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‘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...

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,...