The Collegian

‘The 15:17 to Paris’: well-intentioned true life story disappoints

‘The 15:17 to Paris’: well-intentioned true life story disappoints

Ian Lack

February 14, 2018

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: F Heroism is a hard thing to commit to. Being able to put others before yourself and your safety is something to be respected. It’s seen in the people who donate their kidneys to strange...

‘Fifty Shades Freed’: viewers freed from lackluster trilogy

‘Fifty Shades Freed’: viewers freed from lackluster trilogy

Ian Lack

February 14, 2018

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: D- One of the miracles of capitalism is how it allows a market for almost anything. Paradoxically, one of the horrors of capitalism is how it allows a market for almost anything. For e...

‘Winchester’: true story squandered for cheap horror flick

‘Winchester’: true story squandered for cheap horror flick

Ian Lack

February 6, 2018

GRADE: D Is there nothing Helen Mirren can’t do? The Oscar-winning actress has portrayed English queens, assassins and animated creatures in a career that has lasted over 50 years. To be frank, she’s an English legend. But it appears one of the things she still has yet to successfully tra...

‘The Shape of Water’: monster movie makes for enchanting romance

‘The Shape of Water’: monster movie makes for enchanting romance

Ian Lack

February 6, 2018

GRADE: A On the surface, you wouldn’t expect a movie like “The Shape of Water” to be anything close to an awards film, one engineered to win Oscars and other such over-hyped recognition. The movie has a respectable cast: previous Oscar-nominee Sally Hawkins leads, and is joined by Octavi...

‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’: a strong(ish) end for film trilogy

‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’: a strong(ish) end for film trilogy

Ian Lack

January 31, 2018

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: C+ Young adult sci-fi novels peaked with “The Hunger Games” trilogy. Past that point, everything has been a bit downhill. We’ve had “Divergent,” “Mortal Instruments” and now ...

‘The Commuter’: fast, fun, flippant action ride

‘The Commuter’: fast, fun, flippant action ride

Ian Lack

January 24, 2018

GRADE: B- Who would have thought that 24 years after Liam Neeson was nominated for the best actor Oscar for “Schindler’s List” he would be starring in small action films like “The Commuter?” What’s really surprising is films like it are actually high points in Neeson’s career, and “T...

DC, Disney, Dinosaurs: Top 10 anticipated films of 2018

DC, Disney, Dinosaurs: Top 10 anticipated films of 2018

Ian Lack

January 24, 2018

Editor’s Note: This list was made subjectively by the reporter who viewed web traffic, fan interest, media attention and overall appeal for films being released later this year. 10. X-Men: Dark Phoenix - Nov. 2 “Dark Phoenix” takes the X-Men where they’ve never been before: space. While...

Top 10 films of 2017 make grand statements, tackle issues

Top 10 films of 2017 make grand statements, tackle issues

Ian Lack

January 17, 2018

Editor’s Note: This list was made subjectively and done by the reporter who viewed these films in the time available to them. Not every film from the year was seen, including those that received a limited release in select cities. 10. Wind River There were few more gruesome films released in 2017 th...

‘Murder on the Orient Express:’ whodunit mystery gone off-track

‘Murder on the Orient Express:’ whodunit mystery gone off-track

Ian Lack

November 15, 2017

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: C+ In today’s age of multi-million dollar blockbuster franchises, everyone is a detective. Everyone is able to pick up on plot holes within stories and inconsistencies in characters. Our mass co...

“Thor: Ragnarok”: a mix of thunderous gods and silly humor

“Thor: Ragnarok”: a mix of thunderous gods and silly humor

Ian Lack

November 8, 2017

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses.  GRADE: B- Thor has always been a strange character for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His first appearance in the Marvel films came in 2011, when his origin story was fleshed out at the sta...

“Jigsaw”: morally questionable and a torture to watch

“Jigsaw”: morally questionable and a torture to watch

Ian Lack

November 2, 2017

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: D+ I have no idea what compels people to watch “torture porn” horror films. Let’s be clear, I adore good horror films. But do I enjoy watching fictional people being put through an excess...

“Geostorm”: a disaster of a film, boring and predictable

“Geostorm”: a disaster of a film, boring and predictable

Ian Lack

October 25, 2017

Editor’s Note: The grading system used here is similar to the 10-point scale used in SDSU courses. GRADE: F Contrary to what people might think, most movie critics don’t enjoy reviewing horrible movies. It’s more fun to try to inspire people to see something new and exciting, something we’re...