Thursday, October 23, 2014
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

Lost & Found


Video Lost: Cat, black and white, last seen the evening of Sept. 29 in the Woodcreek Subdivision area, La Vernia. Reward for his safe return. Call Richard, 830-779-2080 or 210-776-4930.
If you are missing a pet in Floresville, be sure to check the Floresville holding facility. Animals are only kept for 3 days. Contact Las Lomas K-9 Rescue, 830-581-8041.
Lost: Diamond set in gold mounting prongs, fell off my wife's wedding ring, in Floresville, reward offered. 210-867-1319.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

We are looking for part time energetic team members for growing gas station outside of LaVernia. Duties to include cashier, food prep, stocking (must be able to lift 45 lbs). Must be able to work days, nights and weekends as schedule will vary. Please contact Cynthia at 87ih@aiemail.net or apply in person at 87 Ice House, 6517 US Highway 87, Sutherland Springs,
The Wilson County Appraisal District is accepting applications and/or resumes for an entry level Field Appraiser position. Responsibilities include office and field work associated with the appraisal of all types of properties. Applicants must be willing to complete the requirements to obtain an RPA designation through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Interested applicants must have reliable transportation, a valid Texas driver's license, and proof of liability insurance. Send resumes and/or applications to: Wilson County Appraisal District, Attn: Field Appraiser Position, 1611 Railroad Street, Floresville, Texas 78114.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
TNMCRE/MAX homeRichardson Chevrolet home

Movie Reviews


real steel


real steel
Rock’em, sock’em robots provide nuts & bolts of futuristic father-son drama


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
October 19, 2011
1485 views
Post a comment

Starring Hugh Jackman & Evangeline Lilly. Directed by Shawn Levy
127 min., PG-13

It’ll be difficult for anyone of a certain age to watch Disney’s “Real Steel” and not think of a popular kids game from the 1960s.
Rock’em Sock’em Robots, anyone?
In the movie’s not-so-distant future, the sport of boxing is obsolete. Wrestling? Too tame. What really gets the fans pumped, however, is the spectacle of two mechanical men hammering each other into scrap metal.
Unlike the pint-size, plasticized punching toys of yesteryear, these bots are beasts, 8-foot-tall slabs of remote-controlled, hi-tech hurt. Hugh Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a washed-up boxer now trying to eek out a living on the grungy fringes of the robot fighting circuit with his android.
Things take an unexpected--and initially unwelcome--turn for Charlie with the reappearance of his long-ago-abandoned son, Max (12-year-old Dakota Goyo), and their discovery of a broken, half-buried robot in the muddy muck of a junkyard.
The new bot, Atom, may be smaller than some of the metal monsters against which he’s pitted, but he he comes into the ring with a secret weapon: old-school boxing moves drilled into his data bank by Charlie.
Evangeline Lily (Kate from TV’s “Lost”) plays the owner of a gym where no one comes to box anymore, which gives her character plenty of time to help Charlie with robot repair--and fend off his advances when he tries to rekindle their old flame.
The bots in “Real Steel” are high-tech, special-effect marvels, each with distinctive personalities, colorfully customized features and unique fighting styles. Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard help choreograph the classic jabs, uppercuts, hooks, slips, bobs and blocks in Atom’s steel-fisted arsenal.
Even though they’re mute, theoretically emotionless, metallic gladiators, it’s difficult not see the battling bots as somewhat human, especially when they’re “injured,” dented and crushed, de-limbed, or even decapitated...and blood-like fluid slowly pools onto the mat.
But the real meat of this story is in the father-son relationship between Charlie and Max, for which the movie relies heavily on time-tested, heart-tugging Disney signature themes juiced with a familiar twist of kid-spunkiness that might reflect Steven Spielberg’s participation as one of the project’s 12 producers. (A sugary subplot about Max teaching Atom to hip-hop dance, however, is cuteness overkill.)
Older kids will enjoy the rousing, rock’em, sock’em action and the humor; parents will relate to the story’s human foundation, cheer for Atom’s “Rocky”-like ascension up through the robot-fighting ranks, and perhaps even get a little misty over the sentimental nuts and bolts that hold everything together. “Real Steel” isn’t a new Disney classic, but it does have an undeniable heavy-metal charm.
 


Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post comments:



Other Movie Reviews
WCN border security forum 10/3/14
Michelle Tackitt election
Paul Pfeil political ad
Caraway Ford
John D. Foster home
Pursch Motors
Carrie Moy
Abrego Lake
Southern Electric & Lighting right
Sherwood Surveying
Hoelschers home
Sara Canady Political ad
DDS Dentures & Dental Services Right-side banner
Liberty Gun Show
Pat Brown Realtors, Inc. home
Floresville EDC
Heavenly Touch homeVoncille Bielefeld homeSacred Heart SchoolAllstate & McBride RealtyTriple R DC ExpertsChester WilsonWilson's Auto ChooserBlue Moon Karaoke & DJDrama Kids

  Copyright © 2007-2014 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.