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Treat Yourself with these New Movies

By Aubree Clark

X-Men: Days of Future Past is in theatres May 23. Picture courtesy of Empire.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is in theatres May 23. Picture courtesy of Empire Magazine.

Looking for something fun to do after AP testing or to do with a group of your friends? Then you might want to take a look at these list of movies coming out near you!

Already out:

  • Neighbors- R, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 1- PG-13, 2 hr. 22 min.
  • The Other Woman- PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Heaven is for Real- PG 1 hr. 40 min.

This Week:

  • Godzilla- PG-13, 2hr. 3 min.
  • Million Dollar Arm, PG, 2 hr 4 min.

May 23, 2014

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past- PG-13, 2 hr. 10 min.
  • Blended- PG-13

May 30, 2014

  • Maleficent- PG, 2 hr. 15 min.
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West- R

June 6, 2014

  • Edge of Tomorrow- PG-13, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • The Fault In Our Stars- PG-13

Cap 2 Sets Marvel World on its Head

By: Taylor Hourigan

Captain America and Black Widow team up to unmask the mysterious assassin. Photo courtesy of JSonline.
Captain America and Black Widow team up to unmask the mysterious assassin. Photo courtesy of JSonline.

This article contains spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The next installment in the Captain America franchise has turned the entire world of Marvel on its head. The movie, which stars Chris Evans as the title character, Steve Rogers, A.K.A. Captain America, begins normally enough: Steve and Natasha, A.K.A. the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), are on a rescue mission to save agents who are being held hostage by pirates. But when Natasha goes M.I.A. to recover information, Steve realizes he doesn’t know as much about S.H.I.E.L.D. as he thinks he does.

Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is being attacked by assailants dressed as cops. After narrowly escaping with his life, he shows up at Steve’s apartment and gives him a mysterious flash drive just before being shot to death. When Steve pursues the shooter, he comes face-to-face with a stranger in a mask who disappears into the night.

Back at S.H.I.E.L.D., the new director orders agents to attack and confine Steve. After escaping an attack in the elevator, Steve meets up with Natasha again and they team up with Sam Wilson, A.K.A. the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in order to find out what’s on the mysterious flash drive and unmask the shadowed stranger.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a worthy successor to its prequel. Although the movie is action-packed, it also features an intricate plot with humorous dialogue that ensnares its viewer and leaves them constantly asking questions and wanting for answers. A shocking twist in the middle of the movie leaves Steve–and the viewers–unsure of who to trust and if everything that has been set up in the last Marvel movies has been a lie. And the mysterious assassin’s identity breaks not only Steve’s heart, but the hearts of the audience as well. The Marvel-famous after credits scenes set up an ominous tone for the next movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron, and introduces two well-loved characters that could potentially set up a X-Men/Avengers crossover.

Rating: 4.75/5 stars

 

Non-Stop: First Class to Boredom

Liam Neeson texting the anonymous killer
Liam Neeson texting the anonymous killer

By: Prisca To

What do you get when you put Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong’o, and an anonymous killer on an airplane? The movie Non-Stop, which came out Feb. 28, 2014 created a lot of anticipation and buzz. The preview shows intense action, mystery, and suspense. However, once the movie starts, all expectations leave.

The movie starts off with Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, who has a blatant drinking problem but seems to be a major part of the airline. Fast forward a bit, and everyone is seated on the plane, ready for take off. Neeson sends a text message to his superior saying everything is okay. After takeoff, an ominous text is sent to his phone. The text basically threatened to kill someone every 20 minutes if they didn’t receive their requested money amount.

Neeson gets concerned, and worries about the safety of the passengers on the plane. He continues to text the unknown killer, sets the time on his watch. His identity is revealed as an air marshall when we contacts a fellow marshall on the same flight. They two marshalls end up arguing and Neeson ends up killing the marshall, a secret drug dealer. As soon as he dies, his phone beeps that 20 minutes is up.

Neeson realizes this is a real threat, and goes through extreme measures and recuits people to help him catch the killer. Passengers are not happy with this demands, and Neeson’s boss tells him to stop. However, he doesn’t and ends up being falsely portrayed as the killer and the man holding everyone hostage.

While the story line is a great idea, the pace was too slow and I lost interest quickly. If you’re looking for a thriller that sends your heart race, then Non-Stop isn’t the movie for you.

Titanfall Arriving in March

Artwork for Titanfall, released by EA

By Kyra Ferguson

Titanfall was released for preview at E3 last year, and was a huge success, winning over 60 awards and becoming one of the most anticipated game of 2014. It’s a new EA online multi-player first-person shooter game, set to be released March 11, available for PC and Xbox One.

EA allowed for online players to register for beta testing starting on Feb. 14, and ended Feb. 20. Those that tried to get into testing were not required to preorder the game. Those that got access to the beta were released a version of the game that had a tutorial for piloting your titan, and three game modes: Last Titan Standing, Attrition (Team Deathmatch), Hardpoint Domination.

