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‘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)

Angel Ortega and Melissa Herrera

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 an app that claims to predict exactly how much time a person has left to live. When the app tells Harris...

The Orion Newscast: Queer Week and Between Two Ferns Review

The Orion Newscast: Queer Week and Between Two Ferns Review

Christian Solis

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 at [email protected] or @c_alexander20 on Twitter.

Queer Week movie discusses conversion therapy

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

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 Center.The movie is about Jared Eamons, a gay college student whose father is a preacher. Whe...

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

Creed and Drago face off in the ring. image from

Ulises Duenas

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 as Rocky Balboa standing tall as champions.The most impressive thing about "Creed II" is the perfect balance it achieves. ...

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

Ekaterina Samsonov and Joaquin Phoenix star as Nina and Joe in

Angel Ortega

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) who is a veteran turned contract killer and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Joe makes...

‘Ready Player One’ delivers on nostalgia but lacks character

Wade's avatar, Parzival accepts a key from James Halliday
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Ulises Duenas

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 characters should have carried this movie through all the flashy scenes and references. In execution, th...

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

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

Ulises Duenas

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 a fully fleshed sequel that will linger in your mind for years.   Ridley Scott stepp...

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

Poster of

Niyat Teferi

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 ladies, better known as the “Flossy Posse,” encounter a wild weekend filled with booze, ho...

‘Girlfriend’s Day’ leaves much to be desired

Trailer screenshot

Jared Shibuya

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 Bob Odenkirk (Saul from “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”). Odenkirk...

‘Knight of Cups’: Weird, strange cinematic journey

Promotional photo from official Facebook page.

Matthew Manfredi

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 only question their decision to watch his films, but question their metaphysical existence within the s...

Can you guess these movies based on these emojis?

Photo credit: Romeo Espinal

Romeo Espinal

March 19, 2016

The quiz includes some of the most popular movies and some of the not-so-popular ones, but you can test your ability to differentiate these movie titles by simply looking at the emojis in the quiz below.   Romeo Espinal can be reached at [email protected] or @romeofilms on Twitter. ...

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