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Movie Review: ‘Avengers’ sequel will satisfy Marvel enthusiasts

Kayla Hockman Staff Writer “Avengers: Age of Ultron” pairs action-packed scenes with witty remarks from the world’s mightiest super heroes, making it a tremendously satisfying sequel. The film, written and directed by Joss Whedon, is perfectly pieced together to highlight the Avengers’ reassembling to save the planet from destruction by villainous Ultron. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey... 

Movie Review: ‘Duff’ promotes positive body image

Jennifer Jackson Assistant Editor “The Duff” is a charming teen comedy based on the novel by Kody Keplinger, featuring Mae Whitman (“Arrested Development,” “Parenthood”) as the main character, Bianca. Bianca is a spunky high school senior whose world turns upside down when she finds out she is known by the student body as a “duff.” Duff is an acronym for “designated ugly fat friend.”... 

Movie Review: ‘The Hunting Ground’ exposes campus sexual assault

Kellie Galentine Online Editor “The Hunting Ground,” directed by Kirby Dick, is a documentary that opens with videos of high school seniors excitedly opening their acceptance letters to universities. Screams and shouts of joy are soon paired with videos of move-in days and administrative speeches at convocation ceremonies. The irony of listening to administrators discuss their institution’s... 

Movie Review: ‘John Wick’ delivers action

Yaya Pineda Staff Writer “John Wick” is an action thriller starring Keanu Reeves as a former hit man whose name induces fear to all those involved in crime in New York City. The movie, released on Oct. 24, is directed by former stuntman Chad Stahelski. When the movie began, I thought I accidently stepped into a Nicholas Sparks romance movie, but that quickly changed within five minutes. Soon my... 

Movie Review: ‘Birdman’ entertains with humor and visuals

Katie Madden Managing Editor With masterful cinematography, sharp dialogue and a lot of heart behind the blackness, “Birdman” or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a dark, daring and entertaining ride to kick off the much anticipated Oscar season. Riggan Thomson (played by Michael Keaton) is an aging and long dormant actor best known for his portrayal of the wildly popular superhero Birdman... 

Movie Review: ‘Lego’ constructs an ingenious universe

Kristine Delgadillo Staff Writer Warner Bros. has re-invented the meaning of an animated movie with its new film “The Lego Movie,” by capturing the attention of children and adults with innocent, yet satirical comedy, which hit the box office Feb. 9. The imaginative and colorful world of Legos makes “The Lego Movie” a must-see for all ages. It will have the audience leaving the theater smiling,... 

Movie Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ treads lightly

Mariela Patron News Editor Julian Fellowes has brought back William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to the big screen, with Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet Capulet and Douglas Booth as Romeo Montague, and set it back to its original 16th century form– away from its last film adaptation, Baz Luhrmann’s contemporary “Romeo + Juliet.” Fellowes, known for his award-winning writing... 

Movie Review: ‘Life of Pi’ beats Hollywood cliché

Robert Penalber News Editor Fans of Yann Martel’s “The Life of Pi” will rejoice when watching director Ang Lee’s film adaptation, applauding the film for not being just another one of those novel-turned-Hollywood sell-outs. Even more, “The Life of Pi” accomplishes what few movies are able to achieve nowadays- presenting an astounding 3-D film that actually contains a detailed plot. Piscine... 

Movie Review: ‘Paranormal 4’ spooks up laughter

Christina Collins Burton Editor in Chief The clever silhouette placements and high-pitched ringing sounds were about the only redeemable qualities of the fourth installment of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise. Unlike the past films which left audiences shivering after the mention of the demonic storyline, this latest plot development left many people laughing rather than screaming. The story... 

Movie Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania’ spooks families closer together

Erica Maurice Staff Writer “Hotel Transylvania” is the perfect heart-warming children’s movie to connect the whole family. The film, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, tells the story of Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler, as he tries to shield his daughter Mavis, voiced by Selena Gomez, from the human world. Tartakovsky has directed and produced some of the animated shows that 1990s kids grew... 
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