In 1894, Rudyard Kipling published a novel about a boy abandoned in the jungle: “The Jungle Book.” The boy, Mowgli, is then taken in by the wildlife, raised by wolves and assisted by his two friends, Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear. Through his journey, an evil tiger Shere Khan hunts him.Read More
Recently, a movie came out in theatres that offered a very different form of film. Traditionally, a film follows multiple characters through the story’s happenings, and you see it through the eyes of the camera. Basically as if you were watching it all happen, which you are, but what if you were the camera, and you watched the movie from the eyes of one single character? This is where Hardcore Henry steps in.Read More
Actress Melissa McCarthy returns to the big screen after a nearly year-long absence with her latest movie, “The Boss.” The comedy follows successful businesswoman Michelle Darnell’s (McCarthy) fall from grace and journey back to the boardroom through a mix of slapstick and vulgarity that McCarthy’s movies are known for. This film earned its R rating and may push some viewers too far with its young actors throwing punches and curses like their adult cast-mates.Read More
By Thomas Hardway
Arguably one of the most hyped-up movies for the spring, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” brings together two of the greatest superhero titans for one epic clash of the century….or does it? When all the excitement and buildup fades away, how well does DC's latest big superhero flick really fare?
Henry Cavill reprises his role from “Man of Steel” as Clark Kent a.k.a Superman, while Ben Affleck dons the mask as Bruce Wayne aka Batman. Without spoiling too much, the overall story revolves heavily around the public's waning relationship with Superman and Batman. The people of Metropolis do not think Superman, with all of his godly powers, has fully good intentions; while in Gotham, word spreads of a “bat-vigilante who thinks he's above the law” by fighting criminals and branding their bodies with a bat-symbol, inadvertently acting as a “death mark” in prison.
Being from nearby cities, Superman quickly becomes disapprovingly aware of the caped crusader’s existence, and Batman has a personal grudge against the man of steel for the Kryptonian war he brought to Earth in the previous film. The head honcho of LexCorp, Lex Luthor, decides to take advantage of this by bringing Batman and Superman together, while adding a little extra motivation for the battle by taking Superman's mother hostage.
Overall the story, while decent idea-wise, falls flat on execution. Most of the movie felt rather jumpy; I spent about half my time barely knowing what was even going on. Was it Batman versus Superman? Batman and Superman versus Lex Luthor? Batman and Superman versus desert terrorists? Yes, there was also a group of desert terrorists who did not have as much plot significance as Batman, Superman, and the other DC characters in the movie, yet appeared in more scenes than they really should have. For example, the “dream” scene between Batman and Superman which depicted Batman as one of the terrorists, resulting in Superman promptly ripping his mask off. This “dream” scene was purely a cinematic effect to raise the tensions between the two leads.
Many of the characters were painfully wooden and seemed to just blend in with each other. The only people who stood out were Superman, Batman, Lex Luthor, and the Editor-in-Chief at The Daily Planet, Perry White. However, the movie got more enjoyable with the action scenes, such as in the titular climactic clash between Batman and Superman. Overall the film was satisfactory, with plenty of good action scenes, yet falls far from being a great movie due to its jumpy and often confusing story.
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In the wave of recent dramatic and intense movies The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water is a refreshing twist for the whole family. If you live under a rock like Patrick, the film takes place mostly in bikini bottom and follows SpongeBob, an enthusiastic character who loves his friends and his job at the Krusty Krab.Read More