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Ease your hunger for new content with these five exemplary films

“The Rental”, directed by Dave Franco, and produced by Independent Film Channel (IFC), skipped theaters and was released straight to streaming, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on July 24, 2020. (Photo Courtesy of IFC Films)

Oden Taylor, Feature Editor

September 5, 2020

Instead of going out to the movie theaters, this year the movies are coming straight to our homes through digital streaming services. The following is a list of five movies that you may have missed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that can help ease your hunger for new content. 

Five best horror movies to spice up your October

Colin Bartley

October 22, 2019

With Halloween around the corner and a semi-recent revival of the horror film genre taking place, you may be looking for some hidden gems or a reminder of the best classics. Either way, this list offers something for you to spice up your October. “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) directed by Jonathan Demme...

Jordan Peele’s “Us” brings new perspective to the horror genre

“Us” is Jordan Peele’s newest must see horror/thriller about a family on vacation who meet their evil counterparts. (Photo Illustration by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Thomas Cathey

April 3, 2019

Prior to 2017, virtually no one expected comedian and actor Jordan Peele to go from the guy known for impersonating Barack Obama on the popular sketch-comedy series “Key and Peele,” to an Academy Award-winning filmmaker. But after writing and directing his first feature film, the horror/thriller “Ge...

“Beautiful Boy” chronicles the pain of drug addiction

Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy. Film still photograph courtesy of Amazon Studios.

Imani Smith

November 26, 2018

Based on a true story, director Felix van Groeningen’s powerful film “Beautiful Boy” follows a teenage boy suffering from a crystal meth addiction. Although the film, released in Sacramento last month, is centered around Nic’s struggle with illness and addiction, there is an overarching t...

High school football star hits the stage as Gaston

Chris Sharpe (left) stands on stage with Jareth Ryford during a rehearsal for American River College's production of

Luis Gael

October 19, 2017

The former high school offensive lineman has a slow but determined gait as he walks through the hallways of American River College. Chris Sharpe, the 6-foot-3-inch, 220 pound mountain of a man has spent the last few months training. Training harder than he ever did during his time as a varsity football...

Sacramento gets its own version of a late night talkshow

Mike Cella and Shahera Hyatt host the

Luis Gael

October 18, 2017

Sacramento is home to its own late night talk show. The Latest Night Show is a monthly live variety show which features local musicians, comedians and other people of note. The show originally began as the brainchild of comedian Mike Cella who had the idea of running a one-man talk show out of the Com...

Upcoming film Alien: Covenant review

Alien: Covenant poster (20th Century Fox)

Joel Whited and Joel Whited

May 15, 2017

I've been a fan of James Cameron's film “Aliens” released in 1986 (the sequel to Alien), and I knew this opportunity to see Alien: Covenant, would bring nothing but excitement. The original film “Alien” was directed by Ridley Scott in 1979 and the backstory was elaborated on in the preque...

“Breaking the Code” presents the story of Alan Turing

The play “Breaking the Code” presents the true story about the man who helps break the complex German “Enigma Code” during World War II. (Photo credit Brian Williams/ theater department)

Lidiya Grib

March 17, 2017

The American River Theater department will present the show “Breaking The Code” March 16 through 19. The play is about a man who helped break the complex German code during World War II and played a major role in the defeat of the Nazi Regime. It is a biographical drama about Alan Turing and his...

Artists showcase their work at the Shadow Box Gallery

Alexandrea Villareal’s “Steve Recling” and “Curling Monique” drawings were showed on September 7. The drawings presented here were photographed September 1 to show an example of Villareal’s work for the Kaneko Gallery’s “The Shadow Box” event. (Photo Mychael Jones)

Luis Gael

September 7, 2016

American River College (ARC) students are ready to display their work at the Shadow Box Gallery which is a display intended to showcase students’ art. Alexandrea Villarreal’s figurative artwork went up today and is based entirely on the human figure in different poses. Villarreal regularly attend...

Oddly charming ‘Anomalisa’ provides a beautiful take on loneliness

Oddly charming ‘Anomalisa’ provides a beautiful take on loneliness

Jordan Schauberger

January 25, 2016

Director and writer Charlie Kaufman once again pushes the boundaries of filmmaking in his latest film “Anomalisa.” “Anomalisa,” a stop-motion drama film, follows author Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) as he travels to Cincinnati to promote his latest, but along the way finds himself i...

Review: ‘Sisters’ delivers an abundance of raunchy laughs

Review: 'Sisters' delivers an abundance of raunchy laughs

Jordan Schauberger

December 24, 2015

For the new Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy, “Sisters,” there had to be serious worries about it opening on the same night as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Regardless, the movie opened on Dec. 18 and for those who watched both the new Star Wars film and the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy “Siste...

Review: ‘Youth’ comes together as one of the best films of the year

Review: ‘Youth’ comes together as one of the best films of the year

Jordan Schauberger

December 22, 2015

“Youth,” directed and written by Paolo Sorrentino, is a masterfully complete work of art that unravels the complex meaning of life by revolving around the guests of a luxury resort in the Swiss Alps and explores many universal emotions like pride, regret, love and temptation. Retired compose...

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