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‘1917’ brings viewers to the front lines

Still image from the film, 1917

Danielle Kessler

January 27, 2020

With beautiful cinematography, technical work and raw emotion, “1917" takes the war movie genre to a new level. The film takes place during WWI and focuses on two British soldiers, Corporal William Schofield (George MacKay) and Corporal Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), as they try to complete the...

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 basketball wins against Holy Names University as well as Angel Ortega's movie review of Ford v Ferrari. Christian Solis ...

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

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

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 automotive designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and British racecar driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale), de...

‘Eli’: great idea, flawed execution

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

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 Shotwell) who suffers from a rare disease that causes him to have severe allergic reactions to the outdoors. To...

Netflix’s ‘Fire in Paradise’: an intimate look at tragedy

Firefighters rummaging through debris in the aftermath of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. 
Photo by Zackary Canepari (Courtesy of Netflix)

Angel Ortega

November 5, 2019

The Netflix documentary “Fire in Paradise” recounts the events of the Camp Fire through first-hand accounts and video. Directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper, “Fire in Paradise” documents the events of Nov. 8, 2018; the day the Camp Fire broke out, resulting in the destr...

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ is funny, but not much else

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.  
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Publicity.

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 Breslin) and Wichita (Emma Stone) are doing well for themselves as they’ve managed to survi...

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]

‘Ad Astra’ is an immersive, thematically deep drama

Brad Pitt stars as Roy McBride, an astronaut who travels to the deep Solar System is search of his father who went missing over 20 years prior. 
Ad Astra/Fox Movies website photo

Angel Ortega

September 22, 2019

“Ad Astra” is a compelling sci-fi drama with stunning visuals, a cohesive narrative and a great performance from Brad Pitt. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) leads a voyage called the "Lima Project" into space in search of intelligent life. However, the ship and its crew disappear and are never ...

‘Ad Astra’ is an immersive, thematically deep drama

Brad Pitt stars as Roy McBride, an astronaut who travels to the deep Solar System is search of his father who went missing over 20 years prior. 
Ad Astra/Fox Movies website photo

Angel Ortega

September 22, 2019

“Ad Astra” is a compelling sci-fi drama with stunning visuals, a cohesive narrative and a great performance from Brad Pitt. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) leads a voyage called the "Lima Project" into space in search of intelligent life. However, the ship and its crew disappear and are never ...

‘Hustlers’ is funny yet fleshed-out

Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) and Destiny (Constance Wu) manipulate and exploit Wall Street brokers to perpetuate their expensive life styles.
IMDb website photo.

Angel Ortega

September 16, 2019

“Hustlers” is surprisingly profound and nuanced while displaying a compelling performance from the lead actresses. Inspired by an article written by Jessica Pressler, “Hustlers” tells the story of how exotic dancers Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) and Dorothy (Constance Wu), a.k.a. D...

‘Pet Sematary’ is a poor-man’s horror film

Church, the Creed family cat, is one the main antagonists of the film. 
IMDb website photo

Angel Ortega

April 9, 2019

With cheap horror clichés and poor writing, “Pet Sematary” is one of the most disappointing horror films of the year. Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) and his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) move from Boston to rural Maine with their two young kids to escape the exhausting work environment of the city....

‘A Madea Family Funeral’ delivers dull attempt at comedy in typical Tyler Perry fashion

Tyler Perry stars as Mabel

Angel Ortega

March 15, 2019

With a horrid narrative and writing style, Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Family Funeral” brings nothing new to the table and exhibits Perry’s consistently poor work ethic as a filmmaker. In the 11th and final film of the Madea film series, Madea and her brother Joe (both played by Perry)...

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