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Ultra-violent “13 Assassins” satisfies samurai film needs

Ultra-violent “13 Assassins” satisfies samurai film needs

By Hank Brown

May 26, 2011

Before “13 Assassins” I could honestly say that I hadn’t seen another movie that opened with a guy making filet mignon out of his own entrails. While you don’t actually see any of the action in the scene, you are forced to view the man’s pained facial expressions while the pleasant sounds of fle...

“Portal 2” surpasses predecessor and gratifies gamers

“Portal 2” surpasses predecessor and gratifies gamers

By Aaron Newman

May 26, 2011

Post-apocalyptic stories are quite common in entertainment media these days. In this regard, the video game “Portal 2,” set in the fictional, isolated Aperture Science laboratories long after a hinted-at collapse of society, could be called unoriginal. But this overlap with pop-culture cliché is slight, and it...

“Turtleneck and Chain” marks another hit for The Lonely Island

“Turtleneck and Chain” marks another hit for The Lonely Island

By Chris Long

May 26, 2011

I like to believe that I’m funny, so I think I know when I’m in the presence of good comedy. When I encounter comedy gold I get a thizzing feeling in my lower gut--think of it like a comedy radar. The new Lonely Island album “Turtleneck and Chain” put that feeling in overdrive. Based on the beats and lyrics, I can happily report that this album is just as good as the first album, “...

Early Review: “Attack the Block” mixes comedy, action and sci-fi seamlessly

Early Review: “Attack the Block” mixes comedy, action and sci-fi seamlessly

By Wesley Emblidge

May 26, 2011

“That’s an alien bruv, believe it!” shouts Pest (Alex Esmail), one of the five kids from a gang in South London. The rest of the kids laugh him off, and turn back to the destroyed car next to them. Some animal has fallen from the sky, and landed inside the car. The kids chase the thing into ...

“Fast Five” lags, but packs a punch in the end

“Fast Five” lags, but packs a punch in the end

By Wesley Emblidge

May 17, 2011

“This just went from mission impossible to mission in-freakin’-sanity.” That line, from “The Fast and the Furious” sums up the franchise as a whole: dumb, cheesy “car porn” movies that have no real heart or characters, but do contain entertaining action to make the films somewhat watcha...

Immaturity and boredom plague CGI coated “Sucker Punch”

Immaturity and boredom plague CGI coated “Sucker Punch”

April 4, 2011

As an 18-year-old male, I should be the type of person who would enjoy a movie about prostitutes battling it out with samurais, Nazi zombies, orcs, and robots. Sounds like every teenage boy’s most epic fantasy, right? That’s what I thought when I first saw the trailer for Zach Snyder’s “Sucker Pu...

Chemistry redeems lacking plot in “The Adjustment Bureau”

Chemistry redeems lacking plot in “The Adjustment Bureau”

By Wesley Emblidge

March 10, 2011

When I first heard about “The Adjustment Bureau,” it sounded fantastic. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt work off a script by George Nolfi (writer of “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Ocean’s Twelve”), set in a world where every aspect of everyones  lives are controlled by a team of men, called The Adj...