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Werner Herzog’s ‘Into the Inferno’ is a Different Kind of Nature Odyssey [MOVIE REVIEW]

Werner Herzog’s ‘Into the Inferno’ is a Different Kind of Nature Odyssey [MOVIE REVIEW]

by H. Nelson Tracey/www.cinemacy.com In director Werner Herzog’s own words, “This is not something you will find playing on the National Geographic channel.” And with all due respect to NatGeo, from the very beginning, the sounds of an angelic chorus singing hymns over images of a fiery chasm of volcanic magma, reveals that we are in […]

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Local Islamic community finds solace, hope in Torrance’s embrace

Local Islamic community finds solace, hope in Torrance’s embrace

by Saima Fariz Torrance has long offered its Islamic community a safe and welcoming space to express their faith within. In the face of the 2016 election results, Muslims in the city remain steadfast in demystifying their religion with positive messages of identity and inclusion. Using simply the word “hope” to describe her faith, 16-year […]

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‘Bleed For This’ goes the full twelve rounds

‘Bleed For This’ goes the full twelve rounds

by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com There’s a fire that burns in “Bleed For This,” the latest boxing-story-to-screen movie about boxer Vinny Pazienza, the former World-Champ who suffered what should’ve been not only a career-ending but life-ending car accident and his against-all-odds decision to train to get back in the ring. Vinny’s insane perseverance and dedication to the sport […]

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‘Nocturnal Animals’ is as stylish and seductive as its director, Tom Ford

‘Nocturnal Animals’ is as stylish and seductive as its director, Tom Ford

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Leave it to Tom Ford, world-renowned fashion designer (fans include Beyoncé, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Will Smith, and Julianne Moore to name a few), to create such a visceral and complexly beautiful follow-up to his directorial debut, “A Single Man,” with the sexy revenge thriller, “Nocturnal Animals.” Based on the novel Tony […]

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Enter “Arrival,” this year’s smartest sci-fi flick

Enter “Arrival,” this year’s smartest sci-fi flick

by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Inevitably, alien invasion movies must ask themselves – and their audience – the same critical question: What are they doing here? And yet, before this question can even be posited to alien life forms, the small hurdle of needing to teach word-based human language to an alien species of entirely symbol-based communication […]

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TEDx Manhattan Beach asks ‘What if?’

TEDx Manhattan Beach asks ‘What if?’

by Kate Bergin The eight speakers at next week’s 7th annual TEDxManhattanBeach will cover a broad range of topics, including race and community, science and comedy, technology and aging, breathing and health, human rights and youth activism. The event, which takes place November 5 at Mira Costa High School, is themed “What if?” All speakers […]

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“The Handmaiden” is a Tangled Web of Lies, Deceit, and Twisted Romance [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Handmaiden” is a Tangled Web of Lies, Deceit, and Twisted Romance [MOVIE REVIEW]

    by Morgan Rojas/www.cinemacy.com “A story is all about the journey,” Uncle Kouzuki says to Count Fujiwara as he cuts off the Count’s fingers one by one, taking joy in the other man’s pain. The sex-obsessed and domineering Uncle, while deplorable in every way, reveals a ring of truth in his observation of what […]

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‘Moonlight’ Shines Light on a Chorus of Exciting New Voices in American Cinema [MOVIE REVIEW]

‘Moonlight’ Shines Light on a Chorus of Exciting New Voices in American Cinema [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Jasper Bernbaum/www.cinemacy.com In an age of franchises and blockbusters, it’s funny that a film like “Moonlight” feels so monolithic. It is a coming-of-age story that is both expansive and yet so personal– not only to the filmmakers and talent involved but personal to everyone occupying a theater seat. It is a necessary and vibrant […]

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“The Magnificent Seven” defies expectations as a summer standout [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Magnificent Seven” defies expectations as a summer standout [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Jared Anderson/Cinemacy.com The 21st-century take on “The Magnificent Seven” comes at a time when the Western has been subsidized by Hollywood though not quite at the level it once was. Numerous DiCaprio and/or Tarantino vehicles have made stabs at bringing it back to life, each with critical success but to varying degrees of the […]

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“Danny Says” is a larger than life look at an underground rock and roll legend

“Danny Says” is a larger than life look at an underground rock and roll legend

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com In 1980, The Ramones released their fifth studio album, End of the Century, which included the love ballad “Danny Says”, a departure from their typical sweaty rock and roll hits. “Danny Says” went on to become one of the band’s more well-known songs and was covered by artists such as the Foo […]

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‘Goat’ is a bold, shocking dramatization of fraternity hazing

‘Goat’ is a bold, shocking dramatization of fraternity hazing

by Ryan Rojas/www.cinemacy.com If you were in a fraternity or sorority in college, you’ll most likely agree: being in Greek life offers young adults the positive experience of creating lifelong bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood with their fellow students by way of sharing the same character-building and ethics-shaping experiences. However, the darker and more dangerous […]

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Canadian-set ‘Yoga Hosers’ is ‘Eh’-mazingly Absurd

Canadian-set ‘Yoga Hosers’ is ‘Eh’-mazingly Absurd

by Morgan Rojas/ www.cinemacy.com   One of the more wildly talked about movies from this year’s Sundance Film Festival that finally hit theaters earlier this month is the flamboyant comedy-meets-fantasy film, “Yoga Hosers,” directed by Kevin Smith. Set in a small Canadian town where the accents are as thick as maple syrup, two 15-year-old best friends, […]

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“Kicks” is a Cinderella story for Sneakerheads

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com In a place where your shoes determine your status, you better believe that everyone will be doing whatever it takes to get their hands on the latest kicks. Some will spend every last penny of their hard-earned cash on a brand new pair of shoes, while others will literally steal them off […]

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“The Light Between Oceans” is a darkly poetic and affecting love story [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Light Between Oceans” is a darkly poetic and affecting love story [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Director Derek Cianfrance certainly has a knack for portraying “love lost and found.” His 2010 indie classic, “Blue Valentine,” is a moody and contemporary observation of one couple’s dysfunctional relationship while his 2013 indie hit, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” deals with familial struggles and the far-reaching repercussions of poor choices. Cianfrance […]

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In Directorial Debut “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Natalie Portman Honors Jewish Heritage [MOVIE REVIEW]

In Directorial Debut “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Natalie Portman Honors Jewish Heritage [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Natalie Portman is regarded as one of the most ambitious and hardest working people in Hollywood today. Opting to place her career on hold to attend Harvard University in 1999 (getting her degree in Psychology, she is a perfect example for actors everywhere that one shouldn’t rely on beauty, not even talent alone, […]

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