Fall movie reviews: Don't miss 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Written by: 
Matthew Roberts ~ Multimedia Journalist

From the many films coming out this fall, here are some that Ke Alaka‘i writer Matthew Roberts wrote short reviews about.

“Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
No. 1 on the list of fall movies is the second part of the thrilling, best selling saga, “The Hunger Games.” This movie is arguably the most anticipated movie of this fall season as fans of the book series wait to see “Catching Fire” on the big screen. With new director, Francis Lawrence (director of I Am Legend), this movie promises to be just as good as the first part, remaining true to the book. “Catching Fire” throws Katniss and Peta back into the arena as The Capitol seeks to squash the rebellion that has began to ignite throughout the Districts of Panem. “I read the books and they were really good,” said freshman Jessica Smith, a Psychology major from Kent Washington. “I’m stoked to see the movie and how it will play out.”

“Thor: The Dark World”
The Marvel sagas continue with second part in the Thor chronicles. This time, Thor is pitted again Asgardian warrior Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) who ignites an intergalactic war that threatens not only Asgard, but Earth as well. Thor is forced to embark on his most dangerous mission yet and must ask for help from his revenge-seeking brother, Loki. “I’m a huge ‘Avengers’ fan and I just have high hopes to see it,” replied Pablo Coro, a junior EXS major from Chile.

“Last Vegas”
Though the theme of another bachelor party in Vegas movie may seem repetitive, the star-studded senior cast of Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Kline, promises to be something worth watching. In the movie, these long-time friends reunite for a bachelor party in Vegas as Billy, played by Michael Douglas, prepares to get married. The movie is sure to be a great combination of comedy and high-quality acting as these four Oscar Winning legends get together for the first time. “It actually seems [like] real life,” commented junior Trent Hardy, a business major from South Jordan, Utah, “it has great actors and looks to be clean comedy.”

This Disney movie could go either way, but I am optimistic considering this movie has the same creators as instant Disney classic “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph.” The new Disney musical is based off the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Snow Queen”, in which Anna team up with Kristoff and comical snowman Olaf in a journey to find Anna’s sister, Queen Elsa and save the Kingdom from eternal winter.

“Delivery Man”
Admittedly the prospect of a movie that is about a father of 533 people may seem too bizarre to be any good, but throw actor Vince Vaughn in the mix, and the movie instantly has a greater chance. Delivery Man tells the story of a man who, after years of getting nowhere in life, is confronted with the dilemma of a lifetime. Years after anonymously donating sperm, he finds out that he is the now father of 533 children, 142 of which are suing to discover his identity. This movie has great potential of not only being a good comedy, but it could also be a heart warming, feel-good, story.

“The Book Thief”
Based on the best selling novel by Marcus Zuzak, “The Book Thief,” tells the story of a little girl in Nazi Germany who has been adopted into a new family. Thrown into the middle of a Nazi Germany she learns the power and hope that can come from books as she fights to protect her family. It has the potential of being a powerful and inspirational movie.

“Captain Phillips”
Tom Hanks takes the starring role in this movie that depicts the true story of Captain Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. The movie tells of the story of the hijacking, kidnapping, and subsequent rescue of Captain Phillips. It is sure to be an intense thriller and eye-opening movie.

What would happen if an astronaut were lost in space? This movie explores the answer to that question. Gravity portrays the experience of Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), who after a dangerous run-in with space debris find themselves lost 372 miles above earth, with no oxygen, no air pressure, and no gravity.

Parkland captures the untold stories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The movie brings together the personal accounts of regular people suddenly caught in the middle of one of the most astonishing moments in United States history: young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, the cameraman who captured the most watched piece of film in history, and the FBI and Secret Service agents who nearly had the killer in their hands. The movie brings together a star-studded line-up including Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti and Marcia Gay Harden.

“Ender’s Game”
People on campus are also looking forward to seeing “Ender’s Game,” taken for the book written by LDS author Orson Scott Card and stars Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield who play Ender Wiggin, a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite International Military at Battle School. Ender quickly learns difficult war games and becomes entangled in a world battle against an alien race.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug”
Another is “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,” starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis. It is the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien and comes out in December.