Movies

‘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…
‘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…
Review: Top movies of 2015 show variety
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service – ”Inside Out.” By Tyler Conrad ’17 THE ROUNDUP Another year has come and gone, leaving behind its own music, television, championships and of course movies. 2015 was undoubtedly a memorable year in cinema across the board, with the return of blockbuster franchises such as “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Jurassic World”, but also providing quality smaller scale treats…
‘Divergent’ acquires unfair poor reviews
By Chase Bayless ’15 THE ROUNDUP “Divergent”─  starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller 7.5 out of 10 Next in the long line of recent book series turned major films, “Divergent,” modelled after author Veronica Roth’s book trilogy, provides viewers with an original and exhilarating adventure. It is set in post-apocalyptic Chicago, which is cut off from the rest of the world by a giant wall. No…
Robocop’ good throwback to original
Robocop-Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton 7 out of 10 Jack McAuslan ’16 THE ROUNDUP The new “Robocop” certainly brings back some of the magic of the original 1987 movie. The first thing you need to know about the knew one is that it’s rated PG-13, whereas the original was rated R. The second thing you need to know is that the plot is different. Detroit police officer Alex…