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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

 

Movie poster (Screenshot by/ Daphne Mendez)

Movie poster
(Screenshot by/ Daphne Mendez)

By: Daphne Mendez

The spirit of the SpongeBob television show remains true in the movie. Just like in the show, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is cheerful with random jokes and enjoyable plot twists. The humor has definitely not changed and keeps viewers entertained.

The amusing movie will have children intrigued when SpongeBob goes on a mission to recover a stolen recipe known as the Krabby Patty Formula, which leads to him jumping out of the water and battling the villainous pirate who has stolen it. SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton, who he first thought had stolen the recipe, are now working together to retrieve it.

Patrick, Sandy, Mr.Krabbs, and Squidward come along for the ride and see how life is above sea level. They meet new people and new animated characters such as talking dolphins and seagulls. The movie, however, did not take place out of the water as much as it showed in the movie trailers.

Some of the scenes in the movie were a mess and didn’t add up; like how SpongeBob and his friends can magically come out of water and breathe air with no problem at all.

Above sea level, life isn’t that great or interesting; until the characters read a magical book that makes stories come true. SpongeBob and his friends then became 2D superheros.

Paul Tibbitt, the director of the movie, put a lot of odd obstacles in the plot of the movie, such as the stolen recipe and superhero theme.

In the movie SpongeBob’s voiceover is by Tom Kenny, Patrick’s voiceover is by Bill Fagerbakke, Squidward’s voiceover is by Roger Bumpass, Plankton’s voiceover is by Douglas Osowski, and Sandy’s voiceover is by Carol Lawrence. The characters’ voiceovers are by the same people who were involved with the first SpongeBob movie.

The new SpongeBob movie is rated PG with a run time of 92 minutes. The movie deserves three out of five stars because of the unusual plot, goofy jokes and its suitability to all ages, but it doesn’t deserve five stars because of its corniness and how some parts in the movie were boring and dragged. Overall the movie was not that bad and kept the viewer’s attention when the characters were in action.

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Clue: The Movie

 

Clue is on Netflix (Photo by/ Mykaela Bell)

Clue is on Netflix
(Photo by/ Mykaela Bell)

By: Mykaela Bell

The movie Clue made in 1985 was established off a board game that was a big hit. All the characters are based off the board game except the maid, who is an extra player.

The movie is quite similar to the board game and includes all the same rooms, weapon and characters.

Characters are Miss Scarlet played by Lesley Ann Warren, Mrs. White played by Madeline Kahn, Mrs. Peacock played by Eileen Brennan, Colonel Mustard played by Martin Mull, Mr. Green played by Michael McKean and Professor Plum played by Christopher Lloyd.

These people are invited to a house on a hill and end up murdering other people who know their incriminating “secrets.”

The end of the movie is quite complex but eventually the correct ending, which is unexpected, plays out. This and all the other parts in the plot lead to the surprise ending and make the movie great and enjoyable.

The three ending options make it look like one person killed all six people, but in reality in the end they are all murderers.

The suspense and all of the surprises at the end were great. Anyone who enjoys murder mysteries or shocking endings could order the movie online, or find it on Netflix or YouTube. Clue: The Movie deserves three and a half stars out of five because of its complexity.

The Purge: Anarchy

Participants of the Annual Purge (Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech )

Participants of the Annual Purge
(Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech )

 

By: Kenna Beech  

The horror film, The Purge, left thousands in fear of a real life “Purge” happening. The first movie, released in 2013, involved a single family trying to stay alive during the annual Purge, where all crime including murder, is legal from 7 p.m. on March 21st to 7 a.m. on March 22.

The husband hid his family behind an expensive home security system that he had invented to keep those who could afford it safe from the violence taking place outside.

No violence is allowed throughout the year, so on this specific day, every year, people are permitted to act violently and do each other harm, up to and including murder. There is no medical help or 911 calls during this twelve hour period.

That movie was followed up by The Purge: Anarchy, released last July and directed by James Demonaco. It has a dystopian theme set in the future under an anarchist system where there is political and social disorder due to a lack of government control.

The first scene opens hours before the annual purge begins, at a couple’s broken down car. Stuck on the street, Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez) find themselves fighting for their lives from those who are using this day to cleanse themselves. This film, however, takes a turn when the lower class, who can’t afford to buy protection, fights back.

The movie then skipped to another scene, where a poor family’s father offers to sacrifice himself so a rich family can cleanse themselves while staying safe inside on the night of the Purge. In return, the family will “supposedly” give a large sum of money to this man’s family so they don’t have to struggle every day.

No one is safe. Assailants destroy the building the poor family is living in. So the mother, Eva (Carmen Ejogo) and her daughter Cali (Zoe Soul) escape from the house but are quickly captured. A police sergeant Leo (Frank Grillo), who is active in the purge because he is taking out his revenge on a man who drove drunk and killed his son, sees the two women struggling to escape from the assailants, and decides to save their lives.

When they return to the police car, they find Shane and Liz hiding in the back seat. The five team up and are forced to roam the streets in a pack in order to survive.

They are followed by the same bloodthirsty bikers, who intend to kill them and were the original cause of the couple’s car breaking down in the first place. Escape is almost impossible as the night becomes dawn.

The 103 minute movie was given an R rating for its violence and language. It deserves four out of five stars for its intense action scenes and the fear factor.

Tammy

Tammy Up to No Good (Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech)

Tammy Up to No Good
(Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech)

By: Kenna Beech

Many comedies were released last summer. On July 2, 2014, Tammy, directed by Ben Falcone, made for an appealing go-see movie. The overall outline of the movie by theaters that were showcasing it described it in this single sentence.

