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Emmy nominated documentary brings sexual assault into light at the Beach

Sean Gallagher, Contributing Writer

April 29, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television

  As the crown dropped on her head, it turned the rape victim into a beauty queen. The stage she used to pledge for change became the platform she used to transform ideas into action. The dark theater in the Beach Auditorium at California State University, Long Beach shed some light on a bleak subject during Tuesday’s screening of “Brave Miss World.” CSULB Women’s Gender and Equity Center, with funding from...

‘Age of Adaline’ gets cheesier with time

Stephanie Thai, Video Producer

April 28, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews

  Just like the maturation of cheese, “Age of Adaline” slowly but surely became what almost every romantic film falls victim to: cliché and tolerable with a glass of wine. The movie starts off with Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) who suffers a curse of staying 29-years-old forever after a freak car accident during a stormy night. After decades of running in fear of being suspected, Adaline falls in love with...

DreamWorks casting of Scarlett Johansson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ stirs up backlash from manga fans

DreamWorks casting of Scarlett Johansson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ stirs up backlash from manga fans

March 25, 2015

Hollywood’s most recent racial controversy is rooted in the upcoming film “Ghost in the Shell,” a remake of the 1995 original Japanese film and adaptation of the cyberpunk manga series. Golden Globe winning actress Scarlett Johansson plays the main character, Major...

‘Growing Up and Other Lies’ calls Adam Brody back in the game

Brooke Becher, Diversions Editor

March 11, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television

Hipsters, unite! “Growing Up and Other Lies” makes it to the must-see list of meaningful-core films. With a screenplay dependent upon dialogue and the niche aesthetic of desaturation crucial to indie aesthetics, directors Danny Jacobs and Darren Grodsky put the anti-coming-of-age genre back on the marquee. “Growing up” will be released to theaters on March 20. Memory lane stretches across all of Manhattan, New...

‘Unfinished Business’ fails to seal the deal

Michelle Vazquez, Contributing Writer

March 10, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews

This weekend, moviegoers had the option of watching a live robot, a ramshackle hotel full of British retirees or three American entrepreneurs on a business trip. Sadly, the slapstick funny-guys – Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson – fall out of their element when suiting up, making for a film that is easily outdone by its much more captivating trailers. The raunchy comedy made $5 million during opening weekend,...

A most violent attempt

Madison D’Ornellas, Assistant News Editor

February 9, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews

“A Most Violent Year” takes an ambitious step back in time to when guns solved everything. Directed by J.C. Candor and released on Friday with A24 Studios, “A Most Violent Year” has every tool to obtain mob-movie greatness: blood, a mischievous, beautiful wife, tax fraud and drawn-out pauses in between far-fetched monologues. Unfortunately, the film struggles with an attempt to be a classic gangster movie. Progressing...

Review: Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ triggers truth

Brooke Becher, Diversions Editor

January 20, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television

Clint Eastwood’s latest take to the box-office paints a war story of a different color. American Sniper is a biopic of the late “Legend” Chris Kyle, a United States Navy SEAL proclaimed to be the most lethal sniper recorded in history, played by Bradley Cooper. He is torn between serving his country, his comrades and his family. Like most of Eastwood’s directorial work, the film unfolds in one straight shot after...

‘Filmage’ tells Descendents’ tale

Priscella Vega, Assistant News Editor

April 27, 2014

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Music, Showcase

If hardcore punk bands in the early ‘80s were told that one of the most influential punk bands for generations to come would include a scrawny science geek sporting specs and a teenage fishing enthusiast, chances are many wouldn’t have believed it. “Filmage: the Story of Descendents/All” is a music documentary by Deedle Lacour, Matt Riggle, Justin Wilson and James Rayburn that tells the story of how the 1978 Manhattan...