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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... 

Movie Review: Small girl hits the big screen

Valerie Dominguez Staff Writer From the writer of such award-winning films such as “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo,” Hayao Miyazaki gives movie-goers another emotionally-captivating animated film that expresses the important message that life should be lived to the fullest. Based on Mary Norton’s 1952 fantasy novel “The Borrowers,” “The Secret World of Arrietty” tells the story about a... 

Movie Review: ‘Breaking Dawn’ is lackluster

Lauren Creiman News Editor Diehard “Twilight” fans across the world rejoiced at the recent release of the latest movie installment, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part One.” Contrary to popular belief among Twihards, the movie does not sparkle nearly as bright as the Cullens’ skin. Although the movie does have some promising moments, the work overall is decent at best. The early part... 

Commentary: ‘Twilight’ saga fails to sparkle

<i>Commentary</i>: ‘Twilight’ saga fails to sparkle
Amanda Nieto, LV Life Editor With next Friday’s release of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part One,” many fans are rereading books and polishing lines from the movies. However, for those who have managed to evade the disease that is “Twilight,” I commend your dedication to entertainment and literary standards. I am obviously far from being a Twihard, and in all honesty I cannot understand... 

Film festival scopes out the 909

Brianna Means Staff Writer The creativity of the 909 area code was showcased with the second annual 909 Film Festival rescreening put on by the University of La Verne’s communication department. All eighteen films played at the film festival fell within the time span of nine minutes and nine seconds. The festival was held at 7 p.m., Oct. 28 in ACB 212 and featured documentaries on the Los Angeles... 

Friday screenings revisit past ages of music

Christina Collins Burton Managing Editor Every Friday at 1 p.m. the Morgan Auditorium is turned into a time capsule that, when opened, transports you back in time with music from every era. Music Movie Fridays, started on Oct. 14, gives audiences a chance to watch movies that take viewers back to a time when music altered cultures. “I wanted to bring people into the auditorium that might not have... 

Commentary: Empty plots butcher modern horror

<i>Commentary</i>: Empty plots butcher modern horror
Christina Collins Burton, Managing Editor It is Halloween, a time I usually like to celebrate by going to see the latest installment of a horror movie franchise that studios love to beat to death. This year it will be “Paranormal Activity 3,” which I have very little hope for. Last year it was the final “Saw” film, which only confused me and made me very angry with the Jigsaw legacy. I am beginning... 
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