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Santa Monica in the Movies

Santa Monica in the Movies

Christina Kelley, Staff Writer
September 21
Filed under Culture, Trending Stories

A great way to track our beach city's place in pop culture history is to look at the many movies which have been shot here. By visiting the places these famous movies were filmed, you can get a sense of what the outside world has seen of our city -- as well as how the city has changed over the years.

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Summer movie preview

Summer movie preview

Jacob Hirsohn, Arts & Entertainment Editor
May 2
Filed under Culture, Top Stories

2016 has quietly broken the rule that movies aren’t supposed to get interesting until the first big tentpole movie release in May. But even though we’re still a week out from the official start of the summer movie season with the release of that one big superhero movie people seem to be buzzing...

5 most anticipated movies for the rest of 2016

5 most anticipated movies for the rest of 2016

Jacob Hirsohn, Arts & Entertainment Editor
March 16
Filed under Culture, Top Stories

The turning of the calendar to March indicates that we have survived another year of Hollywood’s flop season. Every year of cinema inevitably gets off to a slow start as studios reserve January and February to dump off the movies they wish had never happened. You can tell 2016 was no different by...

Flashback Fridays: “Star Wars” – revisiting mythology

Flashback Fridays: “Star Wars” – revisiting mythology

Alci Rengifo, Editor-in-Chief
April 17
Filed under Culture, Top Stories

In a thousand years, long after our civilization has collapsed and our descendants huddle around a campfire underneath radioactive skies, they will no doubt hush to each other the tale of "Star Wars." George Lucas's opus long ago stopped being just a movie, it's now firmly our shared mythology. It's...

A look at the 2015 Oscar-nominated animated short films

Sherrie Dickinson, Social Media Editor
February 21
Filed under Culture

Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is finally over. The pinnacle of awards season for films and filmmakers has arrived. This Sunday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 87th Academy Awards ceremony (now officially known as The Oscars) will honor the best films of 2014, and with it evidently...

Laughter & Tears: The cinema of Robin Williams

Laughter & Tears: The cinema of Robin Williams

Alci Rengifo, Editor-In-Chief
August 12
Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Another great one has left us. For more than three decades, Robin Williams graced the film and TV screen with an assortment of unforgettable characters, voices, and presences that will remain etched in our collective consciousness forever. He has passed away at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide. He...

“Life Itself” is a moving chronicle of Roger Ebert’s life of letters and film

“Life Itself” is a moving chronicle of Roger Ebert’s life of letters and film

Alci Rengifo, Editor-in-Chief
July 8
Filed under Culture, Reviews, Top Stories

An unflinching view into the daily struggles of a man devoted to his passions, struck by illness and the harrowing, emotional toll.

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Flashback Fridays: Independence Day

Flashback Fridays: Independence Day

Juan Lopez, Web Editor
July 4
Filed under Culture, Top Stories

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, what better way to celebrate than blowing up the White House? No, not in the sense of an anarchist fever dream, but in the sense of extraterrestrials doing the unthinkable. This was the wondrous special effects-laden takeaway provided by the initial teaser trai...

Film review: Third Person is a convoluted yet compelling collection of fragments

Film review: Third Person is a convoluted yet compelling collection of fragments

Rachel Gianuario, News Editor
July 1
Filed under Culture, Reviews

“Third Person”, Oscar-winner Paul Haggis’s latest offering, is an experiment of intricately woven together Aronofsky-like vignettes, perhaps too convoluted for his all-star cast to hold together. Despite the cast, ratings and box office earnings certainly fell far behind other art house flicks...

“Jersey Boys” review: Eastwood’s morbid version of a musical

“Jersey Boys” review: Eastwood’s morbid version of a musical

Rachel Gianuario, News Editor
June 24
Filed under Culture, Reviews, Top Stories

“Jersey Boys”, a film adaptation of the original 2005 Broadway hit of the same name, could possibly be one of the greatest movies to see with your grandparents this year.  Essentially, it's a “Dreamgirls”-“Goodfellas” combo with the well-known Clint Eastwood grayscale and curious morbidity. Perhaps it was Eastwo...

On the set of the summer shoot for SMC’s “Muñecas.”

On the set of the summer shoot for SMC’s “Muñecas.”

Alci Rengifo, Editor-in-Chief
June 23
Filed under Culture, Top Stories

As a summertime silence descended over the Santa Monica College campus over the weekend, the first floor of the Letters & Arts building was turned into a living movie set on Saturday. Film 33, the SMC class which immerses students in the full experience of producing a professional short film,...

“Puss in Boots” slashes into theaters

Fatou Samb
December 4
Filed under Culture

After appearances in the “Shrek” movie series, the scene-stealing character Puss in Boots is getting a spinoff, inviting fans on a different kind of adventure. The titular, unapologetic Don Juan (Antonio Banderas) is comical and irresistible in this prequel to his “Shrek” debut. The portrayal...

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