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Michael Brun

Michael Brun

Michael Brun is an alumnus of UW-River Falls.

May 4, 2012

‘The Raid’ features blood bath, martial arts

Action movies tend to have a comedic element, something to keep the violence from getting too heavy. The Indonesian import “The Raid: Redemption” is an exception. It’s dark and unapologetically violent, often feeling more like horror than an action movie.

April 27, 2012

‘Lockout’ doesn’t stand out from the crowd

Sometimes you just feel like fast food. “Lockout” is the cinematic equivalent of a big, greasy cheeseburger— not of the highest quality, but a whole lot of fun.

April 20, 2012

‘Cabin in the Woods’ disappoints as horror film

Did you catch all of the inside jokes in “Shaun of the Dead?” Do you have a favorite gore makeup artist? Is there an “Evil Dead” poster in your bedroom? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then odds are you will like “The Cabin in the Woods.”

April 13, 2012

Lighting expected to make back trail safer

It is officially called the back trail, but students know it by another name: the rape trail. After years of planning, this unlit pathway behind UW-River Falls could have lights installed along it as early as next spring, a University administrator said.

April 13, 2012

‘The Killing’ leaves fans wondering what comes next

Last year’s finale of the new AMC series “The Killing” caused an Internet firestorm over a last-minute revelation that basically made the entire season seem like a waste of time. That’s right, the whole first season was a red herring.

April 6, 2012

ʻWrathʼ disappoints much like its prequel

There were a lot of things wrong with 2010’s “Clash of the Titans,” none of which were fixed in the sequel. “Wrath of the Titans” is just as dull and aimless as its predecessor, and the 3D effects are every bit as disastrous.

March 30, 2012

ʻThe Hunger Gamesʼ has the odds in its favor

There were several times while watching “The Hunger Games” when I asked myself, “Wait, what?”

March 23, 2012

‘21 Jump Street’ fails to stand out in theaters

Combine “Superbad” with “Police Academy” and you get “21 Jump Street.” This self-referential, mostly irreverent action/comedy is good for some solid laughs, but tired gags and a few too many flat jokes hold it back from greatness.

March 2, 2012

‘Act of Valor’ unlike any other movie experience

I’m finding it hard to fit “Act of Valor” into a specific genre. It is certainly a war movie, although a rare breed that defends military action as honorable and necessary. It also features a number of action movie tropes, but without the flashy bravado and invincible hero. And its depiction of military hardware borders on documentary.

February 24, 2012

‘Chronicle’ is on the cusp of being a fantastic movie

The superhero movie “Chronicle” is proof that villains often make the most interesting characters.

February 10, 2012

Neeson stars in emotionally complex thriller

I am all about watching movie previews and trailers, which means that I generally go into a movie with at least an idea of what to expect. Most of the time my expectations are met, but every so often, a movie will be drastically different than how it looks in the previews. “The Grey” is one of those movies.

February 3, 2012

George Clooney once again proves Oscar worthy

After the Academy Award nominations were announced last month, it dawned on me that I had only seen one of the movies up for best picture. To begin my last-minute scramble to watch as many of these movies as possible before the big show, I decided on what is arguably the current Oscar front-runner– the George Clooney vehicle, “The Descendants.”