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‘Insurgent’ continues a critically unwanted series

By Jacob Pierce, @JacobPierce1_DE

March 23, 2015

The Divergent series proves just because a film series gets a sequel, it does not mean it is good. There was a time when at least one movie in a franchise had to be critically engaging for another to come. Now as long as a movie ...

‘Unfinished Business’ is bankrupt of joy

By Jacob Pierce, Daily Egyptian

March 17, 2015

Vince Vaughn is almost at an Adam Sandler level of career stagnation. The actor has not made a critically successful film since “Into the Wild” in 2007. Vaughn has never been known for an extensive acting ability, but sin...

‘Chappie’ crosses too many wires

By Jacob Pierce, Daily Egyptian

March 16, 2015

Neil Blomkamp’s directing career has been a rocky road. It started with the high point, “District 9.” The film came out of nowhere, rising from the independent scene to being a Best Picture Academy Award contender and b...

‘The Lazarus Effect’ is a pulse pounding, heart stopper

By Jacob Pierce, @JacobPierce1_DE

March 4, 2015

Everyone has a film genre they gravitate toward. When commercials come on for these flicks, you decide you are going to see it, regardless of quality.I confess, horror movies fill that role in my life. Quality tends to only m...

‘Focus’ cannot hold attention

By Jacob Pierce, @JacobPierce1_DE

March 3, 2015

There seem to be two ways a heist movie is made. One way is to make the criminals the protagonists and the other is to split the limelight between the heisters and the people chasing them.Many problems with the genre tend to co...

‘McFarland’ sprints its way to mediocrity

By Jacob Pierce| @JacobPierce1_DE| Daily Egyptian

March 2, 2015

Kevin Costner has always played a niche role well. He failed in most serious work like “Waterworld” and “Thirteen Days,” but always found success as an athlete in “Field of Dreams,” and “Bull Durham.”Nowadays, Co...

‘The DUFF’ bullies audiences

By Jacob Pierce| @JacobPierce1_DE| Daily Egyptian

February 23, 2015

High school movies are a staple in the film industry. Aside from a few releases in the 1970s, the renaissances for these flicks came in the 1980s. The list goes on with classics like The John Hughes collection, “Heathers” and...

‘Hot Tub 2’ rehashes old formula

By Jacob Pierce, JacobPierce1_DE

February 22, 2015

“Hot Tub Time Machine.” The title alone states it is not a highbrow intellectual comedy, nor an explorative, slightly satirical science fiction film.The movie is stupid. Not in an insulting, demand-a-refund way, but in a lovable i...

‘Kingsman’ is high octane drug with no crash

By Jacob Pierce, JacobPierce1_DE

February 16, 2015

“X-Men: First Class” was a surprise hit. The film was given a death sentence early on by many critics for being pushed back from its release date. This was until audiences were captivated by director Matthew Vaughn’s st...

‘Fifty Shades’ of you should pay for something else

By Jacob Pierce| JacobPierce1_DE, Daily Egyptian

February 15, 2015

Sometimes, it is just better to rip off the bandage and get the pain over with.“Fifty Shades of Grey” (Rated R; 125 min) is offensive, poorly made and hard to watch.The movie is a romance drama directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson...

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