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‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: a lesbian romance done with love

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: a lesbian romance done with love

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Of the vast amount of lesbian dramas that have emerged from the last decade, most have been the product of a male director, containing graphic sex scenes that don’t necessarily contribute to the plot, like Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Colour,” for example. Others, however, are ca...

‘Emma.’ is a visually breathtaking adaptation

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Jane Austen’s classic novel, “Emma.” gets another readaptation in Director Autumn De Wilde’s visually beautiful version of a classic story of rich, young matchmaker Emma Woodhouse. As far as the story goes, “Emma.” isn’t something under the radar in pop culture. There have been countle...

‘The Invisible Man’ is a true psychological horror film

‘The Invisible Man’ is a true psychological horror film

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

If anyone has been feeling a little underwhelmed by the latest films in the horror and thriller genre to come out—à la “The Turning”—then I’m here to say that “The Invisible Man” has come to the rescue. Directed by Leigh Whannell, who starred in and co-wrote “Saw” (2004), “The I...

‘P.S. I Still Love You’ is the sequel that hits softly

‘P.S. I Still Love You’ is the sequel that hits softly

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” the sequel to Netflix’s “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018), deepens Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky’s (Noah Centineo) relationship, but doesn’t add much else.  This time around, Director Michael Fimognari takes the story of th...

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is fun and redeeming

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is fun and redeeming

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Director Jeff Fowler’s feature directorial debut, “Sonic the Hedgehog,” takes the classic video game character into a fun, carefree movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  It’s been an entire year since we got a first glimpse at the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie, and we can ...

‘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...

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