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‘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…
‘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…
‘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…
‘Killzone Shadow Fall’ proves to be bold, brilliant successor
By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP  8.5 out of 10. Make no mistake when I say I was genuinely and pleasantly surprised by “Killzone Shadow Fall.” It was just like finding a $5 bill on the sidewalk—completely unexpected, but pleasant nonetheless. Developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, “Killzone Shadow Fall” is a first-person shooter for the PlayStation 4. It recounts the events following the previous…
Infamous Second Son showcases next gen visuals
By Austin Norville ’15 THE ROUNDUP 8.5 out of 10 “Infamous Second Son” for the Playstation 4 is the first game to fully utilize the visual capabilities of the next gen consoles. The game starts up with a photo realistic view of Seattle and from there cut scenes and gameplay look the same. It is truly amazing to look at the future of graphics. But graphics do not make the…
‘Noah’ provides adapted Bible story, epic entertainment
“Noah” –Starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Anthony Hopkins 9 out of 10 By Jack McAuslan ’16 THE ROUNDUP Noah was tasked with building an ark to save creation and everything that was good. Everything wicked would be washed off of this Earth, cleansed by a great flood. We already know this much about the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark. There have not…
‘Non-Stop’ offers thrilling, bumpy ride with strong plot, weak characters
“Non-Stop”—Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery 7 out of 10 By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP  Due to Hollywood’s recent obsession with bland, homogenized action movies, good old-fashioned mystery films have become rarer than diamonds. Unlike most of its contemporaries, “Non-Stop” first piqued my interest with its intriguing trailer, which promised a unique blend of action and mystery. “Non-Stop” heavily reminisces the works of Agatha Christie, fashioning…
Don’t let ‘Thief’ steal money from your pocket
By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP  6.5 out of 10 In a dark, Victorian, steampunk city, a plague runs rampant through the streets. The rich prosper in peaceful isolation, free from infection, while the poor struggle suffer the yoke of oppressive guardsmen and a tyrant. Enter “Dishonored” by Arcane Studios. I mean, “Thief” developed by Eidos Montreal, published by Square Enix—a first-person stealth game for the PC, PlayStation 3,…
‘To Live and Die in L.A.’ captivates with cheesy 80’s cinema
Revisiting the Classics “To Live and Die in L.A.”- Starring; William Petersen, Willem Dafoe and John Pankow 7 out of 10 By Hayden Prescott Corwin ’15 THE ROUNDUP The 1985 action-thriller movie “To Live and Die in L.A.,” based off the novel by Gerald Petievich, was directed by William Friedkin and starred William Petersen. The movie opens with soundtrack music by Wang Chung, and a shot of a U.S. Secret…
’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…