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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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“The Lobster” and the absurdity of modern love [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Lobster” and the absurdity of modern love [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com In this modern age, where more and more relationships are being facilitated online – apps like Tinder making romance and falling in love almost binary in nature – is it any wonder why we might now feel like we’ve lost just a bit of our collective humanity, and why the whole […]

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“Sing Street” is another musical romp from the director of “Once” [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Sing Street” is another musical  romp from the director of “Once” [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Jared Anderson/www.cinemacy.com “Sing Street,” from the Irish filmmaker John Carney, takes place during the homestretch of the Cold War when a group of adolescents come together in the name of fellowship, bonding over pop culture, and a desire to break away from the confines of the tangible. Carney is best known for grabbing the […]

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Peninsula Palladian: Rancho Palos Verdes’ LaBarba Residence hearkens back to Renaissance architecture

Peninsula Palladian: Rancho Palos Verdes’ LaBarba Residence hearkens back to Renaissance architecture

by Stephanie Cartozian A 1940s cinderblock style beach house stood for nearly a half century on Rancho Palos Verdes’ Lunada Pointe. The property occupied one of the 16,000 acres formerly owned by the community’s founders, the Vanderlip family, and its last use was as the familial home of the esteemed Ernest V. and Marguerite Berry. […]

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“Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” Shows Dark Days as a Genius in Crisis

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com In literature, there is a term called the “Hemingway Hero,” which is essentially a set of noble traits and honorable qualities that the reader should aspire to, much like any character in an Ernest Hemingway novel. Every writer attempting to create this attribute will find that the qualities that make up a hero […]

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Straight Outta South Bay: Pennywise at The Palladium

Straight Outta South Bay: Pennywise at The Palladium

by Heidi Siegmund Cuda How to describe the Pennywise Reunion Weekend at the Hollywood Palladium? It’s not easy to put into words what you want to say about the boys who give you strength, who taught you the poetry of defiance, and whose lyrics have become mantras to thousands of fans. Some of those fans […]

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