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Review: ‘Catching Fire’ lives up to expectations

JON SCOTT
Film Critic

After seeing “Thor: The Dark World” for a second time last weekend, my opinion on it had not changed, but I thought to myself, “what qualifies as a good sequel?” For me, personally, a good sequel qualifies as expanding the world that was last introduced, developing the character arcs set up last time and taking them to a different place and seeing how they have changed since the last movie, while also setting up new characters for potential future films.

While “Thor: The Dark World” did do that, I realized that there could have been better moments of character (such as with Jane Foster and Thor). However, the next sequel to come out in November was “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

The sequel to the worldwide smash- hit “The Hunger Games” picks up after the events of the first film. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) have won the 74th Hunger Games, and have returned home to District 12.

But there’s a storm coming.
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Review: ‘Thor’ sequel is solid addition to Marvel movie franchise

JON SCOTT
Film Critic

In the last few years, Marvel Studios has become a powerhouse studio, thanks to their genius strategy. In just the short span of five years, Marvel has churned out hit after hit. This past summer, they initiated Phase Two of their Cinematic Universe with “Iron Man 3,” which went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide. Now, Marvel hopes to strike lightning twice with “Thor: The Dark World,” a sequel to 2011’s “Thor.”

The film picks up right after the events of “The Avengers.” Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been brought back to Asgard to stand trial for his crimes against the people of Earth. Meanwhile, our favorite God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) is traveling with his companions across the
Nine Realms trying to bring about peace. It seems that since Thor’s absence in “The Avengers,” the Nine Realms have erupted into chaos.
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Review: ‘Ender’s Game’ film adaptation stays true to book

JON SCOTT
Film Critic

Films based on book adaptations are rarely as good as the source material. They miss the point of the book and instead try to condense it into a product that contains stiff, wooden acting, poor dialogue filled with meaningless jokes, and a script that misses the point that the book makes. Now, some of these adaptations are the rare exception to good movies. The “Harry Potter” franchise, “The Hunger Games,” and “Holes” are a few of the exceptions that come into my mind.

Now we have the latest film adaptation of another acclaimed best seller, “Ender’s Game.”
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Review: Tom Hanks stars in ‘intense’ blockbuster based on true events

JON SCOTT
Film Critic

Films based on real life events always seem to be a big draw for Oscar picks. Moviemakers feel as if what had actually transpired in real life can be replicated on the big screen, hoping that these stories can provide inspiration and hope. The public also likes Tom Hanks. He is one of the most recognizable and likable actors working in the industry today. Put these two elements together and you get “Captain Phillips,” the latest film from director Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “United 93″).

“Captain Phillips” focuses on the real life story about the crew of the Maersk Alabama, a freighter which was hijacked by Somali Pirates in 2009. During the hijacking, the film’s captain, Richard Phillips (played by Hanks), was taken hostage in a lifeboat by the pirates for three days. This resulted in the Navy SEALs having to step in and control the hostage situation. In Greengrass’ take on the story, we also briefly get to see the lives of both Phillips and the pirates before the hostage situation occurs.

I did not know what to expect going into this film. I had recalled seeing the hostage situation unfold on television but did not remember any of the details of what had occurred. I was more curious in seeing it because I have liked Greengrass’ other work, with “The Bourne Ultimatum” being one of my favorite action movies of all time. Also, Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors working in Hollywood. I was interested in seeing what these two could bring to this story together. What I saw on screen was probably one of the most intense films I’ve ever seen in a theater. I walked out with my heart pounding in my chest. I could not stop thinking about it.
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Review: ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’

AYINDE J. STEVENS
Student Voice Editor

By now we all know the story about how J.K. Rowling managed to pull herself out of what she considered rock-bottom to become one of the wealthiest women in the world – all with the idea of a skinny kid who has magical powers.

Rowling has continued her success with her new novel, “The Cuckoo’s Calling.”
The novel, which takes place in contemporary London, has Detective Cormoran Strike looking into the suicide of Lula “Cuckoo” Landry, a supermodel whose death even had, hypothetically, the BBC talking about it. Landry’s adoptive brother, John, asks Strike to take up the case, utterly convinced it was murder.
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Review: Saying good-bye to Vince Gilligan’s ‘Breaking Bad’

JON SCOTT
Film Critic

How do you describe perfection?

It’s rather difficult to do so. When you are able to bear witness to something that helped define the age of television and revolutionized the drama genre like no other show before, it is hard to be able to define just how perfect it is. The show in question is AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” which recently wrapped up its series run.
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Professor at FDU releases anticipated rock CD

STEVEN MACRI
Sports Editor

In 1995, a band formed at Rutgers University that consisted of three professors. Two of the professors were a part of the Rutgers faculty and another one was teaching at William Paterson University. They named themselves The Professors and originally started as a joke. Yet after the band had their first gig, they went out and hired a bassist so that they could become more serious.

Two of the original members are gone, but Gary P. Radford, a communication studies professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, still has the band going strong.
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Review: Formula One movie ‘Rush’ lands cast and crew in winner’s circle

Jon Scott
Film Critic

It’s that time of the year again. The summer movie season of 2013 has officially been put to rest and now it’s time for the more serious, Oscar-potential fall films to take the spotlight. We’ve already seen some of those potentials pass by (such as the recent “Prisoners”). But now it’s Ron Howard’s turn. Howard returns to the big screen with his latest film, “Rush.”

The film chronicles the intense rivalry between Formula One racing drivers James Hunt (played by the God of Thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) that took place in the 1976 racing season. During one of the races, Lauda gets into a horrible accident that leaving his face severely burned. However, six weeks after the accident, Lauda gets back into the driver’s seat and continues to pursue Hunt for the championship. The film shows how intense the rivalry was between the two and how each had entirely different, clashing personalities. While Hunt is a loud, obnoxious, partying driver who believes every day could be your last so you might as well live it up to its fullest, Lauda is the exact opposite. He’s cold, calculating and always strategizing how he will drive the next race. He sees everything as math which he believes makes you the better driver. The film showcases their rivalry as well as their lives off the track.
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Review: ‘The Bridge’ surprises with complex characters, stories

CHRISTI PEACE
News Editor

This July, the channel that produced shows such as “Sons of Anarchy” and “American Horror Story” released its new drama, “The Bridge.” Although the main plot is about law enforcement trying to catch a serial killer, it is not your usual procedural cop show.

For starters it puts two different countries’ police departments together to collaborate on a case involving a body that was placed directly on the border of the bridge separating the U.S. and Mexico.

The show stars Diane Kruger. She plays an unusual, by-the-book detective named Sonya Cross, who has a difficult time relating to others. She normally works alone, as a result of her personality that many of her El Paso PD co-workers find off-putting. It is only her patient and understanding lieutenant who defends her and gives her advice. It is when the body is found that Cross encounters a Mexican detective by the name of Marco Ruiz. Unlike Cross, he is a likeable, married man who shows compassion when dealing with others. This is exemplified right from the start when he allows a woman and her sick husband to cross over the bridge to get to a hospital on the American side. Cross herself had stubbornly told them they couldn’t, as it could disturb the crime scene.
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