Finding life in robot ‘Chappie’

By Jesus Figueroa A body of titanium and wires found consciousness and showed its humanity in “Chappie.” The heartwarming story of a robot who found his humanity under his cold metal body starts slow, but is saved by the ending. Engineer Deon Wilson, played by Dev Patel, makes the worlds first police human-controlled robot to keep the world safe, but he struggles to find a way to bring consciousness to…

March 5, 2015

‘Dumb and Dumber’ sequel proves to be truly dumber

By Jesus Figueroa “Dumb and Dumber To” stays in the same goofy, unexpected style as the original, which came out 19 years ago, but with the lack of originality, it fails to be a great film. The story takes twists, which are unbelievable and unpractical, and tries to make the same gags as the original film funny for a new generation of viewers. Lloyd, played by Jim Carrey, reveals to…

November 19, 2014

‘Automata’ takes over film

By Jesus Figueroa The sci-fi story of “Automata” puts robots into a future chaotic world as slaves for the humans who were lucky to survive. Lead actor Antonio Banderas has a stellar performance but falls short of being the most exciting part of the film. In a world that has been destroyed by solar flares and only a mere 22,000 people lucky to survive, robots called Automatas live only to…

September 24, 2014

Latin comedian finds comfort at center stage

By Jane Fernandez Laughs and serious moments make up the first Latino stand up comedy concert film released nationwide “The Fluffy Movie.” The film captivated the audience as Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias tells stories about his life in comical ways. It started off with a representation of Iglesias’ childhood, in which various known personalities such as Tommy Chong, Iglesias’ closest friend and comedy sidekick Martin Moreno and Spanish radio personality Eddie”Piolin”…

July 24, 2014

Fans bring ‘Veronica Mars’ to big screen

By Diego Olivares “Veronica Mars” is a film project that’s funny, suspenseful and fulfills the needs of the series’ fans. Based on the cult TV series of the same name, the film follows her life as a youthful private eye, played by Kristen Bell. Trying to move on with her life, Mars is called upon by a former lover to solve a murder. The victim is a friend of theirs,…

March 20, 2014

‘Non-Stop’ fails to disappoint

By Liliana Marquez From Spanish director and producer Jaume Collet-Serra comes  “Non-Stop,” an exciting action-thriller with a cast led by Irish action hero Liam Neeson who takes the audience on an exciting plane ride full of action, suspense and excitement. Neeson, 61, proves that at his age he still has what it takes –and more– to give  to give life to a great action character. His performance is one of…

March 6, 2014

LACMA9 Art+Film Lab comes to ELAC

By Jesus Figueroa The Los Angeles County Museum of Art collaborates with the East Los Angeles College Foundation Board and East Los Angeles College to bring LACMA9 Art+Film Lab to Monterey Park from Jan. 10 to Feb. 9. The Art+Film Lab launched last June brings engaging programs to nine communities throughout Southern California – Redlands, San Bernardino, Altadena, Monterey Park, Hacienda Heights, Montebello, Compton, Inglewood and Torrance. The Art+Film lab…

January 2, 2014

Vince Vaughn Delights in “Delivery Man”

By Daniela Zea Delivery Man is a heartwarming family-oriented movie about David Wosniak played by Vince Vaughn. David Wosniak, a meat truck driver, donates sperm 639 times and out of those donations he bears 533 children. Vaughn plays a charming character that makes all viewers fall in love with him by portraying the typical American heartthrob that undergoes challenges like everyone else through. In serious debt, Wosniak goes under a…

November 27, 2013

‘Catching Fire’ leaves audience wanting more

By Desiree Lopez “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a great piece of work that gives a daring lead role to young girl instead of a man. The Hunger Games does a great job making the audience feel as if they know each character personally. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is the sequel to the box office hit “The Hunger Games.” “Catching Fire” follows the courageous Katniss Everdeen played by…

November 27, 2013

“Ender’s Game” balances morals, philosophy with sci-fi thrills

By Jesus Figueroa “Ender’s Game” mixes a thrilling action story with an array of philosophical problems to bring tactics and morals head-to-head in this coming-of-age survival story. The film in its entirety is well presented giving an action film depth with philosophical dilemmas which contrast with the action well. Colonel Graff, played by Harrison Ford, sets his eyes on tactical genius Ender Wiggin, played by Asa Butterfield, who shows an…

November 6, 2013