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Review: ‘Mockingjay – Part 2’ is a dismal, but accurate, end to ‘Hunger Games’ series


I’ve read the entire “Hunger Games” trilogy only once in my life, and it was during my last year in high school. I blazed through the books in order to prepare for the first “Hunger Games” that came out in 2012.

It’s only been three years since the first movie, but many changes and challenges affected the series during that time period, such as going through two directors, several writers and different styles of cinematography, and splitting the last book, “Mockingjay,” into two parts. Continue reading

M. Night Shyamalan redeems himself with ‘The Visit’


Last week I went to the small theater in Madison to see “The Visit,” M. Night Shyamalan’s new horror movie. You know there is little expectation for a film when the attendance is below 10 people, but I had wanted to see this movie since it came out in early September. Shyamalan’s film career is exceptionally varied in what’s good and what’s not good. Some of his movies are fantastic, like his early hits “Unbreakable” and the famous “The Sixth Sense.” Continue reading

Review: New ‘Avengers’ film is overstuffed but entertaining

Entertainment Editor

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” had the incredibly difficult task of creating a film that was worthy of standing alongside its 2012 predecessor, which currently sits as the third highest grossing movie of all time.

With the idea to go bigger and better than last time, did director Joss Whedon create a film that was as satisfying and enjoyable as his first outing?

Yes … but there are some minor issues that I had regarding how I felt about the film. Continue reading

Film review: ‘Horns’ is not your typical thriller

Staff Writer

The fall season typically prompts a few thriller or horror movies to be released in theaters that entice adrenaline seekers and scary-movie fans.

Following the theme of thrilling, creepy films is the new movie “Horns,” directed by Alexandre Aja (“Mirrors”). The movie was adapted from the novel by Joe Hill and seems to stick to themes of gothic fantasy and crime fiction.

The movie tells the story of Ignatius Perrish, known by everyone as Ig (Daniel Radcliffe), whose love for his girlfriend Merrin Williams (Juno Temple) has lasted since the two of them were children. Continue reading

Film review: ‘Gone Girl’ translates well to screen


About halfway through David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” a policeman asks a question that seems more directed to the audience than it does to his partner: “You ever hear the expression ‘the simplest answer’s often the correct one?’”

One of the many themes that this film tackles is perception and how our perception can easily be swayed in one direction or the other (and with the help of media, it’s really not hard). With that being said, by this point in the film Nick Dunne is having a rather awful week. Continue reading

Review: ‘Catching Fire’ lives up to expectations

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

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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