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A good day to end the Die Hard series?

A good day to end the Die Hard series?

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

February 16, 2013

Fifth installment of franchise feels like typical action flick Throughout the last 15 years, the “Die Hard” franchise has maintained an upper-echelon ranking in the annals of action movie greatness. Unfortunately, this prestige may become a bit tarnished after viewing “A Good Day to Die Hard...

“Aliens: Colonial Marines” gets an “oorah” for a half hearted effort

Jared Thornburg and Jared Thornburg

February 15, 2013

When I first heard about this game I was excited. Like me, many of us as kids watched James Cameron’s 1986 Sci-Fi classic “Aliens.” So when news of this game's creation first broke, the fan in me screamed with joy. That was seven years ago. Sega has delayed this game time and time again, even going...

Azukar rolls over competition

A Philly Roll that is served at Azukar Sushi in Natomas. The roll comes with eel, cream cheese, cucumber, smoked salmon, tabiko and a miso sauce. (Photo by Daniel Romandia)

Michael Pacheco and Michael Pacheco

February 13, 2013

Buffet-style sushi leaves you full and wanting more Sushi is one of the most dividing foods among friends. Half of any group will want to go; the other half won’t even think about it. Often the cost for decent sushi will scare people away from it altogether. But Azukar, a relatively new sushi re...

“Cinder-Ella” slips into ARC Theatre for limited engagement

On February 2, 2013, Adjunct-Faculty member Tracy Martin Shearer is counseling a student about the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. (Photo by Robert Aguilar)

Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

February 13, 2013

Production head dishes about what makes this rendition of a classic unique The Current speaks with Tracy Martin Shearer, an adjunct faculty member in Theater Arts department and director of the children’s theater production“Cinderella,” spelled “Cinder-Ella,” which is coming to ARC May 1...

Oscar predictions: take two

Oscar predictions: take two

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

February 13, 2013

Oscar season is here for the 85th time, and it brings the usual criticism with it. Around this time each year, many people ask why their favorite movie isn't nominated, usually without seeing the actual nominees.  Last year, I reviewed every nominee, and correctly predicted the winner (“The Artist”)...

International protest comes to Sacramento

International protest comes to Sacramento

Daniel Romandia and Daniel Romandia

February 13, 2013

Feminist organization sheds light on women's issues with creativity and dancing In this world, one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. These words are some of the first that can be seen on the One Billion Rising website (onebillionrising.org). On Feb. 14, the international One Bill...

Most exclusive country in the world

Most exclusive country in the world

Carlos Guerrera and Carlos Guerrero

February 13, 2013

America is like the exclusive nightclub everyone wants to get into, and immigrants, especially Mexicans and Latinos, are near the bottom of the list. When talking about illegal immigrants, I’ll hear too often, “Why don’t they just get legalized?” The truth is: it’s a hard and long process...

In Our Heads: Jeff Gonzales

Jeff Gonzales and Jeff Gonzales

February 13, 2013

(the above is an embedded playlist. You can click on the icon of overlapping rectangles with a triangle along the bottom of the player to see the other videos in the playlist, or just view them all straight through.) Movie: "The City Of Lost Children" - Before the mechanically inspired “HellBoy II: T...

HR 287 makes video games smut

HR 287 makes video games smut

Korbl Klimecki and Korbl Klimecki

February 12, 2013

Apparently Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) teaches one to kill by stomping on arrows set to a catchy and memorable beat. Also, Real Time Strategy games about directing troops, such as Starcraft, somehow confers the proficiency and callousness necessary to shoot human beings. I’m sorry, but I must have...

“Dead Space 3” livens things up

Jared Thornburg and Jared Thornburg

February 9, 2013

The third installment of the Sci-Fi Horror series has made some major changes with a new writer, a new setting, and not one but two playable characters, making this game the most dynamic entry. “Dead Space 3” starts us 200 years into the past; giving a little insight into what happened before...

“Identity Thief” robs you of plot development

“Identity Thief” robs you of plot development

Jared Thornburg and Jared Thornburg

February 8, 2013

“Identity Thief,” directed by Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”), stars Jason Bateman (“The Change Up”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”). The basic plot of the film is as follows: Sandy Patterson (Bateman) is your average American. He has a family with two kids, a career and a life that...

“Beautiful Creatures” surprisingly charming supernatural romance

Korbl Klimecki and Korbl Klimecki

February 8, 2013

“Beautiful Creatures” is a supernatural romance movie based on a series of novels, as many movies of the last decade seem to be. The story revolves around supernatural beings, known as Casters (which is to say, Spellcasters, or hereditary witches), whom are pulled between Light and Dark. The females...

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