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Odyssey through the eyes of a child

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
February 3
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
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, ...

“La La Land” proves its merit

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
January 20
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
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
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...

Narcissism and angst reign in “Edge of Seventeen”

Kevin Qosja, Staff Reporter
December 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

I am not a big fan of teenage dramedies, so I must assume my desire to see this movie was based on my interest in the actors. Hailee Steinfeld was introduced in 2010 with her brilliant performance in “True Grit” which earned her an Academy Award nomination at 14 years old. She went low-key for a whi...

“Inferno” a complete flop

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
November 4
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

When I heard the news that “Inferno,” the book by Dan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code” series, was being turned into a movie, I was confused as to why it was being made. The last movie in the series, “Angels and Demons,” was released in 2009, and the book “Inferno,” was released in ...

Yoga Hosers Review

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
October 28
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Back in 2014, renowned independent film director Kevin Smith (who directed “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy”), released the first in his “True North” trilogy, a comedic horror film known as “Tusk”. The film was an incredibly bizarre take on experimental horror, involving the physical and ment...

Reliving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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

On April 20, 2010, 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, the BP PLC oil rig called Deepwater Horizon exploded in the late hours of the evening due to massive equipment failure, human error and other mistakes in terms of the stability of the rig and its drilling capabilities. The ...

Kubo and the Two Strings

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
September 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

For the past seven years, Laika Entertainment has slowly but steadily become one of the most acclaimed and noteworthy animation studios—despite having only a small catalogue of films, which includes 2009’s mesmerizing “Coraline,” 2012’s greatly underrated “ParaNorman” and 2014’s enjoyable misstep,...

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