Review: SXSW Premiere of Olivia Wilde’s “Booksmart” hits Theaters for End of School Fun

By Liz Lopez

Rating: B

Sometimes you can see a trailer for a comedy film with teens facing the usual coming of age challenges that we have already seen in past popular films and decide to pass on seeing it. Although, it might sound slightly predictable, the four screenwriters, Susanna Fogel (“The Spy Who Dumped Me”), Emily Halpern (“Good Girls” TV series), Sarah Haskins (“The Mayor” TV series) and Katie Silberman (“Isn’t it Romantic”) and director Olivia Wilde have created a great story about female friendship with all the ups and downs, including all it takes to get to the party of the year – even when they are not invited! Judging from the crowd at the premiere at the Paramount Theater during this year’s SXSW Film Festival, this comedy will have a huge following, from current grads to those who remember those days way behind us. 

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Review: ALADDIN

By Renee C.

Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

A kindhearted street urchin, Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and a power-hungry Grand Vizier (Marwan Zenzari) vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true (IMDB).

I really did not know what to expect from Disney’s latest remake of Aladdin. The trailers were a bit cryptic because they really did not reveal a lot but I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed watching this film. Smith is a spectacular choice to portray the Genie. I heard he initially turned down the role because he did not think he could top Robin Williams’s portrayal in the 1992 original. Luckily, for us Smith was finally convinced he could make it his own and that is exactly what he did. The result is a mixture of the old and new in regards to the music. Smith was able to add a slight wrap vibe to some of the old songs that brought them into this century.

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Review: BRIGHTBURN

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

From producer James Gunn, comes this wicked and sometimes shocking serving of subversion which offers an evil flipside to the Superman mythos. Presented as a nightmarish horror flick, Brightburn examines what happens when great power gets paired with no responsibility and a sociopathic mind. I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect going into this movie, but after leaving this screening, I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised, impressed, and disturbed.

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Review: ALADDIN

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 2.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Disney’s plan for live action/CGI remakes continues with this update on the popular and acclaimed 1992 animated film. So far, most of Disney’s new remakes have either been good or great and this latest one barely makes good. Though the filmmakers attempt to better develop the characters, in particular Princess Jasmine, and also features a politically-themed subplot, the rest of the movie plays out like an slightly inferior re-enactment of the original. The filmmakers and new cast do a good recreating some of these magical moments, but overall this version fails to achieve new heights of magic.

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Film News: “A Message From the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” is an Animated Short Film Focused on the Green New Deal

By Liz Lopez

Source: Sunrise Movement

The Intercept, together with U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Intercept senior correspondent Naomi Klein (“The Shock Doctrine”) present “A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” a 7-minute animated film featuring art by award-winning illustrator Molly Crabapple (“Brothers of the Gun”), co-written by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Avi Lewis (“This Changes Everything”) and co-directed by Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt. The film is narrated by Ocasio-Cortez.

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