Halloween is a satisfying scare, according to ARC professors


Joseph Daniels, Staff
October 31, 2014

Every Halloween, Americans express a desire to be frightened and horrified to get into the spirit of the holiday. But why do we enjoy being scared? American River College professors shared their insight into why people are attracted to horrors that go bump in the night. ARC theater professor Pamela Downs... Read more »

The Amazing Spider-man 2 ensnares viewers in a beautiful web


Korbl Klimecki, Ad Representative
May 2, 2014

Early into the movie the viewer is plunged into Spider-Man’s death-defying acrobatics through the New York City streets. You may ask, “is it worth paying for 3-D?” The 3-D is amazing. Emma Stone embodies the emotional struggle of Spider-Man as Gwen Stacy. Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker is wracked... Read more »

Who’s a friend and who’s a foe in new Captain America film?

Adnan Ramic, Arts & Culture Editor
April 7, 2014

You can take the captain out of America, but you can’t take the America out of the captain. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the new Captain America film from Marvel, relies heavily on the plot of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the first Captain America film, and moviegoers should... Read more »

More puddle than happy snowman


Jonathan H. Ellyson, Managing Editor
March 21, 2014

I was walking through mall and happened to overhear a mother and toddler singing Disney’s “Frozen’s” “Let it Go.” They knew all the words, but clearly the melody and overall tune of the song eluded them. This appears a lot, whether it is on Facebook, Reddit or Tumblr, everyone is obsessing... Read more »

Cartoon dogs make good parents

Jonathan H. Ellyson, Managing Editor
March 13, 2014

“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” is a film that explores father and son bonding, time travel, historical misconceptions and a liberal use of puns. It is a phenomenal, family-friendly movie, containing intricate, cleverly-worded jokes for adults with the response from Sherman being “Ha ha ha ha … I don’t... Read more »

A classic Greek tragedy for a new age.

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Brandon Nelson, Web Editor
February 24, 2014

Spoiler alert! Going into “Pompeii” you expect this cheesy romantic Hollywood story where the hero some how gets the girl and gets away just in the nick of time. That is not the case however with “Pompeii”.  The movie’s title that tells the ending before you even see it. The film however is... Read more »

Robocop: More questions fired than bullets

Jonathan H. Ellyson, Managing Editor
February 19, 2014

It’s not 1987 anymore. The creative vision of what the future looks like is dramatically different from that of previous decades. The remake of “Robocop” was actually pretty good. Most potential audience members will have seen the first film, starring Peter Weller, back in ’87. The original,... Read more »

Valentine’s at the movies?


Jonathan H. Ellyson, Managing Editor
February 14, 2014

Valentine’s Day can be difficult to navigate. A professor recently threw some advice out for all the gentlemen present in class the week of the romantic holiday. The advice was not to get flowers, candy or anything colored red; as these items will be experiencing a huge markup until Saturday. It was... Read more »

Epic blockbusters that are heading to a theater near you

Brandon Nelson, Web Editor
February 10, 2014

The film industry is about to have its biggest season of the year with dozens of films hitting theaters this spring. Get set for a host of blockbusters. The Disney movie “Maleficent,” a live-action film based on the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty, has received a lot of hype lately. It will... Read more »

Why would I rent a digital movie?


Jonathan H. Ellyson, Managing Editor
January 31, 2014

Traditionally, the most effective way to add movies to your personal library has been to purchase physical copies on tape or disc. The advent of the internet brought new methods to the table, the most notorious being piracy. With the proliferation of computers and internet access into everyone’s homes,... Read more »

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