Movies

‘Beauty and the Beast’ revamps the old classic, fixes leaps of logic
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service ‘Beauty and the Beast’ — starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens 8 out of 10 By Graham Armknecht ’18 THE ROUNDUP “Beauty and the Beast” is a remake of a classic Disney cartoon of the same name, and it carries that name well. The film holds much of the same magic as the original, but tweeks small things that work with massive effect.…
‘Kong: Skull Island’ contributes solid, fun addition to King Kong mythology
Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson in “Kong: Skull Island”.  “Kong: Skull Island” is the newest of many movies based off of the original and iconic “King Kong” movie. ‘Kong: Skull Island’ –Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and Samuel L. Jackson 7.5 out of 10 By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP “Kong: Skull Island” is a fast-paced action thriller detailing the story of a group of researchers, adventurers and soldiers who venture…
‘Logan’ slashes way to being action movie hallmark
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service | Logan is based on the Marvel character Wolverine and displays his attempt to protect a young girl with mutant powers. ‘Logan’ — starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen 10 out of 10 By Sam Romero ’17 & Graham Armknecht ’18 THE ROUNDUP Be warned, this review contains massive spoilers for “Logan,” but to those who have not seen the movie yet, it…
‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ packs decent story into a gun slinging thrill ride
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service | John Wick: Chapter 2 was a great movie that was action packed and very stylish. Starring Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio 8 out of 10 By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP “John Wick: Chapter 2” does an amazing job by listening to the fans from the first film in order to create a much stronger action flick this time around. While the action and…
Arrival proves to be captivating film, leaves audience with questions
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service | The Arrival brings a new approach to an alien encounter. ‘Arrival’ — starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker 8.5 out of 10 By Kaleb Lucero ’18 THE ROUNDUP “Arrival” is first and foremost a thoughtful and contemplative film, using its immersive and human atmosphere to create a quiet, inward facing suspense that grips the audience. The movie is about humanity’s response…
‘Assassin’s Creed’ provides action but subpar plot
‘Assassin’s Creed’ starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons 6 out of 10 By Josh Spano ‘18 THE ROUNDUP While providing much action and an interesting story, “Assassin’s Creed” fails to cultivate an audience who is unfamiliar with the video game series. Deriving from a video game series, “Assassin’s Creed” fails to do what the video game did so well: living your ancestors’ memories. By getting into the machine called…
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ adds clarification to franchise
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service | “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” adds clarification to some of the older movies from the saga, but offers a different plot line. ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ — starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn 9 out of 10 By Sam Romero ’17 THE ROUNDUP A new chapter in the Star Wars franchise is opened with their first ever…
‘Dark Knight Rises’ fails to continue Batman legacy, struggles with character gaps
‘Dark Knight Rises’–starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine 6 out of 10 By Chris Agnone ’18 THE ROUNDUP “The Dark Knight Rises” attempted to continue the Batman legacy in 2012, but failed to fill character gaps as the plot progressed. Bruce Wayne has stopped his crime fighting career after the destruction of the Joker. Gotham has been slowly falling into chaos again as…
‘Fantastic Beasts’ catalogs solid entry into expanded wizarding world
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service | J.K. Rowling’s newest work adds context to the realm of Harry Potter ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ – Starring: Eddie Redmayne and Colin Ferrell 8 out of 10 By Hayden Welty ’19 & Collin McShane ’19 THE ROUNDUP “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” despite some minor character problems, manages to bring a refreshing look to the “Harry Potter” universe,…
Movie rating agencies unfairly sway box office sales
By Hayden Welty ‘19 THE ROUNDUP Over the summer of 2016, certain movie review aggregators like Rotten Tomatoes have been blamed for manipulating a movie’s reputation as good or bad to a point where that film ends up having poor opening weekends at the box office, ruining its financial viability. Movies like “Ghostbusters” have been plastered across all forms media and labeled as “rip-offs” or a waste of time. As…