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The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

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SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boys Volleyball Season Comes to a Close -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bearcat Invitational Track Meet a Huge Success -

Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Band Prepares for Spring Concert -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roger Federer Proves he is the GOAT -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olaiha Fonua and His Friend Perform at Green Week -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eureka, We Built It! -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Week Celebrates Diversity -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

International Week Shines -

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Patent Battle Closed for CRISPR -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump’s New Executive Order Is Not Effective -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Uber Drives Itself Into a Corner -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A New Tale That’s As Old As Time -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

“Life” Falls Flat -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

LEGO Batman Succeeds in Theaters

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“The Lego Batman Movie” is a CGI Lego-inspired movie directed by Chris McKay and written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jared Stern, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers and John Whittington. McKay previously supervised animation on the very successful “Lego Movie,” which served as the basis for “The Lego Batman Movie.” Will Arnett stars as the cryptic Batman, with Zach Galifianakis voicing a surprisingly sensitive Joker and finally, Michael Cera as Batman’s adopted son, Nightwing (Robin).

 

After countless Batman films and comics (all of which the movie acknowledges), everyone accepts the fact that Batman has no problem outsmarting the same Gotham villains over and over. Now, the biggest challenge Batman faces is working as a part of a team and letting himself become part of a family again.

 

The movie came into theaters in the United States on Feb. 10, 2017, releasing alongside two other movie sequels, “John Wick Chapter 2” and “Fifty Shades Darker.” In its opening weekend, “The Lego Batman Movie” topped the box office, earning $53 million dollars. As of Feb. 20, “The Lego Batman Movie” had grossed $172 million worldwide, surpassing its $80 million budget.

 

“Lego Batman” earned a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a score of 7.7/10 on IMDb and a rating of 4/5 stars by Empire. The movie is “a highly quotable, visual treat that’s packed with in-jokes but is entertaining enough on its own terms to work for fans and non-fans alike. The best Batman film in years,” wrote Jonathan Pile from Empire.

 

Altogether, “The Lego Batman Movie” has enough action and silliness to captivate children while still offering plenty of pop culture and fourth-wall-breaking Batman references to keep adults entertained. The humor and shrewd nature of “Lego Batman” puts a refreshing, silly spin on the traditionally dark and gloomy Batman franchise. Because “Lego Batman” only uses the Lego animation style, it is automatically more lively, colorful and cartoonish than all other Batman movies, while still having the allure of self-mocking humor that made “Deadpool” such a hit.

 

I definitely recommend “The Lego Batman Movie” to longtime fans and newcomers of the Batman series alike. It’s certainly a film for everyone because “every action sequence crackles with childlike energy, making viewers feel as if they’re in the hands of a kid playing with his toys,” said David Sims, a writer for The Atlantic.

 

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