Movies

Revisiting the Classics: ‘Rocky IV’ provides plenty of revenge, patriotism
‘Rocky IV’-starring Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Talia Shire 9 out of 10 By Josh Spano ’18 THE ROUNDUP By placing the underdog American versus the powerhouse Russian in the boxing ring, Rocky IV cultivates its audience even through many mundane scenes in the movie. One of the best movies of the Rocky series, Rocky IV provides viewers with a great story of revenge and patriotism. With the surging Ivan Drago…
‘Birth of a Nation’ showcases excellent cinematography, acting
‘Birth of a Nation’ – Starring: Nate Parker and Gabrielle Union 9 out of 10 By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP “Birth of a Nation” is an American period drama that details the life of Nat Turner, an enslaved man who led a rebellion in 1831 in Southampton County, Va. The film is directed, co-written and co-produced by Nate Parker. Parker also stars in the movie as Nat Turner. Armie…
‘The Magnificent Seven’ lacks in plot, character development
‘The Magnificent Seven’ – Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt 6.5 out of 10 Hayden Welty ’19 & Collin McShane ’19 THE ROUNDUP Following the success of “The Revenant” and “Hateful Eight,” “The Magnificent Seven” supports the resurgence of the classic old western genre in modern movies. Evidence of this is “The Magnificent Seven” earning an impressive $35 million on its first weekend and surging in the weekend box office standings,…
‘The Accountant’ features outstanding fast-paced action, riveting story
‘The Accountant’ — starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick 9.5 out of 10 By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP “The Accountant” is a unique blend of both action and drama that culminates in a thoroughly enjoyable, fast-paced thriller with the kind of twists and turns you won’t see coming. The film follows Ben Affleck as Christian Wolff, a math mastermind and deadly assassin who is both blessed and cursed with…
Fees active in many parts of campus
By Collin McShane ’19 THE ROUNDUP In less than a 10 minute span, at least four different teachers approached Max Fees ’17 while he was sitting in the McCain Colonnade. In a friendly, comfortable tone they asked Fees about the football game he would play in that night, and then Student Council activities he would help run after the game. Fees is a busy guy. A starter on the football team’s defense, a Student Council…
‘Don’t Breathe’ provides chilling suspense despite plot flaws
“Don’t Breathe”- Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto 8 out of 10 By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP With its opening shot of a blind man dragging a young woman through a silent neighborhood, “Don’t Breathe” sets you up for a dreadful thrill ride. The premise is simple, yet brilliant. Three young teens, Rocky (Levy), her boyfriend Money (Zovatto) and her friend Alex (Minnette) are a merry band…
Revisiting the Classics: ‘Memento’ is a masterpiece, showcases Nolan’s first successes
‘Memento’ — starring Guy Pierce, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Joe Pantiliano 9 out of 10 By Graham Armknecht ’18 THE ROUNDUP Sometimes it helps to start with the end of a movie and work your way back for a story to make sense. Such is the case with “Memento” (2001), a fantastic movie that’s hiding in plain sight. The movie starts out with Leonard Shelby (Guy Pierce) shooting and killing the man…
‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ presents excellent animation, story
‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ — starring Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey 9 out of 10 By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP “If you look away, even for an instant, then our hero will surely perish.” That is how I felt as I watched “Kubo and the Two Strings,” the latest in a string of movies made by the Oregon-based stop-motion animation studio Laika. “Kubo and the Two Strings” follows…
‘Suicide Squad’ draws mixed reviews from students
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service ‘Suicide Squad’ provides solid addition to DC Extended Universe ‘Suicide Squad’ – Starring: Will Smith and Jared Leto 7 out of 10 By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP Nearly a decade ago, the comic book provider Marvel expanded its product line into the movie industry, pioneering the idea of a “movie universe” where each separate movie takes place in the same universe, allowing a…
Students, teachers say binge watching comes from boredom, necessity
Photo by Cory Wyman ’16 – Binge-watching has become an increasingly common pastime of both students and teachers. By Graham Armknecht ‘18 THE ROUNDUP Today, TV and movie streaming sites dominate web usage as more and more students are starting to binge watch new shows that have just come out, and old favorites. According to The Wrap, a website that reports on entertainment news and statistics, 70 percent of Internet…