‘Murder on the Orient Express’ delivers on multiple fronts

November 15, 2017

By Frank Portillo The remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” is a beautifully shot, well-acted murder mystery with an insanely talented ensemble cast. Based on the novel of the same name, the film is another solid addition to director Kenneth Branagh’s filmography, which includes the first “Thor” and 2015’s “Cinderella.” Branagh leads the ensemble cast as the self-proclaimed “Greatest detective in the world” with a luxuriant moustache, Hercule Poirot….

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ ends trilogy with humorous tone

By Frank Portillo “Thor: Ragnarok” is not only the funniest Marvel movie to date, but is also one of the best at using its universe of characters. It’s a film that beautifully wraps up the trilogy, It is hard not to describe “Ragnarok” as a comedy because of how much humor is involved. But the film also manages to be emotionally moving when the story demands it. The humorous tone…

November 15, 2017
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‘The Snowman’ gives cold shoulder

October 25, 2017

By Jorge Aldaco “The Snowman” failed to present itself as a crime thriller film with an edge of horror. The trailers are misleading, building up tension that doesn’t exist in the movie. The film takes place in Oslo, Norway, where Harry Hole, played by Michael Fassbender, is a special unit detective in the city’s police department. Heavily revered, he runs into Katrine Bratt, played by Rebecca Ferguson, who had seen…

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Blade Runner: 2049 takes it slow and steady

October 11, 2017

By Russell Zazueta In Blade Runner 2049, it still rains all the time, and the Tyrell Corp. that created the first line of androids called replicants, has long been out of business. Director Denis Villeneuve, who also directed Sicario (2015), does a wonderful job in preserving the heavy-industrial, prison-like world that Blade Runner gave us when it premiered in 1982. The visuals are stunning and the story stays true to…

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Cinema Revisited: Blade Runner

October 11, 2017

Cinema: Revisited is a weekly film critique by film podcasters Anastasia Landeros and Gustavo Buenrostro. It’s not, however, just any weekly film critique. Landeros and Buenrostro are reviewing classic films that have been critically acclaimed in the past, but haven’t been examined in recent years. For the month of October, Landeros and Buenrostro will be revisiting Halloween films from different film genres. In collaboration with the release of “Blade Runner…

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Cinema Revisited: Sleepy Hollow

October 5, 2017

Anastasia Landeros and Gustavo Buenrostro The first film for October is the classic-Tim Burton film “Sleepy Hollow” starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. The supernatural-horror film “Sleepy Hollow” is loosely based on the Washington Irving book “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” published in 1820. The story follows Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp), a constable sent to the small farming town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitation murders of its citizens….

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Sexism loses in ‘Battle’

October 5, 2017

By Frank Portillo Emma Stone delivers a powerful and gripping performance as tennis star Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes.” Set in the 1970s, when sexism and homophobia was prevalent in society and media, the film tells a story of dealing with the obstacles that arise from these issues. The film not only focuses on the huge tennis match that took place in the ‘70s between the female…

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Kingsman plot holes dull ‘The Golden Circle’

September 28, 2017

By Frank Portillo While as entertaining and action-packed as the first, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” contains too many plot holes and becomes too predictable to be a great film. Based on the popular comics by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the sequel to the 2014 hit follows Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, who is now following in his deceased father’s footsteps as a member of the Kingsman secret service agency. Right…

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‘IT’ delivers scares without resorting to typical tricks

September 14, 2017

By Gustavo Buenrostro Terrifying as well as heartfelt, “IT” delivers a faithful adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name that will send goosebumps throughout the body. “IT” is about a kid named Bill, played by Jaeden Linberher, and his friends being terrorized by a creature that takes the appearance of a clown. As with any good horror movie, “IT” delivers on scares. There are jump scares that…

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‘Alien Convenant’ adds more to sci-fi universe

May 25, 2017

By Jorge Aldaco  “Alien: Covenant,” directed by Ridley Scott, adds more to the franchise’s mythos in this thought provoking and gruesome installment to the “Aliens” franchise. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and Katherine Waterston. The film takes place ten years after “Prometheus,” its predecessor from2012. The colonization ship ‘Covenant’ is damaged by a space phenomenon. It results in minor damage to the ship and the death…

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