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The Brick Knight Rises in The Lego Batman Movie

The Brick Knight Rises in The Lego Batman Movie

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

With the surprise success of 2014’s The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. takes the Marvel route on building its own cinematic universe. With its roster of the DC Extended Universe losing steam maybe it’ll have a better chance with Legos in the first of these spin-offs: The Lego Batman Movie. Will Arnett returns as...

The Space Between Us Review

The Space Between Us Review

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

From the director of Hannah Montana the Movie and the screenwriter of Collateral Beauty, (Oh, joy...) bring what I can only describe as The Martian meets The Fault in Our Stars. Good movies I’d rather be watching than this dense of a sci-fi /teen drama mush known as The Space Between Us. It star...

La La Lame

La La Lame

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 9, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

A new winning record of seven Golden Globes and a big contender for the Oscars, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, is a postmodern musical filmed in the style of fifties classics like Singing in the Rain. A movie seen as a celebration of cinema, music, and as the tagline states “to the fool’s who drea...

A Split Decision: Shyamalan Proves Potential

A Split Decision: Shyamalan Proves Potential

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
February 9, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

I’ve actually enjoyed the films of M. Night Shyamalan; my personal favorites continue to be The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. Even his lesser material have their moments (to an extent), though I won’t deny that he has delivered a decade of disappointing duds from The Village to After Earth...

Founder and the Figures

Founder and the Figures

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Repoter
February 3, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

Directed and co-written by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), Hidden Figures tells the true story of Katherine G. Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn; three African-American women who played a pivotal role in NASA’s space race during the 1960’s. Think of it as a behind-the-scenes telling of Philli...

Best and Worst Animated Films of 2016

Best and Worst Animated Films of 2016

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter
January 26, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movies

I’ve enjoyed the Kung Fu Panda films with Jack Black as the rolypoly warrior and got really excited for the third installment after Kung Fu Panda 2 ended on cliffhanger. I loved every minute of it. From Po’s humble origins being fully explored, the village of the Pandas, martial art fights, an in...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Review

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer
December 18, 2016
Filed under A&E, Movies

“During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.” -An excerpt from the opening crawl of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) Set between th...

Moana Falls Victim to the Disney Formula.

Moana Falls Victim to the Disney Formula.

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter
November 30, 2016
Filed under A&E, Movies

You know how Disney is made fun of for using the same method over and over again in its repertoire? Love at first sight, cute animal critters, dead parents, funny sidekicks, musical numbers, likable princesses, etc. Regardless, the House of Mouse manages to find new and creative ways to tell its stories...

Gibson Returns Strong in the Faith/War film: Hacksaw Ridge

Gibson Returns Strong in the Faith/War film: Hacksaw Ridge

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter
November 28, 2016
Filed under A&E, Movies

When making a movie that centers on a Christian character, great care must be taken for it to appeal to both audiences of believers and non-believers. Hollywood has surprisingly shown to be capable of this formula from A Man for All Seasons, Dead Man Walking, The Mission, Chariots of Fire, and A Walk to Remembe...

The Magic returns in the Harry Potter spin-off: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

The Magic returns in the Harry Potter spin-off: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter
November 22, 2016
Filed under A&E, Movies

In the World of Harry Potter the term Muggle is used to describe an individual who isn’t a witch or wizard in Great Britain. Who knew that in America the word No-Maj was utilized instead? While Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn’t exactly a Harry Potter movie, it does take place in the s...

Trolls Dazzles and That’s About it…

Trolls Dazzles and That’s About it…

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter
November 22, 2016
Filed under A&E, Movies

We live in an age where any existing product from video games and toys can be turned into a motion picture. A formula that has been done repeatedly with little success until Warner Bros’ The Lego Movie finally hit all the right notes. Wreck-It-Ralph and Toy Story don’t count as they are original...

Cinema Spotlight on Scott Derrickson Part VI: Doctor Strange

Cinema Spotlight on Scott Derrickson Part VI: Doctor Strange

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter
November 22, 2016
Filed under A&E, Movies

Back when Scott Derrickson tackled a big-budget blockbuster, The Day the Earth Stood Still, it didn’t go well; now he is given a second chance with the latest entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange. Stephen Strange (Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch) is a talented but arrogant ne...

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