‘The perfect final goodbye to Mass Effect’

Nevin Jones | writer Strap on your N7 armor and prepare for some fun, because “Mass Effect 3: Citadel” is a blast. BioWare has finally delivered a worthy add-on to its epic conclusion, which brims with action and endless laughs. “Citadel” is a final love note that all fans of the “Mass Effect” series will enjoy. This downloadable content (DLC) features fan-service to the highest degree, and I do not mean that as a negative. People have spent six long years with this series while growing attached to the characters along the way. It seems only fitting that BioWare’s last DLC with this group of characters brings them together for one final hurrah. At the…

Royal bones: King’s skeleton found in English parking lot

Todd Miller | reporter The last place you’d expect to find a centuries-old king of England is under a parking lot. Last August, archeologists uncovered a battle-worn skeleton, under a parking lot, in Leicester, England. After comparing the skeleton against historical records, as well as comparing its DNA with two descendants, the scientists and historians working with the skeleton believe they have positive proof, “beyond reasonable doubt,” that the skeleton is none other than the believed lost body of King Richard III. Richard III is infamously remembered through the words of writers who knew him during his short reign in the 1480s, especially in one of Shakespeare’s plays, named for the king. “I believe that…

‘Warm Bodies’ warm hearts

Todd Miller | writer With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time for theaters to get hit with a wave of romantic films to entertain couples. At the tip of this wave is “Warm Bodies,” an average romantic comedy with a new twist. Based on the 2011 novel by Issac Marion, R (Nicholas Hoult) is your typical young man who has fallen in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer). R is trying to be a better person and show his feelings to Julie. There’s a catch: R is a zombie who craves the flesh and brains of living people, like Julie’s boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco). But Julie is special and sparks a change within R, making…

Hansel & Gretel’s Witch Hunters (2013)

Epic fail of a fairytale; ‘Witch Hunters’ proves mediocre Todd Miller | writer After the success of “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Hollywood seems to be going out of its way to revamp classic fairy tales. This trend includes films like the upcoming “Jack the Giant Slayer” and the recently released “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.” However, unlike “Hunstman,” the latter takes the novelty out of the idea and doesn’t offer anything new. In fact, it makes the whole idea of retelling fairy tales seem like an entirely bad idea. The movie’s plot essentially asks, “What ever happened to Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) after they burned the witch in the candy cottage?”…

Movie Review: Mama (2013)

Jessica Chastian, Isabelle Nelisse and Megan Carpenter in "Mama" (Universal).

‘Mama’ scares: Supernatural drama ‘calm, creepy, dramatic,’ 77% Todd Miller | Writer In only watching the trailer for “Mama,” I expected the film to be an hour and a half of horror clichés, one after another. However, “Mama” is also produced by the same man who directed and produced “Pan’s Labrynth,” so I was willing to give it a shot. I was glad to find that the film held a pleasant surprise. The movie starts with two little girls being taken to the woods by their father, where he intends to kill them and himself. But their father suddenly goes missing, and the girls are left alone in the woods for five years. After they’re…

Film Review: Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

"Wreck-It Ralph" (2012, Disney/Buena Vista)

‘Ralph’ not a wreck: Great gamer movie provides laughs for all ages, 5/5 stars Todd Miller | Collegio Writer As someone who enjoys video games and gaming culture, I understood “Wreck-It Ralph” had the potential to be entertaining or depressingly disappointing. I can say that “Wreck-It Ralph” exceeded my expectations, and built itself on such strong storytelling, visual and entertaining foundation, that even Ralph could not tear it down. Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the villain in the arcade platforming game “Fix-It Felix Jr.” Although his game has been plugged-in for 30 years, Ralph has been losing his steam as the game’s bad guy, becoming jealous of the game’s protagonist, “Fix-It” Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer)….

Film Review: Frankenweenie (2012)

Victor Frankenstien and Sparky in Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" (2012, Disney).

Burton’s latest is good, not great, 3.5/5 Todd Miller | Collegio Writer Monster movies returned last week with the release of “Frankenweenie,” an animated remake of an older Tim Burton movie by the same name. The non-animated version was released in 1984, but Disney felt the movie was too scary for children and it was aired only in the UK. After Burton’s other successful films, however, Disney finally released “Frankenweenie” on home video in 1994. Burton gets further retribution in this new animated release, which he also directed. The 2012 “Frankenweenie” is also a feature-length movie, unlike the 30-minute original. Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a young, shy boy who is attached to his dog,…

Film Review: Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Dracula (Adam Sandler) and Mavis (Selena Gomez) in Genndy Tartokofsky's "Hotel Transylvania (2012, Sony Pictures Animation).

Fun for young and old Todd Miller | Collegio Writer If you took the charm and whimsy of Dr. Seuss and combined it with the eeriness and “gothicism” of Tim Burton, you would get something like “Hotel Transylvania.” It’s always great when a movie reaches my high expectations, and “Hotel Transylvania” did just that. It didn’t excel beyond my hopes, but it certainly was as good as I had hoped. “Hotel Transylvania” was built by Dracula (Adam Sandler) as a safe haven for monsters around the world to get away from the threat of persecution by humans. It was also built to protect his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), from the world he believed too dangerous…

Film Review: Dredd (2012)

Karl Urban ("Star Trek") as Judge Dredd in "Dredd" (Lionsgate).

“Dredd” revival tries too hard, 3/5 stars. Todd Miller | Collegio Writer After last week’s disappointment, I was treated this week to a well-handled action movie that heralds the beginning of the fall-winter movie season. That movie is “Dredd.” “Dredd” is a revival of the “Judge Dredd” character from the British comic of the same name from the magazine, “2000 AD.” A Judge Dredd movie was released in 1995, starring Sylvester Stallone. Although “Dredd” is not related to its 1995 counterpart, it is a reintroduction of the character to more contemporary audiences and certainly an improvement over its 17-year-old cousin. “Judge Dredd (1995)” was a fairly decent film, but was overplayed and silly enough that…

Movie Review: Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice (Milla Jovovich) dispatches a zombie in "Resident Evil: Retribution" (Screen Gems/Sony, 2012).

‘Retribution’ adds nothing to series, 1.5/5 stars Todd Miller | Collegio Writer The big summer releases are behind us and the holiday season releases are still a month away, meaning new releases right now are mostly shallow tripe, like “Resident Evil: Retribution.” The film is a sequel to “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” and it is part of the “Resident Evil” series. “Retribution” makes this clear, spending the first 20 minutes recapping the whole series and showing a battle that should’ve taken place in the previous movie … twice. After the battle, Alice (Milla Jovovich) finds herself captured in an unknown location, where she is interrogated by Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), a former ally who seems to…