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The shimmery world of ‘Annihilation’

The shimmery world of ‘Annihilation’

Yasmine Castaneda,
Contributor

April 11, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Features

If you are planning on watching the new science fiction film, “Annihilation,” be prepared for a weird, intriguing and unsettling world. The film examines our self-destructive nature and looks at how emotions such as depression, grief and sadness push people to their limits. “Annihilation” i...

Enough with the “The Last Jedi” hate

Enough with the “The Last Jedi” hate

Kestutis Rushing,
Contributor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

In 1977, George Lucas, a director with only two feature-length films under his belt, created something that nobody had faith in. Not even the studio. But to everyone's surprise, the movie exploded into a worldwide phenomenon. Now we sit in 2018, a little over 40 years later, as the eighth movie in t...

Movie review: Marshall

Movie review: Marshall

Britney Yarbrough,
Contributor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The new feature film “Marshall,” released by Open Road Films, portrayed the late, great lawyer, chief counsel of the NAACP legal defense and the 96th associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall. Marshall is primarily known amongst other things for becoming the first...

‘mother!’: An allegory pushed too far

‘mother!’: An allegory pushed too far

Earlene Mary Escobal,
Contributor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Features, Opinion

The new psychological horror film, 'mother!' really messes with your head in a very uncomfortable manner. The psychological horror film was directed by Darren Arkonofsky and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. It is about a man and a woman who are labeled as Him and mother respectively in the ...

‘Guardians’ sequel digs deep: Superhero movie incorporates heavy subject matter

‘Guardians’ sequel digs deep: Superhero movie incorporates heavy subject matter

Stephen Freitas,
Contributor

May 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion, Showcase

At 7:00 p.m. on May 4, groups of moviegoers decked out in costumes or their favorite comic apparel headed to movie theaters for the long-awaited sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Thursday was the first day the pre-shows of the new Marvel film began before its official release last Friday. ...

A ‘Groot’ second installment: Marvel breaks the cycle with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise

A ‘Groot’ second installment: Marvel breaks the cycle with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise

Daniel McGuire,
Contributor

May 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

Hollywood has a habit of finding a theme, or movie formula, that works and then creates multiple movies based on the same idea with different actors. It’s as if they are repeatedly changing the cover of the same book. One recent formula driving Hollywood is superhero movies. The first installment of ea...

‘Ghost Town to Havana’ film inspires, connects

‘Ghost Town to Havana’ film inspires, connects

Cristian Medina,
Contributor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase, Sports

For many people, baseball is just a game. Some even find it boring. For others, it’s a way of life. It’s something that you’re born into and something that fills you with an indescribable sense of pride. For members of an Oakland youth baseball team, it was a way out of a less-than-desirable lif...

‘Get Out’ tackles social, race issues

‘Get Out’ tackles social, race issues

Tishauna Carrell,
Staff Writer

March 15, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

The new film “Get Out” is a turning point as a horror movie, and hopefully will inspire future filmmakers to take a different approach to making horror movies. When I saw the trailer for “Get Out,” I was looking forward to seeing a horror film that included a focus on African Americans, so...

Wolverine slashes into theaters for the last time

Wolverine slashes into theaters for the last time

Marcus Bishop,
Contributor

March 8, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

In the summer of 2000, Hugh Jackman first donned the sideburns and claws of the mutant-Canadian Logan, otherwise known as Wolverine. Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine, in “Logan,” hit the silver screen March 3. Since 2000, Jackman has reprised his role in nine different films. “Logan” w...

African-American history needs an upgrade now

African-American history needs an upgrade now

Michelle Johnson,
Contributor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase

On a recent Sunday, I saw the film “Hidden Figures” at a small theater in El Cerrito with my mother. I had heard great reviews about the movie and I love the leading actresses — Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae — who portray women engineers in NASA’s Project Mercury that ...

“Birth of a Nation” praised, criticized

“Birth of a Nation” praised, criticized

Denika Williams,
Contributor

October 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

“The Birth of a Nation” is actor Nate Parker’s first film as a director, but his film is very different from the original. In this dramatization based on a true story, Nate Parker portrays an enslaved African-American man named Nat Turner who led a slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831. I saw th...

Marvel versus DC: Did Civil War truly crush Dawn of Justice?

AJ Luna,
Contributor

June 2, 2016


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

Superhero movies are cranked out faster than you can watch them. Fox, Warner Bros and Marvel predictably release them every year. On March 25, Warner Bros released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel followed with Captain America: Civil War on May 6. They are both based on popular comic boo...

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