Movie Review

R-rated comic based movies take theaters by storm
Graphic by MPAA, used with permission – A breakdown of each film rating and what they mean. By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP After the recent release of Fox’s “Deadpool,” R-rated films have begun to increase in popularity, especially in comic book films. “Deadpool” was met with critical acclaim for its dedication to the Deadpool character in portraying him as a violent, potty-mouthed, sexualized antihero. Now, other comic book films…
‘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…
‘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…
“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.…
‘Dracula Untold’ serves plot not worth telling
By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP “Dracula Untold”—Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper and Charles Dance 6 out of 10 Perhaps the most bizarre and unworkable aspect of “Dracula Untold” is its premise. The film tries to serve as an origin story for Bram Stoker’s iconic character Count Dracula by showing Vlad the Impaler’s (on whom Stoker based Dracula) transformation into Dracula the vampire. Hearing this, my initial reaction…
‘Maze Runner’ exceeds expectations with quality cinematic elements
“Maze Runner” -Starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Blake Cooper 7.5 out of 10 By Gabe Morrison ’17 THE ROUNDUP After walking into “The Maze Runner” with low expectations, its fast paced action, suspense, quality soundtrack and sufficient acting left me pleasantly surprised. The film is a mostly faithful adaptation of James Dashner’s book with the same title, but there are slight differences. The plot follows Thomas…
‘Days of Future Past’ brings dark tone, amends franchise problems
X-Men: Days of Future Past- staring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michael Fastbender 9 out of 10 By Chase L. Manson ’16 THE ROUNDUP In the early 2000s the first X-Men films showed that comic book movies could be cool. Then they messed it up with the third film “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Hoping to amend the problem Fox created “First Class,” A movie that was somewhat of…
‘Captain America’ succeeds with riveting plot
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” – Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson 9 out of 10 By Christian Guerithault ’14 THE ROUNDUP Usually movie sequels fail to be as good as the original; this was not the case for “Captain America.” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was much better than the first “Captain America” film, which happens to be one of my favorite Marvel movies. The new…