Dark Horrors come alive in ‘The Witch’

By Dorany Pineda Robert Eggers succeeds in immersing the audience into the suspenseful, horror-driven world of “The Witch” in his debut feature film. Set on a farm in 1630’s New England, “The Witch” tells the story about a supernatural entity that causes a family to tear itself apart. When newborn Samuel disappears under the watch of the oldest daughter Thomasin, played by Anya Taylor Joy, despair and fear closes in on…

February 24, 2016
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‘Deadpool’ redefines superhero genere

By Gustavo Buenrostro “Deadpool” is a breath of fresh air in a genre that is possibly growing stale. It plays many of the tropes in other superhero films and makes fun of them. Deadpool is a loudmouth mercenary who develops cancer and the only cure comes from joining a special weapons program that gives him superpowers.  Much of the humor stemmed from the many references Deadpool made about other movie…

February 23, 2016
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Finding life in robot ‘Chappie’

March 5, 2015

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…

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Familial love, culture clash in “Black or White”

By Jesus Figueroa The love of a grandfather for his granddaughter carries the story of “Black or White” through several clashes in culture. The twist to the story was a powerful message which is merited from the start of the film. Elliot Anderson, played by Kevin Costner, loses his wife and is left to care for his granddaughter Eloise, played by Jullian Estell, in their Beverly Hills home. Costner is…

February 3, 2015
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‘Nightcrawler’ takes audience to crime journalism world

By Ayana Arroyo Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a thrilling performance in “Nightcrawler.” Through the entirety of the film Gyllenhaal keeps viewers at the edges of their seats. Louis Bloom, played by Gyllenhaal, is a jobless thief whom one day stumbles upon the world of crime journalism. Being immediately captivated, Louis trades in a stolen bike for a small camcorder and police scanner. That same night he goes out to film a…

October 29, 2014
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‘The Book of Life’ brings adventure, animation

October 22, 2014

By Sergio Berrueta Twentieth Century Fox opens up “The Book of Life” to give audiences a fascinating new adventure in animation. “The Book of Life” follows the story of Manolo, a guitar-playing matador voiced by Diego Luna, and Joaquin, a brave noble soldier voiced by Channing Tatum. Both are vying for the heart of the general of San Angel’s daughter Maria, voiced by Zoè Saldana. Unfortunately, Maria is taken away…

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ tangled in a web of plot

By Sergio Berrueta Marvel’s famous web slinger is back on the big screen for his greatest battle in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,”  but the true battle may be trying to figure out what story to follow. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”continue on from the 2012 film reboot with the witty Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, still protecting New York from danger as Spider-Man and trying to keep his girlfriend Gwen…

May 7, 2014
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‘Olympus Has Fallen’ falls short

The ‘what if?’ scenario of the White House getting attacked is nothing new in the film world, but director Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ takes on the concept to deliver a mediocre action spectacle. Former Secret Service agent Mike Banning, played by Gerard Butler, is demoted by President Asher, played by Aaron Eckhart, after failing to save the First Lady, played by Ashley Judd, from an accident while vacationing in…

April 10, 2013
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‘What to expect’ offers comical view of pregnancy

By Keyla Lopez “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” offers its audience a handful of laughs and conflicts about pregnancy. The movie is based off the bestselling parenthood manual of the same name, but that’s about all that compares between the two. With its clichéd situations, the all-star cast provides, while being a little unrealistic and over the top, a comical look into pregnancy, parenthood and the emotional difference between…

May 30, 2012
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Duck House serves delicious duckmeals

  By Eduardo Preciado  Numerous restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley area serve duck every day, either shredded, stuffed, roasted, glazed, sautéed or curried. Eating duck is very common across all Asia. Luckily for those that want to know what all the fuss is about, eating duck is just a few blocks away from ELAC. The Duck House is a Taiwanese restaurant but serve dishes from all over Asia. As…

May 23, 2012
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