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“Avengers: Age Of Ultron” Packs A Punch

“Avengers: Age Of Ultron” Packs A Punch

Nicolette Hinojos

May 4, 2015

Follow @nicolettehinojo // Picking up where "Captain America: Winter Soldier" left off "Avengers: Age of Ultron" shows the team ridding S.H.I.E.L.D. of the Hydra invasion. During the battle Tony Stark finds the Chitauri Scepter and uses the infinity stone within it to create what is to be a peace keeping artificial intelligence robot named Ultron. Of course things go wrong and Ultron aims to destroy the Avenge...

Denzel Washington shines in latest action flick the Equalizer, but film fails to deliver

Denzel Washington shines in latest action flick the Equalizer, but film fails to deliver

Neelofer Lodhy

September 30, 2014

by Danny Arriaza, contributor The Equalizer sees Denzel Washington resume his partnership with his Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua. But while Training Day is praised for its memorable script and superb acting on all counts, this movie is nowhere on par with the duo’s previous work. W...

Why you should enroll in ‘Monsters University’

Natalie Rivera

June 22, 2013

Making a prequel based on a film that was a huge success by a movie company that has a reputation for making some of the best animated films, is no walk around the park. Yet, this challenge was met gracefully by Disney when they released “Monsters University” the unexpected prequel to "Monsters Inc." It...

‘G.I Joe: Retaliation’ was dull, as expected

Spencer Kilgore

March 29, 2013

The blockbuster based on Hasbro Toys’ action figures that is “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” in theaters tomorrow, March 28, is almost guaranteed to mind-numbingly help it’s viewers forget any and all similarly recent terrible-movie experiences by offering nothing more or less than what one would ex...

“The Vow” disappoints romance fans

Fredy Tlatenchi

February 14, 2012

In “The Vow“, Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum play a young married couple in love that lose it all after deciding to have sex while driving. Thus begins this years Valentine’s Day drama, narrated by an emotionally vacant Tatum. While Tatum’s character, Leo, survives the accident unscathed, Paige...

Latest ‘Jane Eyre’ adaptation explores the dark side of love

Sharon Hardwick

May 5, 2011

It’s the book that’s been adapted countless times: a mini-series, radio shows, plays, television shows and, of course, movies. Those born between 1915 and 2011 should have a rough idea what “Jane Eyre,” the 1847 gothic novel by Charlotte Bronte, is all about. The latest storytellers to have a go at the well-known story was director Cary Fukunaga and screenwriter...

New movie explores ‘Limitless’ brain power

Cheryl Giraud

March 17, 2011

The idea that humans only use a fraction of our brains, whether true or not, suggests an untapped mind power waiting to be harnessed. Using this as its premise, the new action thriller, “Limitless,” shows a world where human potential knows no boundaries. “Limitless,” which will be rele...

Oscar spotlight on ‘The Social Network’: we “like” it

Kristin Hugo

February 17, 2011

I was afraid that “The Social Network” (now available on DVD and Blu-Ray) would be just another documentary leeching off of the popularity of the latest big thing. Instead, the film has story substance and character development, although it’s not accurate enough to be a documentary. The film, which has been nominated for eight Oscars, i...

Black Swan review

Black Swan review

Marina D. Sandoval

February 10, 2011

In a world where ballet is serene and beautiful, “Black Swan” portrays a conflicting world of darkness. This thriller, directed by Darren Aronofsky, intensely focuses on the physical and psychological pressures on a ballerina and shows the surreal beauty and tragedy that a performer will endure for the...

Actors shine in ‘Blue Valentine’

Jeff Ishuninov

January 27, 2011

Strong performances by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams highlight a controversial marital story in “Blue Valentine.” Multiple nominations in different film festivals and award ceremonies, including the Golden Globes, made “Blue Valentine” one of the most talked about movies of 2010. Director...

“Somewhere” a benefit to Sofia Coppola’s burgeoning career

John Michael Simko

December 17, 2010

The simplistic subtly showcased in “Somewhere” solidifies Sofia Coppola as a bonafide filmmaker. Rarely does a director rebound so successfully and gracefully from a film like “Marie Antoinette.” Sofia, like her Academy Award winning father Francis Ford Coppola with his gangster films, has created...

Kevin Spacey makes “Casino Jack” a movie worth seeing

John Michael Simko

December 6, 2010

Very few actors can capture compelling, conniving characters effectively. Yet Kevin Spacey succeeds once more in a memorable performance as Jack Abramoff in “Casino Jack.” Like Humphrey Bogart, Alec Guiness, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro before him, Spacey has seamlessly...

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