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Biopic features a prickly Steve Jobs

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

November 6, 2015

“Musicians play the instruments. I play the orchestra.” muses Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) as he begins an argument with friend and co-worker Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) regarding Jobs’ supposed genius and lack of knowledge about computers. This quote can also be applied to the film itself....

A ghost story with the same script and added effects

Brandi Jett, Contributing Reporter

November 6, 2015

The first thing that came to many viewers minds’ when they first came across the trailer for “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” was probably “Oh no, not another one!” However if you’re a faithful viewer of the series (or just wanted to be scared in honor of Halloween) you probably...

“Crimson Peak” is beautiful but flawed

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2015

"Crimson Peak" is the newest film by visionary writer and director Guillermo del Toro, who is best known for his work on his last film, the explosive and massive “Pacific Rim,” but is most acclaimed for his early films “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Cronos.” With this new venture, del Toro scales...

Not for everyone, film “Beasts of No Nation” gets violent

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2015

Over the last few years, Netflix has exceeded expectations with its original programming, including “House of Cards,” “Narcos” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” However they have only created one original film,“The Square,” a documentary that was nominated for an Oscar several years ago. Now...

“The Martian” is a space rescue with humor

Darcy Martinez, Contributing Reporter

October 8, 2015

“The Martian” is as scientifically sound as the Mars survival manual it was based on—the only inaccuracy in both being that NASA receives enough money to save the main character. Thankfully Ridley Scott was able to take the husk of Andy Weir’s work and give it a heart. Similar to other popular...

A dark view of the world shines in Sicario

A dark view of the world shines in Sicario

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2015

A few years ago, French-Canadian film seasoned director Denis Villeneuve, responsible for a few independent films in his home country, made an international splash with the drama “Incendies.” This earned him an Academy Award nomination and the admiration of a small but vocal number of filmgoers....

“Straight Outta Compton” flawed, but important look at rap group N.W.A.

“Straight Outta Compton” flawed, but important look at rap group N.W.A.

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

September 3, 2015

The most important thing to know when viewing “Straight Outta Compton” is that two of its producers were also two of the main characters in the film (Dr. Dre and Ice Cube). Knowing that, it’s easy to see why the film is so ridiculously biased in favor of the protagonists, who were all members...

“Fantastic Four” isn’t so fantastic

Sierra Cotton, Contributing Reporter

August 20, 2015

“Fantastic Four” has always been one of those groups that isn’t quite up to par with the rest of the Marvel Universe (this can probably be attributed with its association with Fox 20th Century). Coming into the movie, all I hoped was that this version would be better than the 2005 version. Unfortunately,...

“Shaun the Sheep”: A wondrous treat of stop motion animation

Lars Torres, Contributing Reporter

August 20, 2015

A magnificent age of animation has been a major part of our lives this past decade, with a great variety of animation studies creating classics, most notably by the delicate hands of Disney, the goofy yet endearing presence of Dreamworks and the emotionally challenging extravagance of Pixar. Then,...

“Rogue Nation”: Impossible to miss

“Rogue Nation”: Impossible to miss

Sanjana Singh, Contributing Reporter

August 20, 2015

Normally, I don’t commit to watching movie sequences. However, after watching the latest installment of “Mission: Impossible,” I rushed to watch the others to clue into the mystery surrounding the series. In “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation,” spy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) works with the...

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