Movie/Music News: “Coco” Soundtrack Now Available from Walt Disney Records

Source: Walt Disney Records and Disney Pixar

Posted by Liz Lopez

BURBANK, Calif. / As Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” heads into theaters this Thanksgiving, the film’s soundtrack has made its debut from Walt Disney Records. The film features an original score from Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino, a song by Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and additional songs co-written by Germaine Franco and co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina. Read more »

Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE

By Renee’ C.

Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), to face an even greater enemy (IMDB).

This film is visually stunning because the computer-generated effects are superb and add to the storytelling and depth of this film. I expected nothing but the best because I knew that DC Comics is trying to compete with the Marvel Comics franchise. Read more »

Review: WONDER

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

The Elephant Man and Mask are just a couple of several stories about disfigured people overcoming prejudice and struggling with their own self-consciousness about their condition.  However, there aren’t too many kid/family friendly ones that offer the realistic perspective of a young child with a similar condition.  Based on the acclaimed and popular children’s novel by R. J. Palacio, Wonder introduces movie audiences to Auggie Pullman, a smart and sweet ten year-old boy who suffers from a rare condition that has left him facially disfigured.  The film follows his journey as he enters school for the first time and also shows the perspectives of his closest loved ones.  The movie offers a wonderful and heartwarming tale of love, family, and rising above fear.   Read more »

Review: NOVITIATE

By Renee’ C.

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman, Sister Cathleen (Margaret Qualley), in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality (IMDB).

This film instantly draws the viewer into the lives of several innocent young and non-worldly women exploring the possibility of becoming a nun for life in the Catholic Church. It is at times gut wrenching because they are exploring existential life issues that most of us spend our entire lives trying to resolve. I thought the Church was nurturing but these girls are repressed from day one to follow religious doctrine or suffer the consequences. Plus, this nunnery is cloistered which means hardly any contact with the outside world. Complete and total immersion in religious life.

As these girls traverse though the training, some are asked to leave while others decide to leave. It is interesting and difficult to watch the relentless exploration their faith on the path to marry God. I found this film to be excellently written, acted and made. However, it was also hard for me to watch because of my own beliefs. I would recommend watching this one Netflix or Hulu.

Austin Film Festival 2017 Review: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

At this year’s festival, I had the immense pleasure of watching what might be the best movie of 2017.  As the year isn’t over just yet, that title still remains to be seen.  For now, though, I do not know of any one film that has really won my heart to such a strong degree or had such a profound impact on my soul.  2017, as a whole, will go down as a time of hurting, revelation (not in the biblical sense, hopefully), and enlightenment for some.  Upon much reflection on Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, I cannot think of another film this year that has a firmer grasp on the pulse of the human race and all of the problems and ways we hinder ourselves from improving each other. Read more »