybe even that macho football player who claims to be Bieber’s biggest hater could all of a sudden have a severe, incurable case of “Bieber fever”.

‘Paranormal Activity 2’ – 5 out of 5 stars

Posted to Arts & Entertainment by Megan Suddarth at 12:00 a.m., Oct. 26, 2010

While listening to the thundering stomp of footsteps that climb up the stairs of a well-off suburban home, you can’t help but close your eyes and wait for the nightmare to be over. With clenched fists and half-open eyes, the scene before you unfolds. The demon is back in “Paranormal Activity 2.”

With the same creepy effects and startling sequences, the movie catches the attention of the audience from the beginning. With an opening in the home of the sister of the protagonist from the first movie, Katie, we realize that “Paranormal Activity 2” is actually a prequel to the first and none of the incidences that occurred before have happened yet.

The plot has a more unexpected twist than the first. Now we get to see exactly why the horrible events from the first movie occurred.

Even with the low-budget special effects, viewers are still shaking in their seats, trying to anticipate what will happen next. Although the effects mimic those of the first, they don’t bore because they’ve been played up more than before. There’s still the same “body being pulled out of the room” trick. However, this time it happens twice, providing the audience with a shock of surprise.

Overall, this movie surpasses the first by far. With even more jolting sequences, it provides for many more opportunities to jump and scream and hold onto the person next to you — especially in the last fifteen minutes.