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The Orion Newscast: Womxn's Conference & Multicultural Night

The Orion Newscast: Womxn’s Conference & Multicultural Night

Christian Solis // November 20, 2019

https://youtu.be/UX3gfd0V2F0 This week on The Orion Newscast we cover two stories celebrating both women empowerment and cultural diversity. The newscast also includes coverage of both men and women's...

Matt Damon and Christian Bale star as Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles, respectively in

‘Ford v Ferrari’ is a technical masterpiece, but lacks substance

Angel Ortega and Melissa Herrera // November 20, 2019

“Ford v Ferrari,” while lacking narrative substance, exhibits some of the best sound editing and mixing. Directed by James Mangold, “Ford v Ferrari” takes place in the 1960s, where...

Eli (Charlie Shotwell) has a condition where he gets allergic conditions from the outdoors. Dr. Isabella Horn (Lili Taylor) claims she can cure him.

‘Eli’: great idea, flawed execution

Angel Ortega and Melissa Herrera // November 13, 2019

What could have been a great horror film in “Eli”, was regressed by poor writing and mundane performances. Directed by Ciarán Foy, “Eli” is about a boy named Eli (Charlie...

Willem Dafoe (left) and Robert Pattinson (right) star as Thomas Wake and Ephrain Winslow, two lighthouse keepers stuck on an island for four weeks off the coast of New England, in

‘The Lighthouse’ is beautiful yet upsetting

Angel Ortega and Melissa Herrera // November 5, 2019

With its standout performances and unique approach to cinematic horror, “The Lighthouse” is one of the best horror films of the decade. "The Lighthouse" is the newest film from director Robert...

Quinn Harris (Elizabeth Lail) downloads an app that tells her she has only three days to live.
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‘Countdown’: cheesy and flawed horror film fails to deliver a scare

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...

Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), Wichita (Emma Stone), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) continue to fight for survival in Zomebieland, 10 years after the events of the first film.  
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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ is funny, but not much else

Angel Ortega and Melissa Herrera // October 23, 2019

“Zombieland: Double Tap” is all flash and no substance.Taking place 10 years after the events of the first film, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Little Rock (Abigail...

Left to right: Magenta (Makenzie Ryan), Dr. Frank N' Furter (Juan BolaƱos), and Riff Raff (Brandon Burchard). Photo credit: Angel Ortega

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” delivers an erotically fun show

Angel Ortega // October 23, 2019

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” was a gritty and gruesome, yet erotically captivating musical production. The musical, produced by Chico State’s School of the Arts (SOTA), was originally...

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

Angel Ortega and Rayanne Painter // 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]

Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is a failed comedian who's a downward spiral into madness transforms him into the Joker. 
Warner Bros. website photo

‘Joker’ is a beautifully sinister film

Angel Ortega // October 7, 2019

“Joker” is a gruesome, yet poignant adaptation of the infamous DC Comics villain. Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is a failed comedian who makes his living as a clown-for-hire. Fleck...

Ansel Elgort portrays Theo, a young man who was orphaned at a young age after his mother was killed in bombing. 
Warner Bros. website photo

‘The Goldfinch’ is visually appealing but lacks substance

Angel Ortega // September 30, 2019

Though this film has its moments of excellence, “The Goldfinch” is mundane and has its fair share of shortcomings. Based on a novel of the same name by Donna Tartt, “The Goldfinch”...

Stock image of a man via Getty Images.

Toxic masculinity: shaming men for seeking help

Angel Ortega // September 29, 2019

Shaming men for seeking and receiving mental health counseling and therapy reinforces toxic masculinity. I hate the idea that a man must put on a tough-guy persona if they are going through a turbulent...

Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella.

Ameer Vann makes solo album after scandal

Angel Ortega // September 24, 2019

Ameer Vann, former member of pop collective Brockhampton, has returned to the music industry following his sudden departure from the group over a year ago. Vann was one of the founding members of Brockhampton...

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