Cristina Chillem | A&E editor
The Lucky One
Nicholas Sparks fans, this one is for you. Zac Efron fans, this one is for you, too. Adapted from his novel of the same name comes this dramatic romance that definitely has the potential to make us tingle and “aw.” Efron stars as a soldier whose passion for photography leads him into luck and love, but securing what you want is never that easy. This story is intense and steamy, so I plan to live vicariously through Taylor Schilling this weekend since my boyfriend is in Afghanistan.
To the Arctic
This IMAX documentary follows a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs through their vast Arctic home. The footage of the family is intimate, and the footage of the landscape is captivating. Best of all, the film is narrated by Meryl Streep. Is this something you can see on the history channel lying on the couch in your pajamas? Keep in mind, the Arctic ice is melting. This film promises to be an adventure and breathtaking glimpse into a world very few people get to see.
Good-bye First Love
“This is how you portray adolescence on screen,” raves Time Out New York. However, if you are looking for a sensationalized romance, see The Lucky One instead. This story line covers the time span of a girl from fifteen to womanhood. Her first love leaves her, she matures and finds another, then the first love returns. This one seems like it might drag. Compared to the playful and steamy Nicolas Sparks adaptation, Good-bye First Love feels like its wearing a corset and a petticoat.
This film features never before seen footage of Bob Marley on and off stage. We hear him talk about his ideas, opinions, beliefs- his life. The documentary brings you Marley the musician, revolutionary, legend, but also, the person. It was made with the support of the Marley family and includes many interviews and insights from them and the people who knew Marley best. Footage of the streets of the tropic island of Jamaica will bring to you the world of Marley as much as the towering figure himself.