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What’s Poppin’: “John Wick Chapter 2”

Michael Ambrosino, General Manager, Entertainment Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies & Television

It’s easy to love Keanu Reeves, isn’t it? Especially his John Wick character, who shoots through bad guys like the Patriots shot through the Falcons in the second half of this year’s Super Bowl. “John Wick: Chapter 2” is the sequel to the surprisingly amazing, action-packed and beautiful...

“The Lego Batman Movie” bricks free of standard kiddie fare

David Rosario, Staff Writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies & Television

“The Lego Batman Movie” is a movie inherently designed to sell toys, while simultaneously flaunting two of the most popular toy brands in one shiny package for 100 minutes while quietly hoping that the sheer entertainment value becomes enough to cancel out any cynicism. The gamble pays off, as “The...

A real American horror story?

A real American horror story?

Angelica Acevedo, News Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Election 2016, Entertainment, Movies & Television

We all know American Horror Story (AHS) is infamous for having explicit, gory and downright bizarre plots. And now, news of their upcoming installment suggests that an even scarier story will be introduced—the 2016 election. The creator of the FX drama, Ryan Murphy, revealed some small details on ...

“Manchester by the Sea” explores the full depths of tragedy

“Manchester by the Sea” explores the full depths of tragedy

David Rosario, Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies & Television

When someone says that they never want to see a movie again, this is usually indicative of the film’s quality and suggests that there aren’t enough redeeming qualities to justify investing time into it for a second viewing. “Manchester by the Sea” is an exception to this rule. Casey Affleck pla...

Review: “The Crown”

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies & Television

“The Crown” is beautifully made, and I would hope so, since it is the most expensive series ever produced costing a record-breaking $130 million. The arrival of the new royal drama “The Crown,” created by Peter Morgan of “Frost/Nixon” and “The Queen” fame, has been long-awaited. This venture has certainly p...

Review: “Nocturnal Animals”

Review: “Nocturnal Animals”

Michael Ambrosino, General Manager, Entertainment Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies & Television

Of all the great films 2016 had offered us moviegoers, “Nocturnal Animals” is perhaps one of the more unforgettable ones. It’s a thing of beauty; a spellbinding psychological thriller that claws its way into your head and lingers there, haunting you for days and weeks later. Believe me, yo...

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Review

Mayeli Botello, Contributing Writer

November 30, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies & Television

After nine years, six months and 10 days we finally return to the quaint little town of Stars Hollow. Netflix took to Instagram earlier this year to confirm that Gilmore Girls, the beloved early 2000s hit show, was picked up for a four-part revival. The 90 minute mini movies mimic all four seasons, ...

Disney’s “Moana” is fresh and fun

Megan Solomon, Staff Writer

November 30, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies & Television

Prior to the production of “Moana,” it was rare for me as a young person of Polynesian descent to be able to find any movies that featured my culture, and even rarer to find one that handles it with as much respect. “Moana” takes the tried and true Disney “princess” model and still manages t...

Movie Review: The Edge of Seventeen

Mayeli Botello, Contributing Writer

November 30, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies & Television

The days of Molly Ringwald and friends wreaking havoc in the high school halls are long gone, and for many directors impossible to recreate. Most movies fail to grapple the cynical and rowdy teenager to a T, over-complicating the characters and making them say unrealistic, sarcastic one-liners. With that...

“Moonlight” illuminates cinema

“Moonlight” illuminates cinema

Michael Ambrosino, General Manager, Entertainment Editor

November 16, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies & Television

Don’t you love it when movies make you feel something? That’s what makes cinema great, after all – it has the power to communicate thoughts and feelings and emotions, which ultimately generate an authentic response from the viewer. That’s the true beauty and artistry of film (and all entertainme...

“Arrival” proves that less is more

“Arrival” proves that less is more

David Rosario, Staff Writer

November 16, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Movies & Television

It’s a shame that trailers so often ruin the movie that they’re trying to promote. Now more than ever, studios release far too much footage in the marketing materials prior to the release of a film, leaving very little to the imagination by the time the actual theater experience arrives.  Rare...

Top 10 Comedy Bits of the 2016 Election Season

Steven Verdile, Design Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Election 2016, Entertainment, Movies & Television, Presidential Election 2016

The 2016 election season has been a series of ups and downs for both political parties, but there has been one group of people that have been winning the entire time: comedians.  The overly expressive personalities of the candidates make for hilarious television, and every late night host and comedian ...

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