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Rogue One: A Star Wars Review

From left to right: Cassian Andor  (Diego Luna), Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk), Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), Baze Malbus (Wen Jiang) and Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed)

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Writer

December 18, 2016

“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

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

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

From left to right Tina (Katherine Waterson), Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Queenie (Alison Sudol), and Jacob (Dan Fogel).

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2016

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…

Poppy singing her heart out to Branch in the DreamWorks film Trolls

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2016

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

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...

Cinema Spotlight on Scott Derrickson Part V: ‘Devil’s Knot’ and ‘Sinister 2’

The Memphis Three, as portrayed in 2013's Devil's Knot

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2016

Back in 2013, while working on Deliver Us from Evil, another movie called Devil’s Knot was released through VOD (video on demand) and got a limited theatrical run on May 9. Based on the real case of the West Memphis Three, in which three teens were accused of killing three eight-year-olds in a suspected...

Horror Films: Vintage vs. Modern

Tomás from 2007's The Orphanage (El Orfanato)

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

October 28, 2016

October, the month when the leaves change from green to orange, the pumpkins are brought out in the open, and the weather gets a tad chilly. Most of all, its when the Horror genre peaks with movies like Dracula (1931). Some might prefer classics like Frankenstein (1931), or the more recent fair like...

Cinema Spotlight on Scott Derrickson Part IV: ‘Deliver Us From Evil’

Cinema Spotlight on Scott Derrickson Part IV: 'Deliver Us From Evil'

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

October 28, 2016

With three films under his belt, including the successful ghost story Sinister, Scott Derrickson collaborates with film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer (whose extensive resumé includes the television crime drama CSI and the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise) and screenwriter Paul Harris...

Manny’s Movie Madness

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

October 21, 2016

Cinema Spotlight on Scott Derrickson Part III: ‘Sinister’

Cinema Spotlight on Scott Derrickson Part III: 'Sinister'

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

October 20, 2016

After the disappointment of The Day the Earth stood Still (not to mention a Razzie Nomination for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel) Derrickson returned to what he did best, scaring the living daylights out of everyone with his third outing that lives up to its title, Sinister. Premiering on...

Cinema Spotlight – Scott Derrickson (Part 2): ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

Cinema Spotlight - Scott Derrickson (Part 2): 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'

Manuel Ramirez, St

October 13, 2016

When we last left Scott Derrickson, his debut film, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, was a success. It performed well at the box-office, won Jennifer Carpenter an MTV Movie Award for Best Frightening Performance, a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film (Saturns are basically the Oscars for all that is sci-fi,...

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