New Movie Reviews from J-D Students

January 11, 2017

Steven Baker and Nick Mannion

Staff Writers

Caution*****:These reviews may contain spoilers

The months of December and January have been very productive for the film industry. One movie that people have been raving about is “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. This movie is apart of one of the most popular movie series of all time: “Star Wars.” “This is one of my favorite ‘Star Wars’ movies,” said junior Markos Pektopolous. Besides “Rogue One” there have been many other movies that have come out, including “Why Him?” 

In a not so long time ago, in a movie theater that is not that far away, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” premiered. This blockbuster has been a very anticipated movie,  “I was looking forward to seeing ‘Rogue One’ for a very long time, (and) I enjoyed it,” said junior Anthony Ciccone. “Rogue One” is a little different than the other films in the “Star Wars” saga because it takes place in between two movies, “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” and “Episode IV: A New Hope”. Having “Rogue One” be a prequel to the original movies sparked some people’s interest, including sophomore Pat Murad. “I really liked the timing of the movie, it helped keep the plot interesting,” said Murad.

This new entry to the “Star Wars” saga features an all new cast and characters, with a few exceptions. They brought back James Earl Jones to voice the iconic movie character Darth Vader.  “I loved how they brought him back he has a very intimidating voice, that is perfect for Darth Vader,” said sophomore Haleigh Summers. Some people enjoyed the new cast including junior Corey Rinaldi; “I like the new characters including the blind guy (Chirrut Imwe played by Donnie Yen).” 

With every “Star Wars” movie there are surprises, plot twists, and absolutely unexpected scenes, and Rogue One definitely delivered on this. Many people were surprised with Rogue One ending with essentially all the main characters in the movie dying. “I thought it was a little ridiculous that by the end of the movie essentially all the main characters were killed off. I knew that the this was a prequel movie but, I didn’t think it was necessary for them all to die,” said sophomore Ben Wright.      


Along with “Rogue One” many new movies premeired in December. One new movie students at Jamesville-DeWitt High School have been raving about is “Why Him?”, staring James Franco and Brian Cranston. This movie is about a father (Brian Cranston) that is visiting his daughter (Zoey Deutch) at Stanford University. While there, he meets his daughter’s wild billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). The father, Ned disapproves of the boyfriend, Laird’s free spirited, crazy ways, and becomes even more concerned when he finds out Laird plans to ask his daughter to marry him. “This is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time,” said senior Mikey Yonta, “James Franco does an awesome job with his character.” Sophomore Darien Oliva agreed with Yonta. “I loved this movie, I would definitely recommend it to people who like funny movies,” said Oliva.