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‘Imagining the Past’ encourages us to think about our world

‘Imagining the Past’ encourages us to think about our world

Alex Coba

August 31, 2018


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“'Once, as old stories tell us…' was how Geoffrey Chaucer began “The Knight’s Tale,” one of his famous Canterbury Tales. We still tell stories and write histories by opening with sentiments such as this one. Professor and guest curator Corey Sparks opened with this quote to present the “Imagining...

Local artists perform unconventional show at Blackbird Cafe

Local artists perform unconventional show at Blackbird Cafe

Grant Schmieding

August 30, 2018


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Abstract art, leather cuffs, bare feet, paint splatters, cheap beer, minimal seating, dim lighting and camaraderie accompanied soulful music Tuesday night as locals stagger around the backside of the tiny Blackbird Café. The atmosphere feels small, almost intimidating to an outsider. Stepping through...

‘The Innocents’ starts slow but keeps your interest

‘The Innocents’ starts slow but keeps your interest

Alex Coba

August 28, 2018


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Netflix’s “The Innocents” may come off as your run of mill teen drama or romance series. However, “The Innocents” proves to be more than that as the series showcases interesting story concepts such as feeling trapped in oneself and one's own identity. The eight-episode series do...

‘Disenchantment’ can’t enchant its viewers

‘Disenchantment’ can’t enchant its viewers

Ulises Duenas

August 27, 2018


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Matt Groening is back with a new show called "Disenchantment," an animated comedy set in a fantasy world. Although it has the distinct style that Groening's shows are known for, it lacks the charm and humor that "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" had. The show's main trio is made up of Bean, a princess that...

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

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

Angel Ortega

May 3, 2018


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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...

CAMMIES spotlight, award Chico musical artists

CAMMIES spotlight, award Chico musical artists

Natalie Hanson

April 25, 2018


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The 2018 CAMMIES Awards were put on at the Hop Yard at Sierra Nevada Brewery, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. It was sponsored by Chico News & Review and the Chico Rape Prevention and Intervention Center. The awards show is a spotlight for local musical artists every spring, with awards in di...

‘A Quiet Place’ is a decent thriller, but still falls short from being ‘great’

‘A Quiet Place’ is a decent thriller, but still falls short from being ‘great’

Angel Ortega

April 22, 2018


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“A Quiet Place” had the potential to become a great horror film, but its flaws and shortcomings leave something to be desired. Though “A Quiet Place” is far from perfect, John Krasinski has established himself in mainstream cinema by displaying his talents as a writer, director,...

‘Ready Player One’ delivers on nostalgia but lacks character

‘Ready Player One’ delivers on nostalgia but lacks character

Ulises Duenas

April 16, 2018


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"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...

‘Extinction’ wastes your time

‘Extinction’ wastes your time

Ulises Duenas

April 15, 2018


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Sometimes when I buy something, I feel like a prisoner to my own bad decision. I have to get my money's worth out of something even if it's a waste of time. "Extinction" is a game that costs $60 and the best thing that can come from playing it is being able to tell people not to buy it.There's no point...

‘The Leisure Seeker’ is a heartfelt romantic-comedy

‘The Leisure Seeker’ is a heartfelt romantic-comedy

Angel Ortega

April 14, 2018


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Though the film 'The Leisure Seeker' is an emotionally driven film, it does have flaws that almost lead it to its demise.The film “The Leisure Seeker,” John (Donald Sutherland) and Ella Spencer (Helen Mirren) are a retired couple who are cared for by their children, Jane (Janel Moloney) ...

North State Symphony showcases film composer with popular movie themes

North State Symphony showcases film composer with popular movie themes

Natalie Hanson

April 10, 2018


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The North State Symphony took a detour through some of the most memorable movie soundtrack themes of past decades with their penultimate concert of the season, "The Best of John Williams." This "Pops!" concert in NSS's 2017-2018 season came to Chico in Laxson Auditorium on Saturday to celebrate the best-known compositions of perhap...

‘A Fantastic Woman’ is a brilliant foreign film

‘A Fantastic Woman’ is a brilliant foreign film

Angel Ortega

April 6, 2018


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Landmark Chilean film "A Fantastic Woman" brings a refreshing look at romantic dramas. Marina Vidal (Daniela Vega), a transgender woman, is a singer and waitress who has recently moved in with her partner, Orlando Onetto (Francisco Reyes). When Orlando dies one night, Marina must overcome obstacles as she fa...

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