‘Hunger Games’ breaks records, leaves out a few key points

In the not-so-distant future, America has fallen and through the rubble emerged Panem. This dystopian country is divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Katniss Everdeen lives struggling, starving and fatherless in District 12. Her problems become infinitely worse when her sister, Prim, is chosen in the Reaping to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death. Without hesitation, Katniss volunteers to go in place of her sister, her district's first volunteer in recent memory.


Enjoyable, but falls short; “Stand Up Guys” doesn’t quite get there

When you're given a script which calls for obvious, impending doom and you have a cast that includes Al Pacino and Christopher Walken it's best to just get out of the way and allow the magic to happen. However, in "Stand Up Guys" there's a sense that director Fisher Stevens was overreaching for something too complex and putting too many fingerprints on a canvas better left to the brush of the actors involved.
The story revolves around two friends, Val (Pacino) and Doc (Walken) who at one time decades ago were involved in organized crime. Val is being released from prison after serving a 28-year sentence in connection to a gunfight. Doc greets him outside the prison gate and a trip down memory lane ensues.


Classic Disney movies heading to campus

Let's take a trip back to 1999.  Every month, a new Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) premiered and instantly became a classic tale for elementary school students.  While these movies were the talk of the playground, in recent years they have become hard to find.  
Luckily for UNO students, classics like "Smart House," "The Color of Friendship" and "Brink!" are coming to campus, thanks to Maverick Productions.  
The student-run organization is looking to provide your DCOM fix with a Disney Channel Movie Series this semester. "Smart House" will kick off the series Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.
 


Rudd charms audiences in ‘Our Idiot Brother’

After a warm welcome at the Sundance Film Festival in January, "Our Idiot Brother" hit big screens across the country for the first time last Friday. But be warned, this is not your usual Paul Rudd comedy.


Tarantino could have taken more risks in “Django Unchained”

The last scene in "Django Unchained" (no spoilers, I promise) felt tone-deaf to me; it threw away any semblance of a point the movie had been trying to make. I wondered if Quentin Tarantino had begun parodying his own movies.
If you've seen it, you know what I mean.
 


A world at war: “Battle Los Angeles”

Fair warning - if your nerves are easily jangled, stay far away from the new action flick "Battle: Los Angeles." 15 minutes after the opening credits I was chewing at my fingernails. By the middle of the film, my hands were actually shaking. Right from the beginning, this movie takes off and doesn't let up until the final credits roll.


‘The Way’ depicts an inspiring journey

"Religion has nothing to do with this, nothing at all." A film about a 1,000-year-old pilgrimage rooted in Catholic tradition, "The Way" leaves proselytizing at the doorstep. It ventures out on the Camino de Santiago–the Way of Saint James–following Martin Sheen as Tom Avery, a 60-something Californian who travels to Spain to recover the body of his deceased son Daniel, played by real-life son and the film's director, Emilio Estevez.


‘Goonies’ still a classic

One of my favorite movies as a child, "The Goonies," is playing at Film Streams until Dec. 1. "The Goonies" is produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner. It's interesting to see Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kerri Green and Jeff Cohen as young actors in the 80s.