Stars come out for ‘Monuments,’ ‘LEGO’


(Left) Matt Damon and (right) George Clooney star in the Feb. 7 premiere of “The Monuments Men.” 

By Pat Quinn

Hitler’s war against art and the LEGOs war against, well, LEGOs hit the big screen Friday.

“The Monuments Men”

“The Monuments Men” shares the story of soldiers who searched for art stolen by Nazis in order to preserve culture and history.

World War II movies have clearly been done before, but none highlight this important event like “The Monuments Men.” George Clooney stars and directs. Even though Clooney has directed movies before, this one stands out.

Matt Damon portrays the leading role of James Granger. Damon hasn’t been in a film with Clooney since “Ocean’s Thirteen” in 2007. Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett also stars.

In most movies, with war comes action. Although there seems to be a decent amount of action, the film looks more like a drama with a sense of adventure.

If you’re concerned the movie will lack adventure, it is based on a true story and events that took place during one of the most excruciating times in the world. That should be enough adventure for you.

“The Monuments Men” also seems to have a nice comedic touch with supporting actors Bill Murray and John Goodman.

“The Lego Movie”

In “The Lego Movie,” a group of heroes recruit an ordinary LEGO-man, who is mistaken for a MasterBuilder, to prevent someone from gluing LEGO worlds together.

LEGO video games depict spoofs of the Star Wars, Batman and Lord of the Rings franchises. These games have had a great deal of popularity and success, and the movie doesn’t look any different. Characters from the LEGO games will be in it as well, including members of the Justice League, the Star Wars series and the Lord of the Rings universe.

The only difference from the movie and game: It looks like viewers cannot control the plot with their thumbs.

A great addition to the movie are actors Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman and Charlie Day.

Make sure you check out these movies this weekend.