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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

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‘Firestarter’ fails to make sparks

Alex Zhang, Staff Writer May 17, 2022

From the mind of author Stephen King and director Keith Thomas came a new adaptation of the 1980 novel “Firestarter.” Despite a fresh attempt at exceeding the initial 1984 movie adaption, the movie...

Jake Gyllenhaal and  Abdul-Matteen play brothers Will and Danny Photo | Universal Pictures

“Ambulance” drives past its welcome

Nameek Chowdhury and Krish Dev April 25, 2022

“Ambulance,” directed by Michael Bay, places audiences in a two hour chase sequence of an ambulance zooming through downtown Los Angeles. The film, released in theaters on April 8, is just what you...

Jude Law and Dan Fogler as Albus Dumbledore and Jacob Kowalski respectively in Secrets of Dumbledore. Photo | Warner Bros.

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ is a spectacular mess

Justin E Kim April 20, 2022
The success of Harry Potter glooms down on a film that flounders to stand by itself
Evelyn converses with an Internal Revenue Service inspector after being given another chance to pay her taxes, having filed them incorrectly the first time.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” puts heart into comedy

Lillian Wang April 20, 2022
Two hours of multiverse chaos makes for an unexpectedly meaningful film
Michael Morbius possesses the ability to transform into a vampire.

“Morbius” fails to deliver a memorable origin story

Minjae Kang April 13, 2022
The latest Sony film is an underwhelming and forgettable experience
The driving home 2 u movie poster features Rodrigo leaning against a wheel, alluding to her single drivers license which jumpstarted her impressive artistic debut

‘driving home 2 u’ is the embodiment of raw authenticity

Aashi Venkat March 29, 2022
Olivia Rodrigo’s documentary adds an additional layer of depth to her hit debut album
Ryan Reynolds and Walker Scobell gaze up at the sky | Sky Dance Media

‘The Adam Project’ is another overdone Sci-fi cliche

Alex Zhang, Staff Writer March 19, 2022

Fresh off the success from the duo’s partnership in last year’s hit movie “Free Guy,” Director Shawn Levy and star Ryan Reynolds burst back onto the big screen in Netflix’s latest movie “The...

Official Poster for “Turning Red,” released exclusively on Disney+ on March 11.

Disney’s “Turning Red” puts an Asian spin on the coming of age experience

Krish Dev and Minjae Kang March 16, 2022

“My whole life I’ve been perfect little Mei Mei. But maybe I like this new me.” Chinese Canadian teenager Meilin Lee transforms into a giant red panda whenever she feels strong emotions in Disney’s...

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...

James Bond, now retired, in Jamaica. Photo courtesy of MGM

‘No Time to Die’ stakes its claim as the ‘most emotional Bond film’

Nameek Chowdhury October 13, 2021

Kicking off with the classic gun barrel sequence, "No Time to Die" is the latest addition to the 58- year-old James Bond franchise and the last time Daniel Craig will play the character. The highly anticipated...

Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle is set in the Forest of Okoya, putting Koko, a human raised by Pokémon in the spotlight. Photo | The Pokémon Company

‘Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle’ has something for everyone

Justin E Kim October 13, 2021
The 23rd movie in the franchise expands on the Pokémon world while staying true to what makes it so beloved
Simu Liu as Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.  Photo | ​Marvel Studios

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is a refreshing entry for a new phase of Marvel hits

Justin E Kim September 7, 2021
The newest addition to the MCU successfully tests the waters of classic martial arts flicks
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