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Does mother! Have Meaning?

Ajla Nasic, Social Media Manager

October 4, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Movies

After the release of multiple ambiguous trailers relating to the film, Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller mother! premiered worldwide on Sept. 15. Originally being anticipated by audiences and fans of Aronofsky’s work, the film has since received mixed reviews ― likely due to the abstra...

Premiere of the IT Haunted House

Corey Ocasio, Writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under #WhatsTrending, Arts & Entertainment, Movies

As the premier of the remake of the classic horror film It by Stephen King rolled around the corner, the community of Los Angeles lined up to partake in the new “It Experience” located on the corner of Hollywood and Vine from August 14 through September 10.     With special features such as holographic im...

How It Compares with the Original

Dennise Reynoso, Writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies

Exactly 27 years after the popular TV mini-series broadcasted throughout the country, the new adaptation of It premiered on Sept. 8. With the success of both films, fans and critics have speculated which adaptation achieved the best depiction of the popular Stephen King novel.     The book ...

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...

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