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'Bliss' ignorantly believes that it's smarter than it actual is - Photo Source Amazon Prime Studios.

Amazon’s “Bliss” is ignorant towards its many flaws as a sci-fi drama

Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 25, 2021

When done properly, stories with science fiction settings can be used to explore concepts and themes in engaging ways that captivate audiences into their worlds. Amazon Prime Video’s “Bliss” desperately...

“One Night in Miami is a love letter to 60s black icons that does not streamline history” -  Source - Amazon Studios.

“One Night in Miami” showcases struggles, triumphs of Civil Rights Movement

Jocelyn Arroyo-Ariza, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

“One Night in Miami” is the directorial feature film debut of Regina King and is a movie adaptation of the stage play by Kemp Powers. The film is a fictionalized retelling of the night that Cassius...

“We Are the Brooklyn Saints” focuses less on the game and more on the development of the team’s community. Photo Source - Netflix.

‘We Are: The Brooklyn Saints’ is an emotional documentary on football, community

Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 22, 2021

There are plenty of sports-focused documentary series that tell the stories of all-star players who became some of the best players in history. “We Are: The Brooklyn Saints,” however, does not...

The Dig replicates the detailed setting of 1940s Europe - Image Credit - Netflix.

Netflix’s ‘The Dig’ dramatically retells an important archeological discovery

Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 11, 2021

Netflix’s “The Dig” is an engaging, dramatic retelling of one of the most important archaeological discoveries in human history. Set in 1939 England, the film details the story of the excavators...

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‘Rebecca’ is a shallow, unoriginal adaptation of the 1930 novel

Katherine Daly, Staff Writer November 15, 2020

There is nothing fresh, never mind original, in Ben Wheatley's retelling of Rebecca. Based on the late 1930s novel, this film version of Rebecca had high expectationsbut unfortunately fell hard...

‘The Queen’s Gambit’: A refreshing historical miniseries that manages to remain topical

‘The Queen’s Gambit’: A refreshing historical miniseries that manages to remain topical

Jocelyn Arroyo-Ariza, Staff Writer November 15, 2020

The Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit chronicles the emotional story of the struggle and success of chess champion Beth Harmon. She is portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy, who received acclaim for...

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Disney’s ‘The Mandalorian’ continues to excite with the start of its second season

Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor November 15, 2020

Season 1 of The Mandalorian wowed audiences with its live-action look into the Star Wars expanded universe last year with many fans agreeing that it was one of the best things to happen to the franchise...

Photo Courtesy of Disney

‘Clouds’ is an emotional, inspiring trip through the life of a late creator

Shakinah Silverberg, Staff Writer November 2, 2020

Zachary David Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, at the young age of 14. He lived in Lakeland, Minnesota, and loved to write, perform and compose music. The film “Clouds,” named...

Photo Courtesy of Nico Tavernise and Netflix

‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’: A thrilling retelling of one of America’s most notorious trials

Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor November 2, 2020

The Vietnam War infamously brought great turmoil and created one of the greatest divisions America had ever seen. “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” directed by Aaron Sorkin, depicts the story of one of...

Dylan O’ Brien stars as Joel Dawson in ‘Love and Monster’, an enjoyable but standard film that incorporates tropes from monster movies with a romantic comedy twist - Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

‘Love and Monsters’ shows potential as thriller but fails to live up to it

Jocelyn Arroyo-Ariza , Contributing Writer November 2, 2020

Not to be confused with the Doctor Who episode of the same name, “Love and Monsters” was released on Oct. 16 to selected theaters and streaming platforms. The film evokes light-hearted romantic...

Adam Sandler haunts viewers with another crude performance in Hubie Halloween - Photo Courtsey of Netflix

Adam Sandler Frightens Audiences Once Again With Netflix’s “Hubie Halloween”

Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 16, 2020

Adam Sandler has a notorious reputation for relishing in the production of crude comedy flicks with distinguishing low levels of nuance and quality. Last year, Sandler took a drastic turn from his prior...

Vampires vs. The Bronx while cliché, presents interesting themes with its setting - Photo Courtesy of Broadway Video

“Vampires vs. the Bronx” Is a Simple but Enjoyable Start to the Halloween Season

Katherine Daly, Staff Writer October 16, 2020

here’s always a thin line between a scream and a laugh. Both serve to release pent-up emotion and tend to be amplified within the right setting, be it a group event at a theatre or a solo experience at...

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