The Amazing Spider-Meh Improves on Previous Film; it’s Only too Bad the Villain Blue

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Matthew Hoemke | Staff Writer

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: B-

The plucky web-crawler slings his web into theaters for the fifth time in twelve years and boy is it feeling derivative. The story finds Peter Parker in a will they/won’t they romance with his lady love, Spider-Man facing off with his occasionally psychotic best friend, and matching wits with super villains writ with the complexity of a doily.  None of this is new ground to be covered.

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Shields Up! The Star Spangled Avenger Delivers Quite a Punch

Matthew Hoemke | Staff Writer

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier: A-

The Captain America sequel is easily the best of Marvel’s Phase II line so far. The film offers not only excellent action set pieces, but also real engaging drama as the stakes are raised against Cap and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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A Look Back at Spider-Man

Matthew Hoemke | Staff Writer

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With a summer full of sequels, prequels and remakes We here at The Century Times thought we’d take readers on a journey back through various franchises to refresh audiences on their filmic origins.  Up first, and kicking the summer into full gear is The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Let’s take a look back at the series shall we?

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Ready for Another 300 Movie? Yeah, Me Neither

Matthew Hoemke | Staff Writer

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300: Rise of an Empire – F

This is the filmic equivalent of explosive diarrhea.  If you enjoy watching geysers of digital blood, plenty of pointless nudity (often featuring the rape of women, while children are forced to watch no less), clearly green-screened sets posing as actual locations, and too much testosterone, then this is the movie for you.

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The Best and Worst of 2013: Films

Matthew Hoemke | Staff Writer

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Last year brought a wealth of quality historical dramas such as The Butler and 12 Years a Slave, imaginative comedies such as This is the End and Movie 43, as well as some riveting thrillers, namely, The Prisoners. Unfortunately there were several mundane films as well. The big summer blockbusters were chief among the bland (which was a departure from the predominantly excellent blockbusters 2012 had to offer). So, what were the best and worst films of the year? Here’s my list of the ten best, and five worst of what 2013 had to offer:

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A Fire that Rages On, and On, and On, and on…and on…

Matthew Hoemke | Staff Writer

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire : B

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Set almost immediately after the first film closes, Katniss returns home to District 12 a so called victor, but rather than victory, she instead feels trauma from the games. Katniss tries to reacclimatize to her former life and friendships, while also keeping up the faux-love story with Peeta as presented in The Hunger Games. The problem is that Katniss and Peeta sparked defiance in members of the districts and that spark is swiftly growing into a flame.

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A Plaza Theater Update

Renee Cortez | Staff Writer

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It is official. The Plaza Theater switched ownership on October 31, 2013. Nathan Block said his goodbyes. However, this is not the end of the Plaza as many have come to believe.

According to the Plaza Theater FAQ sheet from Woodland Hills Church, “It has never been the church’s plan to close the theater, and we hope it can remain open for many years to come.”  The church’s Senior Pastor Greg Boyd affirmed this statement, “We have no intention to close the Plaza, and never have! We’re looking forward to many more years of affordable entertainment for our neighborhood. That means the same kind of movies and $2 tickets.” In fact, he also stated that Woodland Hills has exciting things planned for the theater as well as using the building for church programs. He assured, “NONE of those will interfere with the movie operations. Our priority is to keep the theater open and showing movies with the same schedule people have become used to.”

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Asgardian Avenger Returns with Thunderous Applause

Matthew Hoemke | Staff Writer

Thor: The Dark World B+

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The hero with a golden mane swings his mighty hammer once more in this thrilling follow-up to Thor and The Avengers. In the film, Thor must travel to nine mythological realms to create peace in the aftermath of his brother Loki’s terrible crimes from the two previous films. Along the way, Thor learns that a threat that everyone in Asgard believed had been vanished has returned once more. What is worse, the threat has latched itself to Thor’s Earthly love-buddy Jane Foster and could prove fatal. Times are desperate and the citizens of Asgard must now turn to Loki for assistance in these trying times.

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A Cheerful Movie?! It’s About Time!

Matthew Hoemke | Staff Writer

Final Grade: A

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Director Richard Curtis delivers a wonderful, albeit delightful surprise with his latest film; a movie that is genuinely cheerful. It is so rare to be able to go to the movies these days and see a powerfully uplifting film that carries such a wonderful message.

The film follows a young man, excellently played by Domhnall Gleeson, who discovers that the men in his family have the ability to travel back in time to specific moments in their lives so as to perfect their future. He uses his ability to woo the girl of his dreams and develop a stronger relationship with his father.

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Bloody Disappointing, But Let’s Not Get Carried Away with the Puns

Matthew Hoemke | Staff Writer

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Final Grade: D+

This derivative remake of the classic Stephen King tale has moments of real quality but often falls flat. It’s almost as if it is handled with the same care of a Scy-Fy Channel original. If nothing else, the film feels like a TV movie version of the telekinetic girl vs. high school in-crowd that has pleased audiences twice before (once as an actual TV movie).

Why does this remake exist?  Essentially, to update the special effects. But the thing is that Carrie’s abilities are telekinetic, and thus invisible. It is really an update for the sake of the audio department. Sure, there are some cool shots of blood magically rising from Carrie’s body at the prom (that is foreshadowed well in the film’s opening credit, I might add), and a few grisly CSI-style deathblow shots, but they are ultimately pointless and add nothing to the film (or the films that came before for that matter).

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