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Ben Affleck autopilots through period crime film

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
February 17, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Ben Affleck has been on an incredible roll with his directing career. From the excellent “Gone Baby Gone” to the Academy Award-winning “Argo,” Affleck has demonstrated his deft and absorbing abilities behind the camera as well as in front of it. This year starts off with a new effort from him,...

LEGO Batman lands light on its feet

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

Even though “The LEGO Batman Movie” may not be as fun and original as it’s source material of 2014, “The LEGO Movie,” it is jammed packed with the action, campiness and breaking-the-fourth wall humor that was kindly brought to us by “Deadpool” a year ago. The film is clearly made for ch...

The top 10 films of 2016

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
February 10, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The following list comprises the 10 films of 2016 that made a massive impact on me on a personal level and also for most other people who enjoy the escapism of film.  Animation, musicals, thrillers, biographies and more made a great splash in the market last year, and here’s to hoping that there a...

Odyssey through the eyes of a child

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

Director Barry Jenkins has been making a great deal of waves with his sophomore effort, “Moonlight,” a journey through the eyes of one person as life takes a hold on him and molds him in ways he never imagined. After winning “Best Picture - Drama” at the Golden Globe Awards, the expectations ...

Shyamalan’s filmmaking and McVoy’s acting shine in “Split”

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
January 27, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Back in late 2015, divisive director M. Night Shyamalan made a return to quality filmmaking with his found footage horror thriller “The Visit,” which was considered simpler than his earlier thriller films, but still a much better work than he had done in years. This year opens up with his newest effort, ...

The story behind the three women of NASA’s hidden history is heartwarming

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
January 27, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

With a big cast including Taraji P. Henson, the beloved Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner and even Jim Parsons, and an even bigger story, “Hidden Figures” promised to be an uplifting movie experience that would give people some perspective on three of the mathematicians who helped orchestrate John Gle...

“La La Land” proves its merit

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
January 20, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

In 2014, 29-year old filmmaker Damien Chazelle, having done just one independent film, “Guy and Madeleine on a Park Bench,” broke onto the scene with a masterful sophomore effort in the form of jazz drama “Whiplash,” which starred Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Viewed by many and myself as ar...

Powerhouse performances build “Fences”

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
January 20, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Deep into Oscar season, yet another film has emerged firing on all cylinders. This film, “Fences,” based on the celebrated play of the same name by renowned playwright August Wilson, showcases variety and depth in each aspect of film.  Two powerhouse performances from both Denzel Washington and...

Disney’s entry into a new world

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
December 9, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The Walt Disney Co. train has not let up at all this year, and the only thing that will be surprising is if it stops anytime soon—which it won’t. In this year alone, Disney has released two major Marvel Studios films, two other animated films—one in conjuction with Walt Disney Animation Studios a...

Rory’s last four words

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
December 2, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Thanksgiving means food, family, homework (if you go to Case Western Reserve University) and “Gilmore Girls”? As you may or may not know, the day after Thanksgiving meant the premiere of the long awaited release of a “sequel” series to the wildly popular “Gilmore Girls”. Coined “Gilmore Gir...

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