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Meriam Park drive-in theater continues its success

Meriam Park continues to offer weekly film screenings at the drive-in theater. Photo credit: Zachary Carels
November 3, 2020

Meriam Park opened a drive-in theater on Sept. 24 this year in an effort to bring joy to the people of Butte County during these unprecedented times. Since its opening, the drive-in has proven to be a...

‘Countdown’: cheesy and flawed horror film fails to deliver a scare

Quinn Harris (Elizabeth Lail) downloads an app that tells her she has only three days to live.
(STX Films)
October 30, 2019

“Countdown” is a flawed horror film riddled with clichés. Directed and written by Justin Dec, “Countdown” tells the story of Quinn Harris (Elizabeth Lail), a nurse who downloads...

The Orion Newscast: Queer Week and Between Two Ferns Review

The Orion Newscast: Queer Week and Between Two Ferns Review
October 16, 2019 This week on the Orion Newscast we cover Queer Week on Chico State campus and Angel Ortega reviews Between Two Ferns by Zach Galifianakis. Christian Solis can be reached...

Queer Week movie discusses conversion therapy

Tzanda Mendes and Nathan Zamudio wait for the film to start outside The Hub. Photo credit: Emily Neria
October 14, 2019

The Hub at Chico State hosted a viewing of "Boy Erased" on Tuesday for Queer Week. The showing was followed by a discussion with representatives from Catalyst Domestic Violence Services and Stonewall Alliance...

‘Creed II’ tells an electrifying story of family and perseverance

Creed and Drago face off in the ring. image from
December 2, 2018

"Creed II" blends the world of drama and sports in a way that feels natural and engaging. This film is packed with captivating performances, with Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone...

Joaquin Phoenix delivers his best performance yet in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

Ekaterina Samsonov and Joaquin Phoenix star as Nina and Joe in
May 3, 2018

With outstanding writing and brilliant performances, “You Never Were Really Here” is one of the best mystery-thrillers this year. The film, directed by Lynne Ramsay, follows Joe (Joaquin Phoenix)...

‘Ready Player One’ delivers on nostalgia but lacks character

Wade's avatar, Parzival accepts a key from James Halliday
image from
April 16, 2018

"Ready Player One" feels like a celebration of pop culture as whole. It has some really cool visuals and most of the references to movies and games are fun, but it also lacks a good core. The story and...

Photo of the day

Christian Pata-Koehler and Dustin Boster play a motorcycle racing game in an arcade at the Cinemark movie theater. Photo credit: Carly Maxstone
March 5, 2018

Christian Pata-Koehler and Dustin Boster play a motorcycle racing game in an arcade at the Cinemark movie theater.

‘Blade Runner 2049’ has substance, style and staying power

K and Deckard side by side. The neon lights and futuristic-looking car compliment the setting. Image from
October 13, 2017

When I saw the first trailer for "Blade Runner 2049" I was worried that it was another sequel with the sole purpose of cashing in on nostalgia without having any substance. That is not the case. This is...

Don’t you wish you went on a “Girls Trip?”

Poster of
August 24, 2017

“Girls Trip” has taken the box office by storm. The heart-warming comedy entails the crazy getaway trip four gal pals go on to attend the annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. The fierce...

‘Girlfriend’s Day’ leaves much to be desired

Trailer screenshot
March 2, 2017

Valentine’s Day is long gone, but you can still Netflix and chill with your sweetheart and watch (or not), “Girlfriend’s Day.” A new Netflix- produced movie written by and starring...

‘Knight of Cups’: Weird, strange cinematic journey

Promotional photo from official Facebook page.
May 16, 2016

Terrence Malick doesn’t worry about things like storyline, plot points, character development and climatic endings when he makes movies. Instead, the writer and director wants the audience to not...

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