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‘Lost City’ is must ‘Z’ movie

‘Lost City’ is must ‘Z’ movie

JOSHUA ROUSE, Staff Writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under Movie Reviews, Showcase

The year is 1905. British Officer Percy Fawcett seeks decorations and recognition in order to rebuild the family name that his father ruined due to his reckless living. In order to ease territorial tensions in South America, Fawcett is assigned to mapping the border between Peru and Brazil. While bravi...

Go in ‘style,’ leave in disappointment

Go in ‘style,’ leave in disappointment

JOSHUA ROUSE, Film Critic
April 20, 2017
Filed under Campus Life, Movie Reviews, Showcase

When senior citizen Joe is at the bank dealing with inflated mortgage payments and other hidden fees, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a bank robbery. This experience gives him the idea to rob the bank himself in order to fix his financial problems. With his lifelong friends Will and Al ...

‘Kong’ not exactly a barrel of monkeys

‘Kong’ not exactly a barrel of monkeys

CLINTON OLSASKY, Associative Executive Editor
April 13, 2017
Filed under Campus Life, Movie Reviews, Showcase

You know the old saying: If it ain’t broke…go ahead and break it. Oh, wait. That’s not a saying? Well, nonetheless, that must have been the motto that director Jordan Vogt-Roberts had in mind when he chose to bastardize one of the most heralded film franchises in history with the monstrosity of...

“Ghost” is mere shell of source material

“Ghost” is mere shell of source material

JOSHUA ROUSE, Film Critic
April 10, 2017
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In the near future of the sci-fi film “Ghost in the Shell,” cybernetic implants have become commonplace, with people everywhere using this technology to enhance their sight, strength and intelligence. This is all thanks to Hanka Robotics, the flagship of this augmentative technology. But with this adva...

Film fails to breathe new “Life” into genre

Film fails to breathe new “Life” into genre

JOSHUA ROUSE, Film Critic
April 3, 2017
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When the crew aboard the ISS (International Space Station) retrieves a pod returning with samples from Mars, they are thrilled to discover that the samples contain evidence of life beyond Earth. Little do they know, some things are better left undiscovered. Now, in a fight for survival, the crew mu...

“Power Rangers” does justice to original

“Power Rangers” does justice to original

JOSHUA ROUSE, Film Critic
March 27, 2017
Filed under Campus Life, Movie Reviews, Showcase

Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Trini and Zack are misfits and social outcasts in the city of Angel Grove, and they are often ostracized as a result. However, that all changes once they stumble upon five coins that give each of them incredible power. Seeking out the answers to their new strength, they find t...

Beauty & Beast: not the Belle of the ball

Beauty & Beast: not the Belle of the ball

JOSHUA ROUSE, Film Critic
March 23, 2017
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In a quiet village in France, Belle spends her days reading copious amounts of books, awaiting the day she can escape the ordinary life of a village girl and the advances of the hyper-masculine Gaston. Belle hopes to escape to the fantasy worlds in her books, but little does she know, that day of libera...

“Logan” claws through critics

“Logan” claws through critics

JOSHUA ROUSE, Film Critic
March 9, 2017
Filed under Campus Life, Movie Reviews

The year is 2029. Mutant-kind is all but extinct, as far as Wolverine, A.K.A. Logan, knows or cares. He spends his days as a limo driver and watches over Charles Xavier, whose age and deteriorating mind have caused his telekinetic powers to grow unstable, forcing him into hiding. Beyond the goal of b...

“Get Out” gets outstanding review

“Get Out” gets outstanding review

JOSHUA ROUSE, Film Critic
March 2, 2017
Filed under Movie Reviews

When Rose Armitage asks her boyfriend Chris Washington to meet her parents for the first time over a weekend visit, Chris reluctantly agrees. However, Chris is wary of how Rose’s parents will react to their daughter’s interracial relationship. Upon arriving at the Armitage household, Chris becom...

“Fifty Shades” definition of love is toxic

“Fifty Shades” definition of love is toxic

JOSHUA ROUSE, Film Critic
February 27, 2017
Filed under Movie Reviews

Having escaped the possessive Christian Grey, Anastasia “Ana” Steele is once again living a peaceful life, happily working at a publishing company. But her peace is intermittently broken by gifts from Grey, who desperately wants her back. The two finally meet and once more enter into a relationshi...

2017 Oscars Best Picture roundup

2017 Oscars Best Picture roundup

JOSHUA ROUSE, Film Critic
February 23, 2017
Filed under Campus Life, Movie Reviews, Showcase

“Arrival” When 12 mysterious alien ships land on Earth, the leaders of the world are thrown into a panic. Militaries are deployed and scientists are recruited to find out just what it is the aliens want. Decorated linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and expert mathematician Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) ...

New Wick flick is critic’s pick

New Wick flick is critic’s pick

JOSHUA ROUSE, Film Critic
February 16, 2017
Filed under Campus Life, Movie Reviews

Once again forced out of retirement, John Wick must answer the cry for help he receives from an old colleague seeking to use Wick’s legendary skills to win himself a seat at the top of a shadowy crime organization. Wick is begrudgingly dragged back into the sophisticated underground world of assassins ...

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