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Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

IN THE August 11 ISSUE

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by Roy Runnels



When Marvel announced Guardians of the Galaxy, not many people were convinced it would be any good, including me. Talking raccoons didn’t really seem like something even Marvel could pull off. As time went on, and Marvel released more movies, more trust was built with the audience. So when a trailer finally released, I found myself excited. Turns out it was for good reason too.

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Planes: Fire and Rescue: Movie Review

IN THE July 28 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


Planes: Fire and Rescue is a sequel to Disney’s first Planes movie. The first movie focused on the dust cropper plane, Dusty, who wanted to be a racer. This story is similar to the first movie but instead of a racer, he wants to fight fires.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Movie Review

IN THE July 21 ISSUE

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by Roy Runnels



Dawn of the Planet of the Apes isn’t what you would call a typical sequel. When you see a sequel to Iron Man you have a general idea of what you’re going to get. Not so with Dawn. Dawn would be the equivalent of taking a film like Mean Girls, and making the sequel a horror movie. That’s how vastly different the two Apes movies are from one another. Where Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a slow build to a huge climax, Dawn begins with its foot on the gas and it never lets up.

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by Sheryl Wall


How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes place five years after the first movie. It starts out with a Dragon race which has become a favorite sport of the Island of Berk. However, Hiccup and toothless are nowhere to be seen. Hiccup has created his own invention of wings he is using to try to fly.

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The Fault In Our Stars: Movie Review

IN THE June 16 ISSUE

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by Jessica Runnels



The Fault In Our Stars has been my favorite book for a couple years now so I had high expectations for the movie. I knew that John Green had been telling his fans for about a year now how great the movie is, but I still did not have complete faith it would be amazing as the book.

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by Roy Runnels



X-Men: Days of Future Past does what I never felt the other X-Men were able to successfully do, with the exception of First Class. Days of Future Past manages to tell a very enjoyable standalone story that you can walk into without any prior knowledge of the other movies. Yes, watching the previous movies does help, but they worked very hard to craft the chaos and a sense of unknown that is present throughout the future scenes of the movie. But the biggest thing the movie gets right is that they don’t get hung up on the time travel. They briefly explain the rules and dive right in, and the film is much better off that way.

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Maleficent: Movie Review

IN THE June 2 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


Maleficent is a Disney movie about her life and how she became known as an evil fairy. It’s a new take on the story of Sleeping Beauty. The movie starts out with Maleficent as a young yet powerful fairy in the peaceful Magical Moors that borders the human land and how she met a human boy and fell in love with him. Stefan, the young boy, grows up and doesn’t come back for many years.

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by Sheryl Wall


Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return begins with Dorothy waking up in her Kansas home after the tornado. She finds that all of the town is packing up to move and even her family are thinking of moving instead of rebuilding because the Tornado left little undamaged. Meanwhile in Oz, the Lion, Scarecrow and the Tin Man call for Dorothy to return to again save OZ but this time from the Jester who also happens to be the Wicked Witch’s brother.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Movie Review

IN THE May 5 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This weekend The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened to mixed reviews but was top at the box office for the weekend. I have always loved super heroes, but I have to admit I’ve read very few comic books so I can’t attest to the accuracy of this reboot as compared to the comics–I can only judge this move on its own merits.

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Rio 2: Movie Review

IN THE April 21 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


Rio 2 is a sequel that starts up their story a few years after the first movie, Rio. Blu, Jewel and their three children are thought to be the only Spix’s Macaws left in existence. However, Blu’s former owner, Linda and her husband Tulio who is an ornithologist, discover that there may be more Spix’s living in the Amazon. When Jewel hears this, she wants to go and check it out for herself. Blu isn’t excited about the idea but goes along with it. Their friends, Nico, Rafeal, and Pedro, join Blu and his family as they head for the Amazon, although they are going more to look for talent for the upcoming carnival they want to put on.

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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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