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…


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…


‘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…


‘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…


New movie, Snatched, to disappoint comedy seekers

By: Joseph Dargan   After planning a vacation for two, socially awkward Emily, played by Amy Shumer, is suddenly dumped by her boyfriend and forced to invite her overprotective mom Linda, played by Goldie Hawn, on what would become the jungle adventure of a lifetime. With the overuse of dull-witted, lowbrow humor and the occasional predictable gag, “Snatched”, unfortunately falls short of comedy gold. Hawn’s performance is solid while Shumer’s…

May 23, 2017

“The Wall” depicts real life war situations

By: Iomara Guzman “The wall” A hide and go seek game between two US soldiers and an Iraqi soldier. The Wall, a story of two American soldiers who come encountered with an unseen specialist marksman. An Iraqi sniper that is more interesting than you can imagine, engages in a conversational form that might not be interesting enough to some viewers. The Wall director Doug Liman who is well known for…

May 16, 2017

Deep, dark fears awaken in ‘Metamorphosis’

March 22, 2017

By Francisco Portillo The first play of the semester, “Metamorphosis,” takes a look into one of humanity’s deepest fears: being discriminated upon based on physical differences. White drapery is placed all around the stage, giving the audience the sense that they’re watching a play taking place in a cocoon. The play is located in P2-205 and the audience is right in front of the action with the actors on the…


Disney transforms classic animated story into live action film

March 22, 2017

By Christopher Reynoso Disney’s live action adaptation of the classic story “Beauty and the Beast” lived up to the hype surrounding it on its release Friday. As one of Disney’s long-time animated favorites, there was quite a bit to live up to for this modern day remake. While being an overall good film, there is no real reason to compare it to the classic. It is a thing all its…


‘Kong’ delivers with mediocre results

By Francisco Portillo “Kong: Skull Island”  fails to rise above mediocrity despite being a film with a large, talented cast and establishing an interesting backstory to the titular character. The fact that the word king has been left out of the title is no accident as the movie doesn’t deserve the title of king. The inclusion of the word King would imply that the movie is worthwhile. Instead, the movie…

March 15, 2017

‘Miss Peregrine’ fails to deliver decent adaptation

October 5, 2016

By Anastasia Landeros  It’s a tough job adapting a novel, let alone a novel series, to film. Although it has been done successfully, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is not one of them. The film looks good on paper but disappoints. The film was set to be a promising addition to Burton’s stellar roster of movies with Hollywood A-Listers Samuel L. Jackson, Allison Janney, and Dame Judi Dench being sprinkled…