“Dallas Buyers Club” paints a harsh cinematic work of art

By Diego Olivares “Dallas Buyers Club” is an unblinking look at the intolerance and irresponsible behavior placed on those who suffered heavily during the 1980s AIDS era. This is brought about through its powerful lead performances, naturalistic style and its uncompromising subject matter. Based off a true story, the film follows the life of Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey, a homophobic, drug-and-sex addict who is diagnosed with HIV. Shortly…

November 6, 2013
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‘Thor: The Dark World’ hammers through with action, laughs

By Jesus Figueroa Space and time can not contain the war that rages between realms in “Thor: The Dark World.” The action is spread out throughout the film, but the story that’s told falls short of making it a fantastic sequel. Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, gets imprisoned after the events of The Avengers as Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, travels the nine realms of the universe. In his travels,…

November 6, 2013
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‘The Counselor’ confuses with complicated plot amid stylistic direction

By Diego Olivares “The Counselor” is a flawed yet interesting nasty piece of cinema. Directed by master filmmaker Ridley Scott, “The Counselor” is a visually stunning film with the blackest of hearts. The film follows a lawyer, played by Michael Fassbender, who deals with shady characters in the Texas wasteland. He soon gets way over his head when both his and his wife’s lives are put in danger. Adding to…

October 30, 2013
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‘Ghost Team One’ delivers laughs, frights

By Jesus Figueroa The horror-comedy “Ghost Team One” manages to put  a realistic feel to a supernatural scenario and makes it enjoyable. The storyline is hilarious and the dialogue seems to fit in just right making this found footage film seem almost real. Directors Ben Peyser and Scott Rutherford said that the feel of the film came from their real life fear. Each time they believed something to be scary they…

October 30, 2013
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‘Harvest’ shines light on migrant working children

By Edwin Funes The film “The Harvest” brought light to an issue concerning migrant children workers in the United States on Nov. 15 in the foyer. The Chicano Studies department brought Julia Perez, the associate director of the film “The Harvest” to speak about working migrant children. The children vary from ages five to 17 and work 12-hour days, picking crops for the public’s consumption. Perez created the documentary in…

November 26, 2012
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‘Straw Dogs’ does not disappoint

By Erik Luna If audience reaction accounts for anything, the new thriller, “Straw Dogs”, does not disappoint its suspense-crazed viewers. The movie utilizes many effective techniques to progress its intriguing storyline, such as foreshadowing and suspense. The suspense created by the main character’s unease is very noticeable and sets the mood for the movie. James Marsden plays the lead, David Sumner, who is married to a famous actress named Amy, played…

September 23, 2011
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