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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Oscar Flores, Writer
May 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

The first Guardians of the Galaxy infused some well-needed blood into the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it released on Aug. 4, 2014.  Director James Gunn used the new cast of characters at his disposal along with a great soundtrack and quirky tone to create a space-opera that felt new.  With the May ...

Tribeca Film Festival 2017

Oscar Flores, Writer
May 16, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Editorial, Entertainment, Movies

Highly regarded as one of the central hubs for showcasing upcoming independent films, the Tribeca Film Festival began April 19 and ended on April 30.  The event provided attendees with a wide spectrum of films along with panels featuring known performers and directors such as Alejandro Inarritu and ...

Russia Places 18+ Age Restriction on Power Rangers

Oscar Flores, Writer
April 14, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Movies

Power Rangers debuted in theaters on March 24 and while it received a PG-13 rating here in the U.S., Russian distributor of the film (WDSSPR) announced that Saban’s Power Rangers would have an 18+ age limit due to the film’s inclusion of a gay character.     This rating comes from legislator Vitaly ...

The Importance of Moonlight’s Best Picture Win

Jasmine Fernandez, Co-Copy Editor
April 5, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Editorial, Entertainment, Movies

The lights dim; the audience stills. The atmosphere changes in an instant and there is a paradigm shift in the celebrities glittering under the stars. All that can be heard is the crinkle of an envelope as the hearts of film enthusiasts across the world work double time. And the Oscar goes to.... La La...

Moonlight Wins Best Picture Amid Confusion

Alex Castillo, Copy Editor
April 5, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Featured A&E, Movies

This year’s Academy Awards held on Feb. 26 is a ceremony where outstanding films are honored and appreciated by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year, films like Lion, Manchester by the Sea, Arrival, Moonlight, La La Land, and Hell or High Water were nominated for multiple aw...

The Wicked John Wick

James Torrico, Writer
March 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Movies

In the suburbs of New Jersey lives a man that has been deemed “The Boogeyman,” not only  because of his appearance or scare factor, but because of the incredible skill that he has as an assassin. That man is John Wick.  John Wick 2 picks up where the first movie left off, avenging the murder of hi...

Hidden Figures: Diversity in Science

Jasmine Fernandez, Co-Copy Editor
February 15, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Movies

Just in time for the 2017 award season, Hidden Figures (dir. Theodore Melfi) was released on Dec. 25, 2016 to near unanimous critical acclaim. Starring the dynamic trio of Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer, and Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures follows the stories of three African American NASA specialists...

The Lo Lo Love for La La Land

Oscar Flores, Writer
January 31, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Movies

Ever since talk around La La Land began, I have been excited for this film.  All the reviews and stories surrounding it just increased my excitement which is both great but dangerous; the more I raised my expectations, the greater my fear was that it wouldn’t meet or surpass said expectations.  A...

Rogue 101: Things to Know Before Watching Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Oscar Flores, Writer
December 14, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Movies

Welcome rebels to Rogue 101! The end of the year is near and Disney is ready to release Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the newest entry in the Star Wars franchise.  This film, unlike its previous entries, does not follow the Skywalker saga so it is easy to become confused.  In order to keep you on tra...

Moana: Disney’s Brave New Face

Nicole Najera, Writer
December 14, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Movies

Disney is famously known for their princess movies. The typical princess falls in love with prince charming, he saves her and they live happily ever after. But Disney decided to continue their different approaches on the classic storyline with their latest smash hit Moana, the story of the daughter of a ...

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