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‘The Lighthouse’ is beautiful yet upsetting

‘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 Eggers, the mind behind 2016’s “The Witch.” “The Lighthouse” tells ...

‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ is a refreshing and hilarious comedy

‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ is a refreshing and hilarious comedy

Angel Ortega and Melissa Herrera

October 14, 2019

“Between Two Ferns: The Movie” is a hilarious film that reflects Zach Galifianakis’ exceptional comedic style. “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” is a fictious spin-off of Galifianakis’ web series of the same name, where Galifianakis, host of a public access talk show...

‘Joker’ is a beautifully sinister film

‘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 suffers from mental illness stemming from abuse he experienced in his early life and from the turbul...

‘The Goldfinch’ is visually appealing but lacks substance

‘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” centers around Theo, played by both Ansel Elgort and Oakes Fegley, who struggles to come to terms with...

“Avengers: Endgame” a monumental conclusion to an era

“Avengers: Endgame” a monumental conclusion to an era

Angel Ortega

April 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

“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...

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