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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...

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 ...

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