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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

“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...

IT Chapter 2 is the real nightmare

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...

New Fast and Furious film blends action and comedy

New Fast and Furious film blends action and comedy

September 9, 2019

“Fast and Furious” is best watched with the family and friends or as a date night with your significant other. There will be laughter as well as serious...

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

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

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...

RBG wins R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Bryana Lozoya, Digital Editor

January 24, 2019

On the Basis of Sex, directed by Mimi Leder, was released Jan. 2019. The movie is the biography of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s life and journey through her academic career and her work as a lawyer before becoming a justice for the United States Supreme Court. Actress Felicity Jones’ profound portrayal of Ginsberg in the movie highlighted the adversity of being a woman d...

“The Hate U Give” captures both discrimination and racial biases

Ja'Nell Gore, Reporter

November 9, 2018

“The Hate U Give” realistically captured the tension and discrimination between law enforcement and the black community. It also included the experience of a black teenager being around predominantly whites and the experience of being in a neighborhood ran by drug lords. For the most part, director George Tillman Jr. and screenplay writer Audrey Wells did a good job...

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