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The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

General Nanisca gets ready to charge in the battlefield. Picture used with permission from TriStar Pictures

‘The Woman King’ delivers both action and heart in a solid Hollywood Blockbuster

Sagnik Nag Chowdhury, Staff Writer September 19, 2022

As a group of men drink whiskey around a campfire, they hear a rustling in the grassy fields and are met by several armed women, led by General Nanisca, played by Viola Davis. “The Woman King,” which...

The Batman investigates a crime scene and searches for clues. Photo | Warner Bros.

‘The Batman’ is a nuanced take on a classic character

Nameek Chowdhury March 11, 2022

As the bat-signal looms over a Halloween night, “The Batman” plunges audiences into Gotham City’s underbelly. Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, the film released...

Paul Atreides trains to eventually take his fathers place. Photo courtesy of Legendary and Warner Bros.

‘Dune’ attempts too much at once

Nameek Chowdhury November 3, 2021

More of a fantasy-based hero’s journey than a science fiction piece, Oscar-winning director Denis Villeneuve tackles the first half of Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune” into a film adaptation which...

Poster art from Over the Moon showcases the films animation style and elements from the plot.

‘Over the Moon,’ shines in its graphics, soundtrack and storytelling

Vivian Jiang October 28, 2020
The visually stunning musical adventure, starring MV alumnae Cathy Ang, takes a modern twist on a traditional Chinese legend
Creed 2 movie poster. Photo taken without permission from IMBD.

‘Creed 2’ review: An outstanding continuation of the ‘Rocky’ franchise

Anish Vasudevan November 27, 2018

After “Creed 1” hit theatres in 2015 and soared through the box office ratings, racking up over $170 million in earnings, a sequel was apparent. As the fifth installment of the “Rocky” franchise,...

Duo Review: “Black Panther”

Duo Review: “Black Panther”

Ruth Feng and Chelsea Wong February 18, 2018

  “Black Panther” is nothing short of a triumph and cultural phenomenon brought to life by director Ryan Coogler and the stellar cast. On its third day at the box office, “Black Panther”...

 Daniel Craig flies an aircraft in an intense action sequence to save Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux). Eye-capturing action scenes are one reason to watch the new James Bond release.  Source: The Official James Bond 007 Website

Spectre: Gripping beginning and end, but middle pales in comparison

Neha Patchipala November 8, 2015

y name is Bond. James Bond. Movie theatres filled with people eager to see James Bond, an iconic character created by Ian Fleming in 1953, return to the big screen. Bond, with his license to kill, has...

MOVIE: ‘Vampire Academy’ doesn’t suck

Tanisha Dasmunshi February 10, 2014

The mixture of witty high school comedy and supernatural horror makes for a messy but strangely hilarious flick. ‘Vampire Academy’, based on the series of   novels by Richelle Mead,...

“Hangover III” inspires highs in some, headaches in others

“Hangover III” inspires highs in some, headaches in others

Ankita Tejwani May 29, 2013

Mixed Reviews is a feature where we examine recently released works with perspectives from two different reporters. This week we reviewed our first film “The Hangover Part III,” directed by Todd Phillips. Ankita’s...

The family side

The family side

Tiffany Lau November 23, 2009

"The Blind Side", based on the true life story of football player Michael Oher, does not fall under the typical teen movie From the trailer, it was obvious which direction the movie would...

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