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Movie Review: ‘Life of Pi’ beats Hollywood cliché

Robert Penalber News Editor Fans of Yann Martel’s “The Life of Pi” will rejoice when watching director Ang Lee’s film adaptation, applauding the film for not being just another one of those novel-turned-Hollywood sell-outs. Even more, “The Life of Pi” accomplishes what few movies are able to achieve nowadays- presenting an astounding 3-D film that actually contains a detailed plot. Piscine... 

Movie Review: ‘Paranormal 4’ spooks up laughter

Christina Collins Burton Editor in Chief The clever silhouette placements and high-pitched ringing sounds were about the only redeemable qualities of the fourth installment of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise. Unlike the past films which left audiences shivering after the mention of the demonic storyline, this latest plot development left many people laughing rather than screaming. The story... 

Students learn Spanish with horror

Veronica Orozco News Editor Students gathered in the Arts and Communications Building Wednesday afternoon for the continuation of the Language and Cinema film series presented by the department of modern languages. This week’s movie, “El Orfanato,” is a 2007 Spanish psychological thriller directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. The movie began by showing young children in an orphanage and a call being... 

Movie Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania’ spooks families closer together

Erica Maurice Staff Writer “Hotel Transylvania” is the perfect heart-warming children’s movie to connect the whole family. The film, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, tells the story of Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler, as he tries to shield his daughter Mavis, voiced by Selena Gomez, from the human world. Tartakovsky has directed and produced some of the animated shows that 1990s kids grew... 

Lost in a modern language

Erica Maurice Staff Writer Imagine being in a foreign country without knowing the language or the culture. This sense of alienation was the theme of the latest film in the Language and Cinema film series hosted by the department of modern languages. The University of La Verne’s department of modern languages hosted “Lost in Translation” Sept. 19 in the Arts and Communications Building 212. Modern... 

909 Fest celebrates the quirky

Karo Chakhlasyan Arts Editor The third annual 909 Film Festival screened an array of Inland Empire-inspired films, ranging from the adorable to the downright bizarre. It ended with two University of La Verne student-produced films that earned awards Sunday night at Pitzer College in Claremont. “Not only did our students have six videos accepted into the screening,” Professor of Communications Don... 

Movie Review: ‘Avengers’ breaks records

Veronica Sepulveda Staff Writer “Marvel’s The Avengers” is a film that has been greatly anticipated since the release of “Iron Man” in mid 2008, where fans got a teaser for what was to come when Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, approaches Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative. These teasers soon started showing up in other Marvel movies such as “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor,”... 

Movie Review: ‘The Raven’ is dreary, weak and weary

Danielle Navarro Staff Writer As one of the pillars of American literature, it would only be fitting for a film about Edgar Allan Poe to be as dark and captivating as his works. Unfortunately, “The Raven” is not that film. “The Raven” is a fictional story about Poe’s final days in Baltimore in 1840. After a murder, detective Emmett Fields discovers that the circumstances are identical to... 

Movie Review: ‘Hunger Games’ feeds fans

Danielle Navarro Staff Writer Excitement has been building for the release of “The Hunger Games” since plans for the film adaptation of the novel were announced in early 2009. The resulting film has not only established the beginning of Hollywood’s next big movie franchise, but also lived up to, and possibly even exceeded, all the hype surrounding it. “The Hunger Games” began in 2008 as the... 

Movie Review: ‘80s show ’21 Jump Street’ makes film debut

Christina Collins Burton Editor in Chief An update of the 1980s television show of the same name, “21 Jump Street,” comes a surprisingly entertaining comedy that strays from the stereotypical slapstick film. The duo Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill created great situational comedy and plenty of laughs for the audience to enjoy. Instead of stealing the original story of a cop being taken off the street... 
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