A Man and His Movies

‘Red Dawn’ proves great remake of good 1980’s film
By Andrew Marini ’13 THE ROUNDUP “Red Dawn” – Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Josh Hutcherson 7 out 10 When I saw that Chris Hemsworth was going to be starring in a remake of the 1984 film “Red Dawn” that helped propel Patrick Swayze into his stardom, needless to say I was excited. The original “Red Dawn” circulated around a group of Midwest born teenagers who take up arms…
‘Lincoln’ delivers dramatic, poignant impact
By Aakash Jain ‘14 THE ROUNDUP “Lincoln” — Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones 9 out of 10 Directed and produced by famed storyteller Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln” takes viewers back to a time when there were only 34 U.S. states, the average American could not afford to paint his house and civil war convulsed the nation. Partly based on “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,”…
‘Cloud Atlas’ embodies new movie techniques
By Jonathan M. Gornet ’14 THE ROUNDUP “Cloud Atlas” starring Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Barry, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae and Jim Broadbent 9 out of 10 A fascinating feat of its own, “Cloud Atlas” accomplished the task of combining six different stories each unique to its own. It definitely went above and beyond standard movie plots. The movie conveyed a relatively new concept of multiple dimensions, especially in the…
Affleck’s biopic ‘Argo’ conveys award worthy story
By Andrew Marini ’13 THE ROUNDUP “Argo” – Starring Ben Affleck, John Goodman and Brian Cranston 9 out of 10 Ben Affleck continues to impress as a director as well as the lead role in the film “Argo,” which revolves around the Iran hostage crisis. The film follows the six members of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran who escape captivity and are hiding out in the Canadian Ambassador’s house.…
‘Taken 2’ wins over viewers with thrilling action scenes
By Jonathan M. Gornet ’14 THE ROUNDUP “Taken 2” starring Liam Neeson 8 out of 10 When I first decided to watch “Taken 2,” I did not know what to expect. I thought it would be a movie about the same girl getting kidnapped, and the whole storyline starts over just like the first “Taken.” After watching through the film, I thought it was a success.  Instead of following the…
’Rock of Ages‘ more rote than rock

By Julian De Ocampo ’13
THE ROUNDUP

“Rock of Ages” – Starring: Tom Cruise, Julianne Hugh, Diego Boneta
2 out of 10

Rock is dead – and good riddance.

Not all rock mind you – just the hyper-masculine hair-metal that serves as the subject matter of Adam Shankman’s “Rock of Ages,” a film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name.

‘Men in Black 3’ worth the 10 year wait
By P. Erik Meyer THE ROUNDUP “Men in Black 3” debuted May 25 and is a clear improvement over the second film released in 2002. Although it seemed to diehard MiB fans that the film was taking forever to make, the 10 year wait was worth it. The film is set in two different periods, present day and the late 1960s. Although there are still the main characters of the…
‘21 Jump Street’ brings hilarity to old TV concept
By Andrew Marini ’13 THE ROUNDUP “21 Jump Street” starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill 8 out of 10 Never really seeing the television show from the ’80s, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first entered the theatre to see “21 Jump Street.” The film opens to a flashback of Schmidt (Jonah Hill) when he makes a failed attempt to ask a girl to prom. Because of this…
‘Chronicle’ depicts what superpowers could do to teens
By Jonathan M. Gornet ’14 THE ROUNDUP “Chronicle” 5 out of 10 “Chronicle” was an okay movie showing a new perspective on superpowers. The movie starts off with Andrew Detmer, a loner who always recorded every situation he went through in an expensive camera. This becomes the point of view in the movie. The basic life of Andrew was very tough, where he went through bullying and abuse from his…
Neeson shines in gloomy adventure-drama
By Ian Christopher Beck ’12 THE ROUNDUP “The Grey” – Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney 8 out of 10 The Alaskan wilderness is a snowy, bleak scene to say the least. Therefore, it takes a lot of imagination to craft a compelling storyline out of it, but writer/director Joe Carnahan, (“The A-Team”) pulls a rabbit out of his hat with “The Grey.” “The Grey” is a conglomeration of  Jack London,…