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“Avengers: Endgame” a monumental conclusion to an era

“Avengers: Endgame” a monumental conclusion to an era

Angel Ortega

April 28, 2019


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WARNING: SPOILERS! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN "AVENGERS: ENDGAME"Exhibiting stellar screen-writing and outstanding performances, “Avengers: Endgame” is the perfect conclusion to the Avengers series. Following the events of the previous Avengers film, “Avengers: Infinity War,...

“The Curse of La Llorona” reaps a flawed attempt at horror

“The Curse of La Llorona” reaps a flawed attempt at horror

Angel Ortega

April 21, 2019


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Exhibiting one of the most flawed and uninspired narratives in contemporary horror, “The Curse of La Llorona” displays nothing original and is reflective of New Line Cinema and Atomic Monster Productions’ lazy filmmaking. The film takes place in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Anna Tate...

Jordan Peele delivers another instant-classic horror film

Jordan Peele delivers another instant-classic horror film

Angel Ortega

March 24, 2019


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Although it’s not a perfect horror film, Jordan Peele's “Us” is an outstanding film layered with social commentary and symbolism. Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) and her husband, Gabe (Winston Duke), spend their family vacation at a summer home, Adelaide’s childhood home, nea...

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

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

Angel Ortega

March 15, 2019


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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)...

‘Captain Marvel’ displays an astronomical origin story

‘Captain Marvel’ displays an astronomical origin story

Angel Ortega

March 11, 2019


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Though it carries some flaws, “Captain Marvel” is an excellent superhero movie with an outstanding performance from Brie Larson. “Captain Marvel,” the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), tells the origin story of Vers (Brie Larson), an extraterrestrial Kree warr...

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is all flash but no substance

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is all flash but no substance

Angel Ortega

February 24, 2019


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“Alita: Battle Angel” attempts to compensate a flawed narrative with stunning visuals. The film, directed by Robert Rodriguez, takes place in the year 2563. A cataclysmic war, known as "the fall," has left Earth devastated. While salvaging through the scrapyard of Iron City, Ido (Christop...

‘The Hate U Give’ is a forgettable drama

‘The Hate U Give’ is a forgettable drama

Angel Ortega

February 15, 2019


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“The Hate U Give,” directed by George Tillman Jr., follows Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a high school girl who lives in a poor, mostly black neighborhood but attends a private school in an affluent, predominately white neighborhood. Carter struggles to come to terms with her racial an...

‘The Lego Movie 2′ is much more than a kids’ movie

‘The Lego Movie 2′ is much more than a kids’ movie

Angel Ortega

February 10, 2019


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“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” is a cleverly written comedy with almost no dull moments. In the sequel to “The Lego Movie” (2014), the film picks up where it left off five years ago. The city of Bricksburg is threatened when LEGO DUPLO alien invaders pose a threat to the ci...

Director Barry Jenkins delivers another masterpiece with ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Director Barry Jenkins delivers another masterpiece with ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Angel Ortega

February 6, 2019


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From Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is a romance set in 1970s Harlem, New York. It follows the lives of Tish (Kiki Layne) and her fiancé, Alonzo (Stephan James) who goes by the nickname Fonny. Tish and Fonny are young, in love and ready to...

“The Favourite” is a brilliant period piece

“The Favourite” is a brilliant period piece

Angel Ortega

January 31, 2019


Filed under A&E Featured Articles List, A&E Sliding Showcase, Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

“The Favourite” captures some of the best on-screen performances and exquisite production values this year. The film, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, follows Queen Anne of Britain (Olivia Colman) in her later years during the late 18th century. As war with France drains the British economy and as...

‘Shoplifters’ manages to steal the hearts of moviegoers

‘Shoplifters’ manages to steal the hearts of moviegoers

Angel Ortega

January 22, 2019


Filed under A&E Featured Articles List, Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

With an incredible cast and immersive storytelling, “Shoplifters” delivers one of the most poignant films about family and love.“Shoplifters,” directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, revolves around a Tokyo family living in poverty who shoplift for basic necessities just to get by. When ...

‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ surprises in a good way

‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ surprises in a good way

Ulises Duenas

October 1, 2018


Filed under A&E Sliding Showcase, Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Director Eli Roth puts his horror background to good use by venturing into whatever dark pit Jack Black's career has been in and temporarily digs him out for "The House with a Clock in Its Walls".It's surprising to see the guy that directed "The Green Inferno" direct a family movie. Eli Roth has done a great job of making so...

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