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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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Robbie Krieger’s fire is still lit [MUSIC PREVIEW]

Robbie Krieger’s fire is still lit [MUSIC PREVIEW]

by Esther Kang In the late 60s, a four-piece rock band based out of Venice Beach took the world by storm. The Doors, named after Aldous Huxley’s 1954 book “The Doors of Perception,”epitomized the psychedelic-blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll of its time, with charismatic poet-turned-frontman Jim Morrison at the helm of the prolific project. The Doors […]

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“Pete’s Dragon” is what a family movie should be: magical

“Pete’s Dragon” is what a family movie should be: magical

by H. Nelson Tracey/ www.cinemacy.com It’s a travesty that the description ‘family movie’ has become categorically marooned by studios and the public alike as a juvenile and tasteless affair. Animated movies aside, the subgenre is no longer seen for its potential: to enrich the lives of all those who watch it, provide a nourishing dose of […]

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Paper route: Introduction to Business

I’m not sure if all successful businessmen of my generation had paper routes as boys, but I bet many did. I learned more business skills as a paperboy than I did in two years at MBA School.

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Abbey was dean of beach cities tennis pros

Abbey was dean of beach cities tennis pros

H.J. “Jeff” Abbey taught tennis in the beach cities for more than six decades and had the distinction of being the 10th member to be accepted into the United States Professional Tennis Assn.

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“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” Captures Grandeur of Mega Self-Help Event

“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” Captures Grandeur of Mega Self-Help Event

by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” a new documentary about the larger-than-life motivational speaker and communicator, will be watched by three different types of people: the first, of course, will be Robbins’ ever-devout fans and followers, who most likely will praise the movie for its very existence. The second type of […]

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Spielberg and Disney’s ‘The BFG’ is a Sleepy Family-Friendly Adventure

Spielberg and Disney’s ‘The BFG’ is a Sleepy Family-Friendly Adventure

by H. Nelson Tracey/Cinemacy.com Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg teams up with Disney for the very first time in his five-decade career to adapt “The BFG,” a classic Roald Dahl novel starring this year’s Best Supporting Actor and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”). It sounds almost too good to be true, especially when you […]

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In ‘Swiss Army Man’ the First Fart Will Make You Laugh, the Last Will Make You Cry [MOVIE REVIEW]

In ‘Swiss Army Man’ the First Fart Will Make You Laugh, the Last Will Make You Cry [MOVIE REVIEW]

Morgan Rojas & H. Nelson Tracey/www.cinemacy.com One should know what one is getting into with “Swiss Army Man,” and that is the number of fart jokes. But these aren’t the typical fart jokes associated with raunchy comedies (some of Adam Sandler’s projects come to mind), these fart jokes are insights into existential reflection and self-discovery. […]

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Beauty is, literally, in the eye of the beholder in stylish, hypnotic “The Neon Demon”

Beauty is, literally, in the eye of the beholder in stylish, hypnotic “The Neon Demon”

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com After the credits roll and the lights come up, the older man sitting next to me says “So what’s for dinner?” and had we not just seen “The Neon Demon,” I may have said something like spaghetti and meatballs, but all I can muster up now is a slight chuckle while trying […]

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Hacienda on high: Casa Felecia is one of the Peninsula’s enduring architectural treasures

Hacienda on high:   Casa Felecia is one of the Peninsula’s enduring architectural treasures

by Stephanie Cartozian Casa Felecia is steeped in Palos Verdes tradition and romanticism. In 1925, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., son of the preeminent landscape architect in American history and himself a key figure in conservation history, selected this exquisite bluff lot to be the site of his future home on the Peninsula. Still in its […]

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“Maggie’s Plan” is a wonderfully crafted film about a crazy little thing called love [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/ www.cinemacy.com Thanks to the likes of pop-culture entertainment such as “Sex and the City” and practically everything in Woody Allen’s filmography, the Millennial generation has come to believe that finding true love in the concrete jungle that is New York City is among the most romantic of notions. Director Rebecca Miller defies […]

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“Approaching the Unknown” Won’t Have the Search Team Called [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Approaching the Unknown” Won’t Have the Search Team Called [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Apparently, movies have yet to learn by now the dangers of sending but a few scarce humans–in this case, just one–beyond Earth’s reaches and into the vastness of space to save humanity from some planet-threatening problem. Of course, this risk of the ‘what can go wrong does go wrong’ variety, drives a […]

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Former Cult Member Recalls Life as a Brainwashed ‘Disciple’ in “Holy Hell” [MOVIE REVIEW]

Former Cult Member Recalls Life as a Brainwashed ‘Disciple’ in “Holy Hell” [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Movies about cults and the mysteries behind religious organizations usually make for a fascinating watch. Take Alex Gibney’s Emmy-Winning documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which provided an in-depth look at the infamous Tom Cruise-beloved organization. A handful of films currently streaming on demand also shed light on various […]

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SMALL BUSINESS – Torrance Brewing Supply keeps local brewers going, beer flowing

SMALL BUSINESS – Torrance Brewing Supply keeps local brewers going, beer flowing

by William Foss Have you ever seen something you never knew existed, and decided you  needed it immediately?  That’s what happened to Daniel Teruya, and it led to a new career. Teruya worked at Boeing in Torrance, and had gone out with friends for dinner in Long Beach.  Next to the restaurant was a business […]

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Defense minded investing

Defense minded investing

Invest with a similar mindset to that of a strong amateur tennis player -– defensively by Stuart Chaussee Defensive-minded investing is an approach that focuses on risk first. Return is secondary. If are simply an offensive-minded investor looking to hit home runs, it’s possible that in certain market conditions your portfolio may not survive. If […]

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