‘Mockingjay Part 2’ disappoints, weakest film in series
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service – ”The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.” Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Willow Shields 6 out of 10 By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP “Mockingjay Part 2” was supposed to be the strongest film in the “Hunger Games” series and the epic conclusion to a genre defining franchise, but it falls terribly short. The “Hunger…
‘Everest’ entrances with suspenseful, poignant storytelling
“Everest”—starring Jason Clarke, Michael Kelly, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes 9 out of 10 By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP “Everest” is chilling film. I mean to say that the film is often so suspenseful that it’s discomforting to watch, which strangely, is what I enjoyed about it. It has that same kind of wonderful edge to it that “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” had when Tom Cruise climbed the Burj…
‘Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation’ amazes viewers with intense action
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service – Rebecca Ferguson plays the role of Ilsa Faust in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” Starring Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin 9 out of 10 By Jack McAuslan ’16 THE ROUNDUP It seems as though the action-spy series “Mission Impossible” has been around since I was born, and the series is now on it’s fifth film, titled “Rogue Nation.”…
’47 Ronin’ boasts fast, intense action, poor pacing
“47 Ronin”—Starring Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada and Kou Shibasaki 7 out of 10 By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP Swords clash and battles rage as 47 ex-samurai, or “ronin”, fight to regain their honor in an exciting bit of action. Enter “47 Ronin” by Universal Studios. The story begins with Kai–the orphaned son of a British sailor and a Japanese farm girl–growing up alongside Mika, the daughter of Lord…
‘Spectacular Now’ strikes summertime, teenage chord
8 out of 10 By Hayden Prescott Corwin ’15 THE ROUNDUP Being a teenager can seem like the greatest, most inescapable and invincible era in a person’s life. “The Spectacular Now”, directed by James Ponsoldt and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, begins with the character Sutter Keely, played by Miles Teller, living in what he calls “the now.” Keely is the stereotypical “party man” high school senior…
‘Ted’ scores as comedy film to beat this year
By Andrew Marini ’13 THE ROUNDUP “Ted” – Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale 8.5 out of 10 “Ted” puts a new spin on comedy, and delivers with a film full of awkwardness and utter hilarity. The power of a wish seems to be more significant than ever when John Bennett (Wahlberg), a child with no friends, wishes for his teddy bear to come to life. To…
A Man and His Movies: ‘The Change-Up’ takes body switch genre to new level

By Jackson Santy ’13

“The Change-Up” – Starring: Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds

The comedic “switch-up” movie subgenre has been around for decades. Films such as “Big” and “Freaky Friday” have always attracted viewers across multiple generations.

However, this month’s release of “The Change-Up” takes the switch-up comedy to a whole new level of humor and vulgarity.

A Man and His Movies: ‘Priest’ offers potential, falls short

By Ian C. Beck ’12

Vampires have been a hot topic in Hollywood over the last few years, but not this kind of vampires.

“Priest,” directed by Scott Stewart, pits a group of warrior priests against a horde of slimy, Golem-esque vampires.

These priests had been used as a human killing machine in a war with the vampires that left both races near extinction.

‘Battle: LA’ takes aim at high thrills, engaging plot

By Brett Mejia ’13

2nd Lt. William Martinez (Ramón Rodríguez) and his platoon of Marines will travel to the location of the mysterious meteorites that crashed all over the world in the new movie “Battle: LA.”

Although “Battle: LA” was full of enough action and explosions to keep me entertained, it seemed too long because I could already guess the outcome.