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by Roy Runnels



I never thought that out of all of the Marvel movies, Captain America: The Winter Soldier would be the one to change everything. I walked into the theater expecting an average experience, and walked out being blown away at how good it actually was. Not to mention the huge ramifications that it will have on the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even without the huge twist, the movie still would have been extremely enjoyable, thanks to directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Who would have thought directors of the show Community could make one of the best Marvel movies?

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Divergent: Movie Review

IN THE March 31 ISSUE

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by Jessica Runnels



The Dystopian genre is very popular nowadays. A new way of running the world, a hero who fights against the new system, who wouldn’t love that? If you do love those things then Divergent is the right movie for you. It has action, romance, and a brave heroine, everything you could want in a movie.

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Muppets Most Wanted: Movie Review

IN THE March 31 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


The Muppets Most Wanted begins where the last movie ended and the Muppets are trying to decide what to do next in their career. However, when they are approached by Agent Dominic Badguy to do a World tour, all but Kermit get excited for the new adventure. Kermit is not so sure they are ready but goes with the majority vote.

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Movie Review

IN THE March 17 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Jay Ward and Bill Scott.
Those were magic names of my childhood, names responsible for Crusader Rabbit, Fractured Flickers, Hoppity Hooper, George of the Jungle, Super Chicken, Dudley Do-Right, Aesop & Son, Fractured Fairy Tales, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and…Mr. Peabody & Sherman. There have been movie attempts to recapture that magical style in the past (George came close), but now it’s time for Mr. Peabody & Sherman, a CGI-animated feature (also available in 3-D), directed by Rob (The Lion King) Minkoff.

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Pompeii: Movie Review

IN THE March 10 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson



Ashes drift down like black snow through the hazy air, past cowering bodies turned to stone, frozen in time at the moment of death.

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RoboCop: Movie Review

IN THE March 3 ISSUE

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by Jesus Ibarra


Robocop, a remake of the cult classic 1980s movie of the same name, stars Joel Kinneman as the titular hero who is turned into a cyborg to combat crime. This movie shares only two things with the original, the transformation of Joel Kinnaman’s Alex Murphy into RoboCop, and the corporation that makes him. Other than that it is a pretty good reboot of the franchise with a look at more contemporary views about technology, corporate control, and what those things mean for people and government.

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Vampire Academy: Movie Review

IN THE March 1 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



I have had a love for Vampires ever since I was a child–my mom blames herself for it because we watched Dark Shadows together. So when I see a new vampire movie coming out I want to check it out, so I headed out to see Vampire Academy recently.

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Countdown to the Oscars 2014!

IN THE February 24 ISSUE

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by KRL Staff



It’s that time of year again–time for the Oscars! So once again we are reviewing some of the Oscar nominees this week as we lead up to the Oscars on Sunday on ABC with coverage beginning at 7e/4p. Check back daily for more Oscar movie reviews and check out Oscar 2013 event page for a listing of all of the nominees!

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The Monuments Men: Movie Review

IN THE February 17 ISSUE

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by Mary Anne Barker


The Monuments Men starts with Frank Stokes (George Clooney) making a presentation to President Franklin D Roosevelt. A plea to save the art, pictures, sculptures, historic buildings. Near the end of World War II curators, directors and artists were concerned about the art that the Nazi’s had stolen and historic places being destroyed. There is an ongoing debate, one side saying art is not worth dying for and the other saying that this art should be saved.

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The Lego Movie: Movie Review

IN THE February 10 ISSUE

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by Roy Runnels



When I first saw the trailer for The Lego Movie, all I saw was a cheap cash grab to sell more Lego sets. The idea of a movie about Lego’s just didn’t really work to me. As time went on and more info (and trailers) started coming out, the better and better the idea became. All of the sudden we had an all star cast and trailers that were really funny. It may not be a cash grab, but I guarantee that this movie will sell Lego sets.

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Nut Job: Movie Review

IN THE January 20 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


Nut Job is about the animals in a park struggling to store enough food for the winter, and one Squirrel in particular, named Surly, who is known as a troublemaker who only looks out for himself and his rat friend, Buddy. Surly ends up causing the little food that the other animals have stored in a tree to end up being burned up by a run away peanut cart and finds himself banished from the park to live out in the city alone.

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American Hustle: Movie Review

IN THE January 13 ISSUE

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by Jesus Ibarra


David O. Russell, director of last year’s hit Silver Linings Playbook, is back with a new drama, American Hustle. Loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 70s, American Hustle stars a fantastic ensemble who give “mind blowingly” amazing performances.

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Saving Mr. Banks: Movie Review

IN THE January 6 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Mrs. P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson), who created Mary Poppins, the magical British nanny, was Australian-born (as Helen Lyndon Goff), unmarried, had an estranged adopted son, and lived for many years with a female companion.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham




The Desolation of Smaug finds us back with our hero Bilbo Baggins and his Dwarf companions for more of their adventures, based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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The Book Thief: Movie Review

IN THE December 2 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Even though The Book Thief takes place in Nazi Germany, this isn’t really a war film. There are Allied bombing raids, and characters die, but there isn’t a lot of action for Spandex-superhero fans. It’s an intimate movie about people who are heroes in small ways, based on Markus Zusak’s popular YA book.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



The film version of Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a lot like The Hunger Games, only better.
That’s hard to believe. So many second installments of movie franchises suffer from “hammock syndrome,” where nothing important happens, because it’s all a set-up for the third and final installment. Second films are looked upon with lowered expectations, but Catching Fire delivers on the potential of the series.

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