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Students plan summer fun in Louisville

By Peyton Combs

As summer time rolls around and the school year comes to an end, students and many people in Southern Indiana search for fun and entertaining activities in the community. Between the concerts, theme parks, and many attractions, Louisville offers a wide variety of summer fun that everyone can enjoy.

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Upcoming summer releases show promise

By Christian DiMartino

2015 has been a slow year for movies so far. My two favorite movies of the year so far are The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, It Follows, and Cinderella, so what does that tell you? (I did actually love those by the way). However, with that said, I have good news: the summer movie season is about to begin, and things are going to get better (well, for me at least, because I actually care). Here are the five movies I am looking forward to this summer.

The Goods

  1. Aloha (PG-13, May 29): How can I pass on this one? Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, all in a movie directed by the great Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire)? It sounds like cinematic heaven. With that said, not everything Crowe makes is great (cough cough Elizabethtown). Oh well. I think this could be his return to greatness.

 

  1. Irrational Man (Not Yet Rated, July 24): Last year when I made this list, I put Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight at the top of my list, because his previous movie, Blue Jasmine, was a knockout. I liked Magic in the Moonlight, but it was a letdown, so that is why I am placing his next film Irrational Man in the number four slot. However, I do have a decent amount of faith in this one. It is supposed to be a dramatic effort, and Allen’s dramatic work is dynamite. Not only that, it has two of my favorite actors, Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, as the leads. So, fingers crossed that this will be Allen’s next great film.

 

  1. Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation (Not Yet Rated, July 31): After the fourth installment, Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol, breathed new life into the franchise, I have hope that Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation will keep up the good work. Tom Cruise, judging from his last film, the excellent Edge of Tomorrow, still has it. The trailer, which doesn’t show much, looks marvelous. And lastly, Cruise dangles from the wing of a plane… without stuntmen. How can I pass that up? I cannot. Duh.

 

  1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (PG-13, May 1): I am not one of those people that was gaga about the first Avengers movie (I prefer The Dark Knight trilogy by a mile), but I will not lie: The Avengers: Age of Ultron looks awesome. Seriously, it does. It looks like a darker movie, and I like my comic book movies dark. Not only that, it looks like there is more story, considering the previous movie did not have one. So, in short, I cannot wait for the Avengers to assemble again.

 

  1. Jurassic World (Not Yet Rated, June 12): Jurassic World has been in the making for almost a decade, and honestly, the trailer looks spectacular. It looks just how I dreamed it would, but in this dream, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern are there. I would do a cartwheel if they all made cameos. Either way, nothing is keeping me from seeing Jurassic World on its opening day.


Well, there you have it. There are others I am looking forward to, such as Fantastic Four, Tomorrowland, and Poltergeist, to name a few. I also hope that Terminator: Genisys is not total garbage (but it probably will be). This could either be a great summer for movies, or a bad one. We shall see.

Columnist critiques movies of summer 2013

By Christian DiMartino

The summer movie season is wrapping up, and after seeing 20 movies, it is about time for a summary. Yes, there were some that I missed out on, from blockbusters (The Wolverine, Pacific Rim) to indie hits (Blue Jasmine, The Bling Ring). But summer is over, and it is time to move on. Here are the high and low points of summer 2013. *Note* If Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra was considered an actual movie (it was an HBO movie), it would certainly make the list.

The Best

5. Before Midnight: Most probably do not even know what this is, and it is a pity. Richard Linklater’s third chapter in the Before Sunrise trilogy is one of the best written and acted movies of the year so far. This time around, it has become more obvious that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have developed into bona fide actors. Yes, the movie is a talk fest, but it is worth it.

4. The Conjuring: The Conjuring is a movie that has been done before, but not much better. It is a good old fashioned haunted house movie that takes its time delivering the chills, rather than constantly making the audience jump. It also helps when actors as good as Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, and Lili Taylor are involved. It is not the scariest movie, but it is among the best of its kind.

3. Iron Man 3: Iron Man 3, the first movie of the summer, kicked the summer off right. Often hilarious, with Robert Downey, Jr. doing what he does best, making people laugh, not to mention the  special effects, Iron Man 3 is a total blast.

2. The Great Gatsby: Ignore the critics. Baz Luhrman’s latest film is a visual marvel that captures the era and the essence of the novel well. Gorgeous and well acted, The Great Gatsby is as enchanting as movies get. Leonardo DiCaprio and crew could not have done better. Great job, old sport.

1. Star Trek Into Darkness:  J.J. Abrams’ previous Star Trek movie found a new fan (guess who?). After waiting four long years , the sequel finally came along, and it was well worth the wait. Star Trek Into Darkness puts the word “spectacle” into “spectacular.” The visual effects are marvelous and there are some nice references to previous movies. But what the crew really nails is letting the audience know these characters better, especially Spock (the terrific Zachary Quinto). Besides Quinto, the best actor involved is Benedict Cumberbatch, who steals the show as the villain. Star Trek 3 can’t come sooner.

Honorable Mentions: This is the End, Man of Steel, Monsters University

The Worst

After Earth: Of 20 movies, none of them deserved annihilation as much as this one. M Night Shamylan’s latest disaster is a 100-minute talk fest rather than a cool sci-fi movie. It is incredibly dull, and if Will Smith does not look interested, the movie is doomed from the start. The saddest thing about it is that it is not even Shamylan’s worst (Reigning champion: The Last Airbender).

Most Surprising

Tie: Fast & Furious 6 and The Hangover Part III: After giving up on both franchises, it is nice to say that both movies were pleasantly surprising. The well-reviewed Fast & Furious 6 is dumb fun, and proud of it. The poorly reviewed Hangover Part III is a bit different from its predecessors, and it is for the best. It is not as wild, but it is still funny and it ties the trilogy together well. Neither movie is amazing, but both are better than expected.

Most Disappointing

Kick Ass 2: It is sad to say that The Lone Ranger, which was torn apart by the world, was better than Kick Ass 2. The first hour of it lives up to the original. It is funny and fun, and Chloe Grace Moretz steals the show once again as the foul mouthed Hit Girl. But the sequel takes a wrong turn in the last 40 minutes, and it is a turn for the worst. It is also a waste of what could have been a great Jim Carrey performance. At the end of the day, it is a wasted opportunity.

Well, there it is. This summer was not the best. But it was a decent one. There were only two bad movies the entire summer, and some were borderline bad but shamefully enjoyable (White House Down, The Lone Ranger). It was also a good summer for comedies, such as This is the End, The Heat, and We’re the Millers. All this summer needed was another Batman movie and it could have been perfect. If the summer didn’t meet expectations, there is still a lot to look forward to in the rest of the year, such as The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Gravity, and Her. Count me in.