The Renegade Rip

Hulu’s “Palm Springs” makes up for underwhelming comedy with a lot of heart

Jocelyn Sandusky, Reporter

July 31, 2020

It’s a premise that has been done many times before: the lead gets stuck in a time loop. Whether it’s the horror film “Happy Death Day,” the action film “The Edge of Tomorrow,” or the classic “Groundhog Day,” everyone is bound to have seen at least one iteration of this tired concept. The romantic comedy “Palm Springs” doesn’t exactly reinvent the redundant...

Foreign film “Parasite” is a must-see

Jocelyn Sandusky, Reporter

November 20, 2019

New and exciting material can be hard to come across in an age where everything seems to have already been done, and remakes are all the rage. Bong Joon-ho’s award-winning film “Parasite” is smart, hilarious, thrilling and exciting, and most importantly, original. The film centers around the Kim’s, a family of four living well below the poverty line in South Korea....

Will Smith’s “Gemini Man” is predictable

David Portillo, Reporter

November 4, 2019

A duo of Will Smiths star in the 2019 action flick “Gemini Man.” The film, directed by Ang Lee, is a real visual marvel. Although the film is an absolute joy to look at, the plot drags it down in the most cliché ways. The film follows Henry Brogan (Will Smith) and his sudden targeting of a mysterious operative who looks very similar to him, a clone also played by Smith...

Joaquin Phoenix deserved better in “Joker”

Jocelyn Sandusky, Reporter

October 4, 2019

Despite a staunch performance by a gaunt Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” is an origin story that is all bark and no bite. While the Joker character does not exactly scream subtlety, the Todd Phillips directed film tries much too hard to instill fear into the audience. Instead of letting the audience discover that Arthur Flex, also known as Joker (Phoenix) was crazy and unhinged...

“Hustlers” is the feel-good movie no one saw coming

September 18, 2019

“Hustlers” is so much more than a J.Lo stripper movie. Directed by Lorene Scafarcia, the film retells the true story of a group of exotic dancers...

A promotion poster for the film

IT Chapter 2 is the real nightmare

September 18, 2019

The only frightening thing about “It Chapter Two” is its excessively long, three-hour run time and the lost opportunity to cast Amy Adams as the grown-up...

Seth Rogen’s “Good Boys” is enjoyable for its mature humor and gags

David Portillo, Reporter

September 6, 2019

From the raunchy, foul, and hilarious mind of comedian Seth Rogen comes a comedy of smaller, or rather, younger proportion. This summer gave audiences the comedy “Good Boys,” produced by Rogen and directed by Gene Stupnistky. The movie is a typical Rogen comedy packed with drugs, alcohol, violence, and swearing. But through all of its crudeness, the film sheds light...

New Hellboy movie is more accurate but ultimately disappointing

Bryana Lozoya, Digital Editor

April 29, 2019

The 2019 movie “Hellboy” is based on the Dark Horse comic book character of the same name created by Mike Mignola. It is a reboot of the  “Hellboy” film series that were released in the early 2000s directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and it draws inspiration from the comic books “Darkness Calls”, “The Wild Hunt”, and “The Storm and the Fury”.  Neil M...

Jordan Peele’s “Us” proves his writing chops once again

Amir Guyton, Reporter

April 26, 2019

In the second thriller since his “Get Out” debut, director Jordan Peele takes viewers on a wild ride in his new horror film titled “Us”. The film features cast members, Winston Duke, and the wonderful Lupita Nyong’o. Peele told Los Angeles Times, “Us” was inspired by the division and xenophobia he observed in post-election America. “The feeling that...

Escape Room: Despite a decent premise, it is not good enough to save its own life

Hope ShyAnne, Reporter

February 8, 2019

The conundrum of six strangers solving an escape room that suddenly turns into numerous death traps appeared as if it would be a good horror movie, but in reality, was a death trap for the audience to sit through for an hour and a half. Released on January 4 of this year, “Escape Room,” directed by Adam Robitel, had thriller, mystery, and horror fans excited to wa...

Sony's Spiderman surely satisfies

Sony’s Spiderman surely satisfies

February 8, 2019

As an aspiring artist, animation, as an art medium, is important to me. The possibilities achievable through animation are limited only by their creator’s...

M. Night Shyamalan’s movie “Glass” is not a standalone

Official movie poster of M. Night Shyamalan's movie

Bryana Lozoya, Digital Editor

January 25, 2019

There is only one word I would use to sum up the movie "Glass." Disturbing. James McAvoy’s portrayal of Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with multiple...

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