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‘The Half of It’ isn’t a typical teen movie

Still image from The Half of It, a Netflix original film
May 6, 2020

Over the years Netflix has built a reputation for producing teen romances and coming-of-age films — some that I love, and some that make me feel a little less than inspired, like Noah Centineo’s entire...

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: a lesbian romance done with love

Left to right: Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant star as Héloïse and Marianne in
April 2, 2020

Of the vast amount of lesbian dramas that have emerged from the last decade, most have been the product of a male director, containing graphic sex scenes that don’t necessarily contribute to the plot,...

‘Emma.’ is a visually breathtaking adaptation

March 11, 2020

Jane Austen’s classic novel, “Emma.” gets another readaptation in Director Autumn De Wilde’s visually beautiful version of a classic story of rich, young matchmaker Emma Woodhouse. As far as...

‘The Invisible Man’ is a true psychological horror film

‘The Invisible Man’ is a true psychological horror film
March 5, 2020

If anyone has been feeling a little underwhelmed by the latest films in the horror and thriller genre to come out—à la “The Turning”—then I’m here to say that “The Invisible Man” has come...

‘P.S. I Still Love You’ is the sequel that hits softly

Noah Centineo holding Lana Condor
February 28, 2020

“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” the sequel to Netflix’s “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018), deepens Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky’s (Noah Centineo) relationship,...

The best bad horror movies

Photo by Max Kleinen on Unsplash
October 31, 2019

October is a great time to enjoy spooky festivities such as Halloween parties, pumpkin patches and curling up with a good horror movie. However, one of my favorite sub-genres of horror are movies that...

Video: ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ film review

October 21, 2019

Resident film critic Angel Ortega discusses "Between Two Ferns: The Movie."Angel Ortega and Melissa Hererra can be reached at [email protected]

Wild and Scenic Film Festival promotes nature and activism

March 4, 2019

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival made a visit to Chico Feb. 28 to show 13 short films revolving around nature and activism. The festival was held in Ayres Hall, filled with diverse people from around...

‘Roma’ delivers stunning performance, cinematography

Image from IMDB
January 21, 2019

“Roma” is one of the most emotionally intense films of the year with its minimalistic artistic style and strong female lead.“Roma," directed by Alfonso Cuarón, centers around the...

Top 3 independent films worth watching

January 26, 2017

The world of independent films opens a glimpse into the layered story lines that peel deeper into important social issues that most other films fail to discuss. These films showcase authentic culture and...

Chico’s Pageant Theater to be featured in national film celebration

Promotional poster for Art House Theater Day via (http://www.arthousetheaterday.org/media.php)
September 22, 2016

On Sept. 24, venues across the nation are set to commemorate independent theaters and their everlasting contributions to cinematic culture. Locals will have their chance to join the celebration as Chico's...

Shortz! Film Festival to take center stage at the El Rey

Shortz! Film Festival logo. 
Photo courtesy of L. Renee Boyd
September 13, 2016

Local film aficionados are in for a treat when the fifth annual Shortz! Film Festival takes residency at the historic El Rey Theater Sept. 16-18.What began in 2011 as an interactive method for local filmmakers...

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