The premise of the game is that you are a pilot of a large, humanistic machine called a titan, which acts as an extension of your body to fight in, with superior fire power and speed. Titans are extremely difficult to destroy, even when supplied weapons that can take down a titan.

First off, the graphics of the game are beautiful. Each landscape has small details put into the design, and different levels in buildings that make fighting players and AIs more entertaining.

However, first time playing, there are way too many controls on PC gameplay to remember. Besides the normal mouse and WASD controls, you also have Q, C, E, F, Shift, Space, and V all with functions, and sometimes one button does two different things based on whether or not you are in your titan. I barely survived my first practice titan wave, facing two titans in my own titan. I did not survive the second wave.

Third, the amount of thought that went into the design of the game is superb. There are little touches here and there (a flicker of the holographic screen, your titan helping you into it, etc) that make it fantastic.

Overall, there’s a reason why Titanfall won so many awards at the E3 release. It’s gorgeous, fun, fast-paced, and a great innovation in first person shooters. Once mastered, Titanfall will no doubt be the most recommended game of 2014.

Second Weekend of Musical Kicks off with Understudy Show

Junior KJ Sheldon rehearses a musical number in "Once Upon a Mattress." Sheldon understudied the role of Princess Winifred, which she performed Feb. 27.
Junior KJ Sheldon rehearses a musical number in “Once Upon a Mattress.” Sheldon understudied the role of Princess Winifred, which she performed Feb. 27.

By Kati Dann

As the second and final weekend of the school musical “Once Upon a Mattress” approaches, the cast prepares to end the show on a high note. In addition, the cast was working doubly hard for the understudy performance Feb. 27, which substituted the leads in the show with their understudies for one night.

Learning one role for a show is tough, but try learning the choreography, blocking, lines, and music for two roles. “It’s been a lot of work,” said junior Hallie Denman, who took on the role of Lady Larken for the understudy show. “We don’t get to rehearse as much as the actual leads do. It’s a lot of shadowing and taking notes.”

Considering the fact that the understudy show was only one night, much of the cast was “very nervous,” said freshman Jakob Bailey, who understudied for the part of Prince Dauntless. “We only get one night, so if we mess up we don’t have a chance to make up for it. But I’m really excited too.”

With every cast member working together to make both versions of the show great, the stress level can rise above the standard for any other performance. While one might suspect tensions to be running high among the cast, “the relationships are surprisingly strong,” said junior KJ Sheldon, who took on the role of Winifred in the understudy show. “We’re always there to help each other out and make sure each show is going to be the best it can.”

As for the show itself, “it’s really funny and entertaining,” Denman said.

Although the understudy show has come and gone, the musical runs through Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults.

March Movie Madness

By Jess Ameter

Mr. Peabody and Sherman have crazy adventures in time in their new movie of the same name.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman have crazy adventures in time in their new movie of the same name.

Movie fans of all different categories should be looking forward to this March. With new animated movies, comedies, action movies and dramas coming to the silver screen, there is sure to be a flick for every movie buff or casual viewer to enjoy.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman:
Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a fun, animated movie about the world’s smartest dog, Mr. Peabody, and his human, Sherman. When Sherman disobeys Mr. Peabody’s orders and messes with his greatest invention, a time machine, the two are catapulted back in time.

 Need for Speed:
Based on a popular video game, Need for Speed depicts a young man who was framed for manslaughter. Two years later, fresh out of prison, Tobey is determined to get revenge on the man who framed him. In the world of underground racing, the best way to extract revenge is to beat them in a big race. Can Tobey overcome all odds and get back at the man who framed him for a crime he didn’t commit?

Bad Words:
Bad Words is a comedy about a bitter man who wants revenge on his mother, the organizer of the national spelling bee, by winning the spelling bee as an adult. Along the way in his journey, he befriends a reporter and a young contestant.

Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club:
After an incident at their kids’ school, a bunch of single mothers form a support group. In this upcoming dramedy, the women overcome life obstacles and help each other to stay strong.

Divergent:
Fans of the popular book series by the same name were begging for it to be made into a movie, and it finally has. In a futuristic world where people are sorted into groups by their personalities and characteristics, Tris Prior doesn’t fit into any group. Known as divergent, she has to remain in hiding, for if she is discovered she will be killed.

Muppets Most Wanted:
Muppets Most Wanted is a children’s movie that depicts the Muppets on a world tour.  Unfortunately, while enjoying themselves on the tour, the Muppets run into trouble when a highly wanted criminal looks identical to Kermit.

 Noah:
When the Earth is covered with floods, Noah, a righteous man, must build an ark quickly in order to save all of the species in the world. Can all of the species survive the flood, or will some of them go extinct in the struggle?