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Worth the "weight"

By Randima Herath | Feb. 1, 2016, 4:25 p.m. | In Movies »

The new concepts, characters and obstacles easily compel the targeted younger audiences into following Po on yet another feat.


Bumpy Ride in Ride Along 2

By Lauren Frost | Feb. 1, 2016, 3:56 p.m. | In Movies »

Being a Kevin Hart movie, it has a very silly feel and a somewhat childish sense of humor.The movie, though not great, is nonetheless a fun watch.


"Joy" needs more

By Eleanor Cook | Jan. 2, 2016, 11:45 a.m. | In Movies »

"Joy" is a modern-day story of rags to riches, and plays off of the clichéd idea that anyone can make it big in America. With more character development, it would be an excellent film, but without it, there is too much missing for it to be plausible.


Your holiday is not complete without 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Dec. 29, 2015, 11:15 a.m. | In Movies »

Although not the most unique film of the franchise, drawing frequently from the original six, Abrams created a visual masterpiece with the sound effects to draw a viewer back to that galaxy far, far away.


The end of the games

By Lauren Frost | Nov. 30, 2015, 1:59 p.m. | In Movies »

In many ways the final movie of the epic Hunger Games series is a fantastic movie, with great cinematography and special effects. However, compared to the rest of the hit series, Mockingjay Part 2 falls flat.


"The 33" moves mountains

By Randima Herath | Nov. 17, 2015, 5:50 p.m. | In Movies »

"The 33" is based off of the 2010 Chilean mining accident, in which 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days survived against all odds. The film follows the timeline of the disaster, bringing to light the precarious working conditions in the Chilean mining industry through effective foreshadowing and powerful acting.


Good. Very good.

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Nov. 10, 2015, 1 p.m. | In Movies »

Sam Mendes' "Spectre" is yet another thrilling James Bond movie. The exciting movie is filled with action, and changes direction as often as actor Daniel Craig does in the final scene. The quick-moving plot, the explosive scenes and the seductive power of Bond make the film a must-see.


"The Martian" is out of this world

By Maniza Habib | Oct. 6, 2015, 4:26 p.m. | In Movies »

"The Martian," based on the novel by Andy Weir, follows the gripping journey of an abandoned astronaut, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) on Mars. The film shows a new cinematographic perspective of space, in which everything doesn't have to be so scary.


"The Intern" rises to the occasion

By Eleanor Cook | Oct. 6, 2015, 1:51 p.m. | In Movies »

Falling in love with "The Intern" is easy. It excels at portraying the complexities of life in the 21st century and keeps audiences rooting for Ben, Jules, and their colleagues and company the whole length of the film.


"Everest" leaves viewers at base camp

By Sandeep David | Sept. 21, 2015, 2:15 p.m. | In Movies »

In a film that starts out at a plodding pace, director Baltasar Kormákur ramps up the intensity at the end to tell the story of the disaster in proper heartbreaking fashion.


"The Visit" is well worth a visit

By Charles Lott | Sept. 16, 2015, 8:09 p.m. | In Movies »

"The Visit" combines elements from "Hansel and Gretel," found footage horror movies, and director M. Night Shyamalan's own brand of twisted surprise ending, making it the best horror movie of the summer.


"Ant-Man" packs an ant-sized punch

By Sandeep David | Aug. 19, 2015, 8:18 p.m. | In Movies »

Though Marvel does not perform as well as it usually does, a viewer that goes in with ant-sized expectations will get a big surprise as "Ant-Man" still is a solid movie.


"Straight Outta Compton" will have viewers streaming straight into the theater

By Maniza Habib | Aug. 18, 2015, 9:27 a.m. | In Movies »

"Straight Outta Compton" is at times difficult to watch, but overall an epic and captivating film that raps brutal truths about race and police brutality—which continue to resonate today.


