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Movie: ‘The Place Beyond the Pines‘ features a twist on the father-son plot

Movie: ‘The Place Beyond the Pines‘ features a twist on the father-son plot

Robert Sulgit

April 10, 2013


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“The Place Beyond the Pines”, may seem like a classic crime movie, but at its heart, it explores much deeper themes. Overall, the film addresses the connection between father and son, and how someone‘s choices can affect those around them. “Beyond the Pines” focuses on Luke Glanton (Gosling...

Movie: ‘Evil Dead’ goes above and beyond original

Movie: ‘Evil Dead’ goes above and beyond original

Robert Sulgit

April 10, 2013


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“Evil Dead,” directed by Fede Alvarez, is a remake of the 1981 cult classic of the same name. Although it takes some creative license with the characters, it still holds true to the original‘s ultra-violent themes. The film’s opening features a possessed girl being burned alive by her father at t...

Movie: ‘Jurassic Park 3D’ greatly improved with few changes

Movie: ‘Jurassic Park 3D’ greatly improved with few changes

Nathan Desai

April 6, 2013


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OUR GRADE: 4.5 stars YOUR GRADE: // When “Jurassic Park” was first released 20 years ago, not a single current MVHS student had even been born. However, despite the age of the film, its longevity still withstands the test of time as one of the most revolutionary visual effects films of all time. Initi...

Movie: ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ embraces its own ridiculous plot

Movie: ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ embraces its own ridiculous plot

Robert Sulgit

March 28, 2013


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Walking into G.I. Joe: Retaliation and expecting a serious and deep plot is like walking into Burger King expecting a gourmet meal. While the target audience of “Retaliation” is 13- year old boys, it suits them perfectly. Fans of Channing Tatum will be disappointed in the sequel to 2009’s “Ris...

Movie: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ is an impressive act

Movie: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ is an impressive act

Angela Wang

March 11, 2013


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The wizard lives up to the expectations of the people of Oz and of viewers watching his journey on the big screen. Read More »...

Movie: ‘Broken City’ fails to break standards

Movie: ‘Broken City’ fails to break standards

AlexaTheaSuarez

January 22, 2013


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“Tell me things haven't changed!” a corrupt Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe) triumphantly calls out in the midst of a political debate, trying to convince his misguided audience that he has improved the living conditions of his jurisdiction. “Broken City,” a crime drama directed by Allen H...

Movie: ‘Gangster Squad’ embellished yet underdeveloped

Movie: ‘Gangster Squad’ embellished yet underdeveloped

Anjali Bhat

January 15, 2013


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Gunshots and glamor oversimplify the problems of a crime-ridden Los Angeles in the 1940’s. Read More »...

Movie: ‘Struck By Lightning’ an inspiring portrait of the teenage spirit

Movie: ‘Struck By Lightning’ an inspiring portrait of the teenage spirit

Yashashree Pisolkar

January 11, 2013


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OUR GRADE: 4.5 stars YOUR GRADE:  [polldaddy rating="6496302"]     We like to pretend our lives are difficult and maybe even twisted. Because at a school like ours, students juggle academic challenges and peer pressure with their own personal commitment to excell...

Preview: ‘Struck By Lightning’ hits theaters Jan. 11

Preview: ‘Struck By Lightning’ hits theaters Jan. 11

Yashashree Pisolkar

January 10, 2013


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On Dec. 16, 2012, El Estoque participated in a video chat with actor Chris Colfer about his new movie, “Struck By Lightning.” The interview, organized by Tribeca Film, featured questions from student journalists from throughout California. The interview has been reproduced below. Some questions ha...

Movie: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ strikingly truthful and thrilling

Movie: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ strikingly truthful and thrilling

Amrutha Dorai

January 9, 2013


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Film reenacting hunt for Osama bin Laden delivers realism unlike any action movie before. Read More »...

Movie: ‘Killing Them Softly’ a convincingly articulated message

Movie: ‘Killing Them Softly’ a convincingly articulated message

Yashashree Pisolkar

December 3, 2012


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OUR GRADE: 4 stars YOUR GRADE: [polldaddy rating="6395886"] The inmate steps outside the prison door, his eyes fluttering in the blasting sun. The only thing that can be heard is a radio, and on it a deep, authoritative voice. The voice talks about his promise to America, the changes he will bring ...

MOVIE: ‘Life of Pi’ mesmerizingly beautiful

MOVIE: ‘Life of Pi’ mesmerizingly beautiful

Forest Liao

November 25, 2012


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Adventure film lacks strength in meaning, but is visually masterful Read More »