Movies According to MKA: Students Turn Film Critics to Review the Latest Blockbusters

Skyfall is the latest installment of Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 movies, celebrating fifty years of the Bond franchise. Up to his usual exploits, James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) defeats the villain and saves the world, all while looking fresh in a blue suit. As with all great 007 movies, it is full of plot twists, killer fights, and extended chases. In Skyfall, the British intelligence agency MI6 is under attack. Someone has found the list of all the MI6 secret agents, and is slowly revealing their identities, putting everyone, including M, Bond’s boss, in danger. Break out the popcorn, because Skyfall is a must-see movie. –Madison Rivlin ‘15, Staff Writer

 

Life of Pi is the 3-D movie version of Yann Martel’s book Life of Pi. It is about a boy named Piscine, “Pi” for short, from Pondicherry, India. Sailing from Canada to India with his family and the animals from their zoo, the ship sinks and Pi finds himself on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger. Personally, I preferred the book because the plot line and themes were more meaningful and heartfelt, but the cinematography and the musical arrangements in the movie are breathtaking. –Madison Rivlin ‘15, Staff Writer

Silver Linings Playbook is a movie for everyone. There’s a love story, a dysfunctional family, and a dance scene, not to mention Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, oh, and Robert DeNiro. While Cooper and Lawrence are both well-known for their principal roles in past films, The Hangover and The Hunger Games, respectively, both show their depth and range as actors in their portrayals of the slightly insane, but endearing characters of Pat and Tiffany. Tragedy and humor come together, leaving audience members in that familiarly uncomfortable area between laughs and tears, and this movie certainly delivers the best of both worlds. Put this paper down and buy yourself a ticket! –Sarah Finn ‘13, Editor in Chief

 

In Argo, the year is 1979 and the U.S. is in the midst of the Iranian hostage crisis.  As militants storm the American Embassy in retaliation for sheltering Iran’s former Shah, several workers from the Embassy escape. The C.I.A. must figure out how to save the trapped citizens (led by actress and MKA alumna Kerry Bishé) from the grips of an unstable revolution. Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) is compelling throughout as a C.I.A. specialist who takes a team (notable members played by John Goodman and Alan Arkin) to Iran as they use a movie shoot as a front to rescue the Americans before they are captured. Argo will have you on the edge of your seat throughout and is definitely a must-see. –Aaron Stagoff-Belfort ‘14, Sports Editor

 

“Four score and seven years ago,” are the famous beginning words to Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery and brought our country into a new modern era. The movie Lincoln attempts to demonstrate the many struggles our great president encountered while trying to the pass the 13th Amendment. Though the movie is slow and a bit lifeless, it has its perks. The film is filled with interesting facts, remarkable history, and even a few surprises. Daniel Day Lewis’ performance as Lincoln is spectacular, along with those of Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Lincoln is perfect for all teachers and history buffs. –Gen Hughes ‘14, Staff Writer


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