"Fantastic Four" doesn't live up to the hype

By Randima Herath | Aug. 13, 2015, 11:37 a.m. | In Movies »

Hear that? It's the groans of disappointed fans after seeing the newest "Fantastic Four" film. The movie is a disastrous release, with an incoherent narrative and underdeveloped characters.


"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" cruises to success

By Elia Martin | Aug. 3, 2015, 4:51 p.m. | In Movies »

"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," is an intense, intriguing and refreshing entry into Tom Cruise's action franchise, offering fresh additions while keeping many common aspects of a Mission: Impossible movie.


Not quite time to terminate the "Terminator" series

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Aug. 1, 2015, 11:59 a.m. | In Movies »

Directed by Alan Taylor, "Terminator Genisys" is an action-packed film that brings the whole Terminator series together, for the most part, comprehensively.


"Paper Towns" is worth the trip

By Eleanor Cook | July 27, 2015, 10:20 p.m. | In Movies »

"Paper Towns," based on the novel by John Green, combines clever humor with existential questions to create a film that has the audience not only laughing with the characters as they encounter comical situations, but also reflecting on their own lives.


Don't wait another day to see "Tomorrowland"

By Zewde Ingram | May 28, 2015, 11:16 a.m. | In Movies »

This film revamps the age old "race to stop the end of the world" scenario into an uplifting and family friendly story enhanced by dazzling graphics.


"Pitch Perfect 2" sings

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | May 20, 2015, 12:31 a.m. | In Movies »

"Pitch Perfect," a quirky comedy about all-girls a capella group the Barden Bellas, took critics by aca-amazement by becoming one of the biggest hits of 2012, fueling a renaissance of collegiate a capella enthusiasm. Now the Barden Bellas are back, and they're better than ever. "Pitch Perfect 2" is a hilarious and worthy sequel, filled to the brim with gags and female empowerment.


"Age of Ultron" falls short

By Neida Mbuia Joao | May 8, 2015, 4:55 p.m. | In Movies »

"Avengers: Age of Utron" may be full of the same explosions, special effects and snappy one-liners that turned it's 2012 predecessor into a hit, but it's no follow up to the Avengers film that had audiences hooked. Though "Ultron" benefits from the engaging action sequences with the sprinkling of humor that enchanted us in the first film, its villain never seems to present itself as a formidable enough threat.


Ex Machina is anything but mechanical

By Brian Le Divya Rajagopal | May 4, 2015, 8:01 p.m. | In Movies »

Screenwriter and director Alex Garland weaves together philosophy, science and suspense to create an convincing plotline that leaves you shaken.


Disney gives "Cinderella” a refreshing update

By Amalia Chiapperino | March 19, 2015, 2:05 p.m. | In Movies »

Director Kenneth Branagh creates a true fairy tale experience with his modernized "Cinderella.” He updates the film from its 1950s animated counterpart by adding depth to what has always been seen as a rather superficial storyline. By focusing on character development, beautiful visual effects and costumes, he proves that he can excel in any film genre.


"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" lives up to its name

By Eleanor Linafelt | March 12, 2015, 5:19 p.m. | In Movies »

Heart-racing, haphazard driving; colorful textiles and beautiful costumes make watching "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" feel like going on a two-hour, jam-packed trip to India.


"Chappie" will not leave you happy

By Harini Salgado | March 10, 2015, 9:07 p.m. | In Movies »

What looked like a movie dealing with artificial intelligence versus man-controlled machines also investigated themes such as parenting, big corporations, human morality and feelings of separation. There's a lot going on in writer/director Neill Blomkamp's ("District Nine," "Elysium") third feature film. Unfortunately, weak characters and plot holes prevent these ideas from making an impact.


"McFarland, USA" is another standard Disney movie

By Robert Pfefferle | Feb. 27, 2015, 9:56 a.m. | In Movies »

The plot of "McFarland, USA" brings nothing surprising or extraordinary to the table, not to mention that Kevin Costner is yet again playing the "clueless mentor searching for answers" role.

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