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‘Raising Helen’ raises rave reviews

Nikki Byrd, South High School

June 24, 2004

The phone rings, and just like any other time, you answer it. Boom. Your sister and brother-in-law are dead. The world around you freezes as the news hits home. It's unbelievable. Within a week, your carefree lifestyle has come to a screeching halt. Your sister left her three children in your care. Three kids with a woman who can hardly baby-sit? What was she thinking? This...

‘Around the World’ displays the typical Disney package

Valerie Urso, Bakersfield High School

June 24, 2004

It's the little things in life. Like when you're thinking about a specific song you love and suddenly it comes on the car radio. Or when you're shopping and every single aisle is packed, but then a store clerk opens up a new one just as you walk up and you're in and out in two minutes. These little things may not make life great, but they make it bearable. The same principle...

BEST OF THE BLAZE: From hot dogs to churros

Sabrina De La Cruz, Centennial High School

June 24, 2004

At the June 18 baseball game at Sam Lynn Ball Park, my focus was not on if the Bakersfield Blaze were winning or not, but what was blazing on the grill. That's right, I had the fortunate (later unfortunate) privilege to gobble down as much food as humanly possible. I didn't know what I was getting myself into. My first casualty of the evening was a thick, juicy hot dog....

YES!/NO!High school movie with a twist: ‘Saved!’ entertains

June 24, 2004

YES! Painting nail polish crosses on your toes and chanting "Jesus rules!" doesn't seem like the cool thing to do, but in "Saved!" being openly religious is the only thing to do. This satire of a Christian high school pokes fun at intense religious faith but does not offend. The film follows several teenagers. Some are on a one-way trip to salvation and others need to mak...

High school movie with a twist: ‘Saved!’ disappoints

Maria Johnson, Valley Oaks Charter School

June 24, 2004

With the potential to be either a really good movie or a sacrilegiously horrible one, "Saved!" with Mandy Moore, Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin and Patrick Fugit, merely presents problems and ignores solutions. While presenting controversial issues such as homosexuality and pre-marital sex, the entire movie played in the "grayish" area instead of taking either a liberal or conservative...

‘Shrek 2’: Wait to rent it

Emily Davis, Liberty High School

June 24, 2004

When you think of Mike Myers, you think of a hilarious actor. That's why I was surprised during "Shrek 2," because all of the comedy depended on the supporting characters like Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas). Shrek and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) played more serious roles this time, as their main focus was dealing with marital disagreements and struggling...

ClichÇs plague ‘Windtalkers’

Ian Hamilton
Tehachapi High School

June 27, 2002

A bad imitation of some great movies appeared in theaters earlier this month. "Windtalkers" took all the elements of earlier action flicks and meshed them together into a film that failed on all fronts. Telling the story about the use of the Navajo language as a code in World War II was a great idea for a film, but it was executed poorly. A pathetic love story, predictable...

Damon brings life to dark ‘Bourne Identity’

Anne Kleinsasser
Bakersfield High School

June 27, 2002

He is Jason Bourne, John Michael Kane and a score of other names, but throughout "The Bourne Identity," Matt Damon's character has no identity, a factor that makes the movie interesting and gives this espionage thriller an edge. In "The Bourne Identity," Damon awakes from an amnesiac's sleep to find himself on a fishing boat near Marseilles, his only possessions a laser-pointer-like...

Spielberg, Cruise combo creates sci-fi thriller in ‘Minority Report’

Daniel Cacopardo
East Bakersfield High School

June 27, 2002

Steven Spielberg has done it again. He is known for a great variety of movies and action far better than the rest, but "Minority Report" goes even further. "Spielberg pushes the PG-13 level as far as he could," said Matt Keaveny, a viewer of this movie. "Minority Report" includes a brief yet explicit sexual scene, conversation about murders, a suicide, brief explicit language...

‘Juwanna Mann’ scores with laughs in comedy about women’s basketball

Ashley Owens
Bakersfield High School

June 27, 2002

Hitting screens with roaring laughter, "Juwanna Mann" opened earlier this month. The movie stars Miguel A. Nunez Jr., who plays Jamal Jeffries, an all-star basketball player with a bit of an ego problem. Although Jamal has squeezed by the punishment of the NBA board, he goes too far when he lets his temper get the best of him. He soon finds himself in a heap of trouble when...

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