‘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

‘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…


‘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

‘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

‘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

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

Burton, Depp fail to impress

  By Jair Fuentes  Director Tim Burton fuses two generations and takes a stab at dark humor in his latest film “Dark Shadows,” which is loosely based on the popular gothic soap opera of the same name. This film marked the seventh time that Burton and Johnny Depp have worked together.  In the film, Depp portrays Barnabas Collins. As a young boy, Collins and his parents moved to America in…

May 16, 2012

‘Girl’ makes no progress

By Albert Fuentes “Girl in Progress” struggles to make any progress. With several direction and writing problems. Main character Ansiedad, played by Cierra Ramirez, goes out of her way to produce many rites of passage in her quest to reach womanhood as fast as she can. As a smart, responsible student, Ansiedad knows that she wants to be successful in life but doesn’t always get the support she needs. She…

May 16, 2012

Marvel’s “The Avengers” wows on the big screen

  By Liliana Marquez The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor and Hawkeye team up in the impressive film “The Avengers.” Director and writer Joss Whedon bring to life some of Marvel’s most famous and beloved characters. When the security of the world is threatened by emerging enemy Loki, Thor’s brother. Nick Fury, director of the International Peacekeeping Agency also known as S.H.I.E.L.D, finds himself in the need of putting…

May 9, 2012

‘The Raven’ delivers suspense, gore and mystery

By Megan Perry Edgar Allan Poe goes from author of murder mysteries to a character who lives out his own plots in James McTeigue’s latest movie, “The Raven.” The movie is filled with plenty of gore, twists, mystery and suspense to make it unforgettable. Set in Balitimore in the mid-1800s, Poe assists Detective Fields, played by Luke Evans, in trying to solve the case of a crazed murderer who uses…

May 2, 2012