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An animated ode to the teenage experience

Lars Torres, Staff Writer
April 28, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Animated films have always been a strong area of cinema, something that was only emphasized by the release of several excellent animated films, from “Zootopia” to “Kubo and the Two Strings,” this past year. One of these animated films that was greatly overlooked was “Your Name,” a Japanese...

Family and explosions are everything

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
April 21, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Once more, the world looks on in wonder as it braces for a new entry in the loud and unstoppable “Fast & Furious” franchise of films, spanning across 16 years of material.  Following the breathtaking and remarkable success of “Furious 7” back in 2015, where the film grossed over 1.5 billi...

A visual treat in action and science fiction

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
April 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Back in 1995, the animation world was taken by storm by Japanese anime known as “Ghost in the Shell,” which is considered one of the greatest animated films of all time. A live-action adaptation of that anime was stuck in development for the longest time, with various iterations popping up over the ...

A tale as old as time goes a little deeper

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter
March 31, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Among a series of live-action remakes of classic animated films, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is the best to date. This tale as old as time remains true to the acclaimed 1991 animated film, while still adding new content and modern spins on classic characters. Disney's “Beauty and the ...

The King has returned

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
March 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

It has been a long while since the monstrous ape, King Kong, has graced us with his presence on the big screen. From his legendary beginning in the 1933 original all the way to his appearance in Peter Jackson’s ambitious and epic 2005 retelling, King Kong has been a fixture in American cinema, mor...

“Logan” tells the brutal story of the anti-hero

Kevin Qosja, Staff Reporter
March 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Logan” is as much an anti-superhero movie as its titular character is an anti-hero. Now when superhero films feel like final exams, testing you on how well you’ve been completing your social obligation of seeing all the hero flicks, “Logan” focuses on a simpler concept. It is a brutal story...

The 89th academy awards: A recap of movies, mistakes

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
March 3, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

On Feb. 26, Hollywood’s best and brightest gathered for the 89th Academy Awards, a notable night honoring the best in film of 2016. The night was full of political messages as Donald Trump was ridiculed more often than not, and various surprises that shocked viewers. The night began well with a strong opening n...

Jordan Peele breaks in with “Get Out”

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter
March 3, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

With the 89th Academy Awards finally behind us—though the controversy will continue to linger indefinitely—we can all shift our focus to films in 2017.  Going into Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” I had little to no set expectations.  I expected a goofy or campy horror flick f...

Charlie Day and Ice Cube pull their punches

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter
February 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Charlie Day is one of the most beloved comedians hitting up the American circuit of sitcoms and comedies.  He’s done great work in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," “Horrible Bosses,” and “The LEGO Movie.”  But unfortunately for the viewer, his new film, “Fist Fight,” feels like an...

John Wick: Chapter 2

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter
February 17, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Resuming where the last one left off, both in story and intensity of violence, “John Wick: Chapter 2” is 122 minutes of action, killing and stunning visual storytelling.  Keanu Reeves reprises his role of John Wick, the guy who goes on a mass killing spree after the Russian mafia kills his dog and...

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