Movies

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…
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ exceeds fan expectations, leaves excitement for new films
Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service – Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” ‘Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens’—starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Domhnall Gleeson 10 out of 10 By Jack McAuslan ’16 & Sam Romero ’17 THE ROUNDUP Be warned, this review contains massive spoilers for ‘Star Wars VII,’ but to those who have not…
‘Fantastic Four’ blunders with plot pacing, poor adaptation
‘Fantastic Four’ starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan 2 out of 10 By Chase L. Manson ’16 THE ROUNDUP In 2005 Fox Studios thought it would be best to continue adapting their comic book franchise to the big screen due the success of “X-men.” This lead to an adaptation of the “Fantastic Four,” released to poor reviews. Flash forward 10 years later and Fox has…
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stuns audience, has flawed pacing
Revisiting the Classics ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ Starring—Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Katharine Ross 9 out of 10 By Sam Romero ’17 THE ROUNDUP The classic western movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” directed by George Roy Hill, tells the true story of Butch Cassidy’s hole-in-the-wall gang and their adventures. It starts off with Cassidy returning to his gang after being away for a long time. Logan,…
‘Chappie’ provides interesting story, concludes with too far-fetched ending
“Chappie” — starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman 7 out of 10 By Jack McAuslan ’16 THE ROUNDUP Director Neill Blomkamp has been known mostly for utilizing unbelievably realistic CGI effects and for movies that call into question some modern day social issues. “District 9” showed what issues many countries around the world face when it comes to racism and becoming part of a new society, but it…
‘American Sniper’ raises questions about hero definition
Photo Courtesy of MCT Campus – Chris Kyle, a retired Navy SEAL and bestselling author of the book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History”, poses for a photo in this April 6, 2012, file photo. Kyle was one of two people reported killed on the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge near Glen Rose, Texas, Saturday, February 2 2013. Commentary by Anthony Cardellini…
‘Birdemic’ inspires with terrible acting, screenwriting, editing
“Birdemic: Shock and Terror”—starring Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore 2 out of 10 By Cameron M. Bray ’16 & Chase L. Manson ’16 THE ROUNDUP “Birdemic: Shock and Terror” is one of those beautiful paradoxes you find in life. Objectively, it stands as one of the worst films ever created. But subjectively, it is one of the most enjoyable films you will ever watch. It falls into that fun category by…
The Hobbit Trilogy Boasts Epic Ending
‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Starring- Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Ian McKellen. 8 out of 10 By Sam Romero ’17 THE ROUNDUP Peter Jackson’s retelling of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit,” a book about Bilbo Baggins accompanying 13 dwarves and a wizard on an epic journey, had viewers mesmerized. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” hit theaters with a boom Dec. 17 starring Martin…
“Mockingjay: Part 1” sets up for solid finale
By Anthony Cardellini ’17 THE ROUNDUP “Mockingjay: Part 1”- starring Jennifer Lawerence, Josh Hutercson, and Liam Hemsworth 6 out of 10 Much of the criticism I heard about “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” going into the theater was that it didn’t need two movies. People, especially book fans, regarded this as a marketing tactic, based off multiple installments in “Harry Potter” and “The Hobbit.” But if you look at…
‘Interstellar’ creates mind-blowing movie experience
By Jack McAuslan ’16 THE ROUNDUP “Interstellar”–starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine 9 out of 10 It seems like every movie Christopher Nolan comes out with is a masterpiece for one reason or the other. The “Dark Knight” trilogy and “Inception” were incredible. It’s no surprise then that his new film “Interstellar” blew my mind and kept me thinking about it for the next few days.…