Valdosta Daily Times


March 28, 2013

‘Olympus Has Fallen’ rises at theatres

VALDOSTA — “Olympus Has Fallen” (Action/Thriller: 2 hours)

Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Rick Yune and Morgan Freeman

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Rated: R (Extreme violence and profanity)

Movie Review: Mike Banning (Butler) is a somewhat disgraced Secret Service agent. After North Korean terrorists storm and capture the White House, Banning, the lone surviving guard in White House, must rescue President Benjamin Asher (Eckhart), who is one of hostages of the North Korean terrorists led by Kang (Yune).

The White House falls, yet “Olympus” remains on a mountaintop as an action film.

This action movie is more action than a sound political piece. It misses the mark by not allowing the film to delve into the political realm for a more realistic rendering. Instead, this is a thrilling action flick. That, it achieves. It very nicely becomes riveting.

“Olympus” is “Die Hard” in the White House. In this aspect, it is nothing new, although Butler is sound as this film’s lead. This movie delves into some typical masculine clichés, but they are minor enough that they do not interfere with good entertainment.       

Grade: B- (It rises to the occasion.)


“The Croods” (Animated/Adventure: 1 hour, 38 minutes)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds

Directors: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders

Rated: PG (Some scary moments and violence)

Movie Review: This very entertaining animated film is “Avatar” meets “Ice Age” meets last year’s “Brave.” It features a prehistoric family. Grug (Cage) is the protective father of the family of six. He keeps his family safe by keeping them in a secure cave. His daughter, Eep (Stone), is an adventurer. She wants to leave the cave to explore. During one of her adventures, she encounters Guy (Reynolds), a sophisticated nomad. The Croods, who are definitely cave dwellers, see Guy as a threat initially, but Guy quickly comes to their rescue when the planet becomes volatile.

The computer animation is superb in this film. Viewers, if given the chance, should see this film. Its 3-D graphics are spectacular, and this film uses three-dimensional aspects exceptionally.

Even more, the story is potent. The characters easily make the audience care for their cause. Each player is necessary via sound storytelling. The voices featured are good also, especially Cage as Grug and Reynolds as Guy.

The adventure is engaging and very enjoyable. Members of any age should find this gratifying entertainment. 

Grade: B (A good prehistoric bunch)


“Admission” (Comedy: 1 hour, 47 minutes)

Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff and Lily Tomlin

Director: Paul Weitz

Rated: PG-13 (Strong language and thematic elements)

Text Only
  • bicycle safety.jpg SGMC, Kohl’s to host Bike Smart safety event

    SGMC, Kohl’s Department Store, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department and Safe Kids Lowndes County will host Bike Smart!

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140410-AR-Wake_Compound001.jpg Bringing wakeboards to Lowndes

    In college, many dream of their future career paths and, while some may seem far fetched, some people are able to make theirs a reality. Luke Tilt and Quinn Silvernale were able to do just that.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140401-Ballet003.jpg Beautiful Dancers

    The Ballet School in Valdosta offers children with special needs the chance to live out their dreams of being a dancer. For many, this may have seemed like a far fetched dream given their physical limitations, but as the Ballet School proves, there is no such thing as a physical limitation.

    April 13, 2014 5 Photos

  • Dido and Aeneas 1.jpg VSU Opera, Chamber Singers Present ‘Dido and Aeneas’ April 19-20

    The Valdosta State University Department of Music will present “Dido and Aeneas” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, in the West Hall Rotunda. Seating is limited to 100 people per performance.

    April 12, 2014 2 Photos

  • Film Review Captain A_Rich copy.jpg A salute to ‘Captain America’

    Our reviewer looks at "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," 'The Grand Budapest hotel' and "Bad Words."

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • easter eggs.jpg VLPRA hosts ‘Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt’ Saturday

    Easter egg hunts are an old tradition, but this Saturday, the Therapeutic Division of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority is putting a new spin on it.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • wanee1.jpg Wanee Festival 2014

    For a decade, the Allman Brothers have made it an annual tradition to settle along the Suwannee River and jam with some friends and fellow musicians. And music fans from near and far can come watch, listen and dance.

    April 6, 2014 3 Photos

  • vhsart5.jpg MUST RUN All winners in the VHS art show

    Judging the Valdosta High School art show is no easy feat.

    April 6, 2014 5 Photos

  • Film Review Noah_Rich copy.jpg ‘Noah’ fails to stay afloat

    Our reviewer looks at the movies "Noah" and "Sabotage."

    April 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • flag.jpg Stand Up America Rally this weekend

    It’s not a political rally, but rather a gathering this weekend to “stand up and say we want America back.”

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results