Five more movies to watch during winter break

January 8, 2021

Relax before the spring semester by watching any of these five hilarious and fun winter season movies. Right now might be the perfect opportunity to invite someone, via FaceTime or other communication form, to watch a heartwarming and fun movie. This list will only stick to the theme of the winter season.


Mr. Rogers hits ‘Beautiful Neighborhood’

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is a biographical fi lm that is loosely inspired by the 1998 Esquire article “Can You Say … Hero?” by Tom Junod. It depicts a fi ctionalized version of Junod and his encounter with Fred Rogers, known on television as Mr. Rogers. The fi lm stars Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers and Matthew Rhys as Lloyd Vogel, a character based on Junod. Taking place…

December 2, 2019

OPINION: Spoilers don’t determine viewer experience

People are far too concerned with protecting themselves from spoilers when they should be more focused on experiencing their choices in entertainment. Some individuals go to extreme lengths to not have their favorite shows or movies spoiled by an errant picture or social media posting. 

May 23, 2019

‘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

OPINION: 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

Sexism loses in ‘Battle’

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…

October 5, 2017

OPINION: 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