“After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, Tammy hits the road with her profane hard-drinking grandmother.”

The stars of the movie Melissa McCarthy (Tammy), Susan Sarandon (grandmother), and Kathy Bates (friend of grandmother) make for a hilarious trio.

At the beginning of the movie Tammy loses everything in a short period of time and spirals downwards. Tammy wants to escape the life she is surrounded by, and her diabetic grandmother agrees. Tammy and her grandmother take her mother’s car and begin a journey fraught with alcohol and its effects.

With only $6,000 to the grandmother’s name, the two set off to wherever the road takes them. Tammy quickly learns that the grandmother has a severe drinking problem and doesn’t take her meds. The two find themselves blowing through money and quickly find themselves in trouble with the law.

Tammy’s grandmother finds it hilarious to make Tammy miserable when she’s drunk by name calling or embarrassing her. It’s bittersweet when Tammy finds herself in an unwanted situation where she ends up falling for a man she unwillingly met at a bar because of her grandmother’s promiscuity with the man’s father.

However, Tammy finds herself struggling to free her grandmother from these situations.

Tammy and her grandmother are separated by an altercation with the police and her grandmother is put in prison. She is worried for her because she doesn’t have her pills, so she robs a local food joint for money to post bail.

Tammy is proof that when under pressure, people go to extreme lengths for a family member. The movie takes a twist when Tammy takes her grandmother’s place in prison for breaking the law.

The movie is an hour and 37 minutes long, and as a cute comedy, it earns four out of five stars for its enjoyable plot.

22 Jump Street

Jenko and Schmidt running from Ghost (Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech)

Jenko and Schmidt running from Ghost
(Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech)

By: Kenna Beech

Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) are back in another Jump Street movie, released last June; this action-packed thrill-seeker takes place after the first movie where Jenko and Schmidt were responsible for finding out who was supplying drugs to people.

As undercover police officers working for Captain Dickson (Ice Cube), they take on the role of college students to find out who the drug suppliers are on campus.

This two hour comedy, 22 Jump Street, was directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord who made sure this movie didn’t have the same plot as the last.

The duo is sent to investigate a drug called Whyphy and the only suspect that they are able to connect the drug with is a person with a tattoo on his arm. This time, instead of working together, Jenko and Schmidt’s partnership is put to the test when they both meet people with whom they share common interests. They find themselves caught up in college life and split up for a while.

Schmidt becomes involved with a girl, Maya (Amber Stevens), who is an art major and turns out to be Dickson’s daughter. He didn’t know this until after they had hooked up. Jenko encounters a football athlete Zook (Wyatt Russell), who isn’t a fan of Schmidt but wants to share career opportunities with Jenko.

However, the two decide to come together and do one last mission. Schmidt is in the library by himself when he notices suspicious activity. Ghost (Peter Stormare), the protagonist, spots him and recognizes him as a policeman. The mission turns into colossal chaos when Dickson is brought into it.

This movie was given an R rating for its language and violence. 22 Jump Street deserves five out of five stars for its comedic situations and action.

The Maze Runner Review

 

James Dashner’s novel inspired the motion picture (Photo by/Rose McDermott)

James Dashner’s novel inspired the motion picture
(Photo by/Rose McDermott)

By: Rose McDermott

The movie adaption of James Dashner’s dystopian novel, The Maze Runner, premiered last September in more than 3,000 theaters nationwide.

Rated PG-13 for its violence and disturbing images, it was directed by Wes Ball and stars teen heartthrob Dylan O’Brien, who plays a teenage boy, Thomas, who finds himself trapped in a box that’s quickly rising. The box comes to a shuddering stop and is opened quickly from the top, shining bright light on the confused young man.

As he is helped out of the box by strange boys, he takes in his surroundings and immediately starts to run. He trips and the other boys catch up to him, and begin the long task of explaining how he arrived in his new home, the Glade. Thomas is confused because no one seems to know very much; the only thing they remember is their own names.

As Thomas begins to understand his prison, so does the viewer. The Glade is surrounded by massive stone walls that partially open during the day to let “Runners,” out into a large maze that changes every night. The boys are attempting to find a way out of the maze but the Creators of the maze have made escape hopeless.

After Thomas arrives, things begin to change. A girl,Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), is brought up in the box, which has never before happened, and two boys survive a night in the maze, which was thought to be impossible. Hope of finding a way out suddenly flourishes within the trapped boys

Thomas refuses to accept his own fate and pushes the limits of the rules and the other boys in the Glade follow. When they realize he is more willing to take risks than the rest of them, many of the boys become afraid, but others admire him for his bravery.

One boy, Gally (Will Poulter), does not like Thomas from the beginning and terrorizes him throughout the movie by bullying him and acting out against him. Others, like, Chuck (Blake Cooper) and Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) stick with him even through all of his problems including breaking the rules of the Glade and devising a plan to escape.

Every move the teenagers make is in the hopes of escaping the maze and finding out what or who transported them there. They intend to destroy the creators of their prison and find a way back to civilization.

This movie was impressive in both its exceptional acting and unusual plot line. However, it differed from the book in many ways, which took away from the overall effect. Only one of the large stone doors to the maze opened every day whereas in the book, all four opened daily.

Also the Gladers didn’t receive a serum to help with pain from a sting from the Grievers, monsters that live in the maze, until the movie was almost over, but in the book, they were given it from the beginning. This helped the leaders save more people from grief and pain throughout the book.

Production of The Maze Runner cost an estimated $34 million and the movie made a little over $32 million in its first weekend. Because of the high turnout for the first movie, shooting for the second movie, The Scorched Trials, will begin soon and be released in 2015.

The Maze Runner deserves four out of five stars for its realistic acting and riveting plot line.