‘Antman and the Wasp” charming summer flick

By Juan Calvillo “Ant-man and the Wasp” brings action and laughs that are now associated with the Marvel cinematic universe but adds huge amounts of heart. The story is as much about what huge action sequence is next as it is about what human moment the characters will have with each other. “Ant-man and the Wasp” is the continuing story of Scott Lang, played perfectly by the capable Paul Rudd….

July 1, 2018
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‘Hotel Artemis’ focuses on characters

By Juan Calvillo “Hotel Artemis” weaves together action movie tropes with amazing character development to produce an intense character focused title in a summer of big budget movies. Director and writer Drew Pearce wrote a science fiction movie with “Hotel Artemis” that will make the audience sit in their seat until the credits roll. “Hotel Artemis” stars Jodie Foster as the Nurse, the proprietor of the hotel and nurse to…

June 7, 2018
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Arctic Monkeys: New album different but essence remains

BY Luis Castilla The Arctic Monkeys are back after five years with their new album “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” and it’s quite a mesmerizing experience. Alex Turner, frontman and principal songwriter, has taken the reigns almost entirely on this album. Ditching their guitars for synthesizers and vibraphones, there is a very noticeable shift away from rock ‘n’ roll and into a more grandiose form of music. This is the…

May 16, 2018
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‘The Dark Knight’ continues impacting films to this day

April 18, 2018

By Gustavo Buenrostro Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” is one of the most influential films in the past decade and its impact can be felt in films today. “The Dark Knight” is a comic-book movie based on the Detective Comics character Batman. It tells the story of Bruce Wayne, played by Christian Bale, dealing with the strain of being Batman and a new villian that has made his presence known…

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‘Comedy of Errors’ modernizes a Shakespeare originalB

April 18, 2018

By Christian Horta “Comedy of Errors” opens up with the Merchant of Syracuse, Egeon, played by Ramon Ramos, begging for redemption to stay alive to find his family. The play takes place in the city of Ephesus, where Egeon is not supposed to be. Egeon is violating a travel ban between the cities of Ephesus and Syracuse, which are two rival cities.  As a result,  he is being sentenced to…

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Latin American Animation Day pays homage to legend

April 11, 2018

By Cristal Gomez Latin American Animation Day showcased short films from Mexico, Chile and Brazil, including “Inner Workings,” a Disney short film directed by Brazil-born Leo Matsuda. As a tribute to the late Bill Melendez, there was a section showing his various works for Disney, Warner Brothers and Charles Schulz. Tom Sito, a friend to Melendez, spoke about the various projects and styles Melendez typically did for his assignments. Sito…

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Hendrix electrifies once more

March 27, 2018

By Andrew Ayala “Both Sides of the Sky” is the newest album by the late and great Jimi Hendrix and it doesn’t disappoint one bit. Despite his death being over 40 years ago, new music is introduced and released to the public by the record label Legacy Recordings and the music festival Experience Hendrix. The album includes 10 unheard studio recordings and gives the audience a better understanding of how…

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Casa 0101 hosts powerful plays

March 27, 2018

By Vicky Nguyen Although heavy-handed, the all-Latina play festival, “Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme: Stand Up! Speak out!” urges vigilance in face of political and social strife. “Chicanas, Cholas, y Chisme,” created by Casa 0101 founder Josefina Lopez, is a play festival featuring Latina writers and directors. Its sixth iteration opened last weekend at Casa 0101, premiering a dozen 10-minute plays. “Stand up! Speak out!” implored playwrights to tell stories relating…

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Ancient Egyptian mummy arrives at VPAM

By Steven Adamo For the first time, an Egyptian mummy was brought to East Los Angeles and revealed at the Vincent Price Art Museum Saturday during the opening of “Passing Through the Underworld: Egyptian Art.” The mummy is of an individual named Tastetnethor and is from the 22nd to 24th Dynasty, 945-700 BCE. The mummy set comes in four pieces: the wood coffin containing the human remains of Tastetnethor, the…

March 27, 2018
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Sequel of ‘The Strangers’ surpasses original

March 14, 2018

By Allison Beatty “The Strangers: Prey at Night” is a sweet and short experience of tension, thrills and jumpscares. At only an hour and twenty five minutes, this movie doesn’t drag on too long or get boring to watch. It’s decently paced, beautifully shot and gives the world an actual good horror sequel. Even if it is 10 years after the original. Similar to the 2008 “The Strangers,” the movie…

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