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He Named Me Malala documentary film

Shawnkira Sanchez, Staff Writer

September 30, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television

There are times when silence is not an option. Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai, an activist for global education is the subject of a new documentary film, “He Named Me Malala.” Her defining moment came at the age of 15 years old when she was targeted and shot by the Taliban while on a school bus for demanding girls’ rights to education. Oscar-winning documentary film director Davis Guggenheim poetically captures...

Comic Con invades Long Beach

Comic Con invades Long Beach

September 14, 2015

The scenes were surreal: John Snow eating a burrito on the floor, a “Jurassic Park” tour vehicle driving down the freeway and a women's restroom filled with “Justice League characters.” Fiction...

Unforgettable ‘Amy’

Unforgettable ‘Amy’

Madison D’Ornellas, Opinions Editor

July 31, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews, Today

On screen we watch her looking painfully nervous. Awkwardly standing in a dimly lit studio next to one of her heroes and a legendary jazz singer, we watch as she stops her side of the duet abruptly. “I’m...

A whole world of film

Kevin Flores, Diversions Editor

July 11, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Today

Whether you’re trying to learn a new language or just trying to escape the American-centric lens of domestic blockbusters, exploring the cinematic oeuvre of other cultures will certainly broaden your horizons. Here are four flicks from far-flung lands to get your feet wet in the world of foreign film. Betty Blue (Director’s Cut) (1986): MPAA Rating: Unrated Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix Almost Shakespearean in its...

Review: ‘Dope’ lets the good times roll

Review: ‘Dope’ lets the good times roll

June 27, 2015

While “Dope” lacks in freshness of plot and relies heavily on character tropes, this Sundance film makes up for in entertaining harebrained schemes and subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) humor. ...

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ entertains but lacks fresh story

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ entertains but lacks fresh story

Branden Raulston, contributing writer

May 7, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews, Today

Release: May 1 Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo Distributor: Walt Disney Studios MPAA: PG-13 Rating: 3.5/5...

Comic book culture moves from basements to the big screen

Comic book culture moves from basements to the big screen

Nicca Panggat, News Editor

April 30, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Today

After decades of shameful adaptations and cringe-worthy special effects, the next six years are gonna be like a wet dream for most comic book fans. “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” this summer’s highly...

Jonah Hill and James Franco get serious in ‘True Story’

Megan Gilbreath, Design Director

April 29, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews

A little girl in footsie pajamas curls up, snuggling close to her teddy bear. In a yellow suitcase. At the bottom of a river. Right from the opening scenes of “True Story,” director Rupert Goold shocks his audiences into reevaluating morality and truth in his riveting film adaptation inspired by real life events. Divers discovered two suitcases, each holding the crumpled bodies of his wife and 2-year-old daughter...