‘Solo’ explores origin of classic character

BY Juan Calvillo “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is the fantastical origin story that most fans didn’t know they needed. It combines the thrills and battles of summer box-office blockbusters with subtle nods to the lore that it came from. Alden Ehrenreich plays a young Han Solo. Ehrenreich captured the character that Harrison Ford perfected all those years ago. The subtle, roughish grin is exactly what would be expected of…

May 16, 2018
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Comic book movies evolve to better quality

By Frank Portillo The comic book films released this year show the evolution of quality storytelling in the genre and even includes a couple of films that should be considered for Best Picture nominations. Aside from the flub that was “Justice League,” every comic book film released this year shows  the diversity of the genre and its sub-genres. “Wonder Woman” and “Logan” are prime examples of the films that should…

December 6, 2017
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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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Television programs become better than films

By Francisco Portillo The vast landscape of television programming today has far surpassed the quality of storytelling in films. As televisions upgrade, so does the programming that is made available for consumers. Some of TV’s greatest characters aren’t so black and white. Instead, they live in the grey area between hero and villain. HBO’s drama “The Sopranos” was the first to contain such a character as its lead protagonist in…

September 20, 2017
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The Feature Is Ours podcast series

Campus News presents “The Feature Is Ours,” an entertainment podcast hosted by staff members, and self-proclaimed movie buffs, Anastasia Landeros and Gustavo Buenrostro. On this episode, our hosts talk about the good-looking cast of “Justice League” and their love of actress Alicia Vikander, star of the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.  

April 4, 2017
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The Feature Is Ours podcast series

Campus News presents “The Feature Is Ours,” an entertainment podcast hosted by staff members, and self-proclaimed movie buffs, Anastasia Landeros and Gustavo Buenrostro. On this episode, Anastasia is finally vindicated in her prediction of what Pixar’s “Coco” is all about, and Gustavo continues his obsession with DC films.  . 

March 28, 2017
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All-star cast shines in remake

By Gustavo Buenrostro An action filled film with a lack of innovation is what audiences get when they watch the remake of “The Magnificent Seven”. “The Magnificent Seven” is a fun film to watch, whether people are a fan of westerns or not. “The Magnificent Seven” is a modern retailing of the original film with good acting, slow pacing and entertaining action scenes yet having almost no innovation. Compared to…

September 29, 2016
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‘Blair Witch’ makes comeback

By Francisco Portillo “Blair Witch” has made a return to theaters after a decade of being shelved, managing to scare the hell out of audiences everywhere. With the emerging popularity of horror films, it was only a matter of time before a sequel or remake of the 1999 classic, “The Blair Witch Project” was made. Ignoring the original sequel “Book of Shadows,” “Blair Witch” takes place 17 years after the…

September 21, 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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People should consider independent movie theaters

By Giovanni Padilla With the economy struggling and money always being tight, the typical college student wants a bang for their buck. Many of us turn to the movie theaters for a cheap source of entertainment and for just around $12 we have something to talk about with friends. Yet, many people do not know about the quality of movies being shown at independent movie theaters around Los Angeles. The…

May 19, 2013
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