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Beauty and the Beast Captures Some of the Disney Magic

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Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2017

A tale as old as time and considered one of Disney’s crowning achievements of a young maiden who tames the heart of a beast. Beauty and the Beast is beloved by audiences of all ages and made history of being the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. When it was a...

Kong: Skull Island Delivers a Monster of a Punch

From Left to Right: Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) in Kong: Skull Island.

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

March 21, 2017

Set in the world of 2014's Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island reintroduces us to an iconic monster, but where Godzilla took place in present time, Kong is set in the seventies. Following the end of the Vietnam War, a band of soldiers are called to accompany an expedition group to an uncharted island. Upon arri...

Logan Makes His Last Stand

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Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

March 21, 2017

To be perfectly honest, the X-Men films never impressed me. The cartoons, despite its kid-friendly level, knew how to balance both the serious and fun elements of its story without being too brooding or silly. X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003) began with promise only to crumble in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)...

‘The Great Wall’ Fails to Stop Critiques

'The Great Wall' Fails to Stop Critiques

Manny Ramirez, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2017

There is some enjoyment to be found in The Great Wall. In terms of a good movie, no; more like in the appeal of something found on the SyFy channel or Direct-to-DVD pile. The cartoony plot is about the Chinese Empire defending the world from an army of monsters. What kind of monsters you may ask? The...

Fifty Shades of Dreary Boredom

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Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer

February 17, 2017

Whenever I watch those awful spoof movies (Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, Scary Movie), I feel like I’ve fallen in a puddle of vomit in desperate need of a dozen showers. When it comes to a movie like Fifty Shades Darker, I feel like my soul got lost in an empty abyss. These are films I could care less...

Rewind With Disney for Black History Month

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Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer

February 17, 2017

In 2001, Atlantis the Lost Empire featured the first black character in an animated Disney film. It would be eight years later that the House of Mouse would have an African American cast in its 49th animated feature film: The Princess & the Frog. In usual Disney tradition, it’s a modern retelling of...

The Brick Knight Rises in The Lego Batman Movie

Batgirl (Rosario Dawson), Batman (Will Arnett) and Robin (Michael Cera).

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer

February 17, 2017

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

Tulsa (Britt Robertson) and Gardner (Asa Butterfield).

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer

February 17, 2017

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

Left: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in Once. Right: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land.

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017

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

James McAvoy as Kevin in M. Night Shyamalan's Split

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017

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

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

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...

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