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Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ is a refreshing take on personal growth in the midst of struggle

Michelle Obama's new documentary,

Alex Muegge, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, in response to the future harsh criticism and bullying she and her family would receive in the White House as the first African-Americans to live there, then-First Lady Michelle Obama said her motto is “when they go low, we go high.”  If someone wil...

Review: Twice gets ‘Fancy’ for world tour

(Photo courtesy of JYP Entertainment)

Hannah Yates

May 16, 2019

Lately Korean pop idols are all over American media; from the ridiculously successful award-winning BTS, to Blackpink’s guest appearances on talk shows and collaboration with chart-topper Dua Lipa, the American mainstream has become much more familiar with the stars of the K-pop idol world. In...

Review: Christian Kiefer creates dreamlike tragedy in “Phantoms”

“Phantoms,” by American River College English professor Christian Kiefer, is a dreamlike narrative about the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II and how it affected the people in Newcastle, Calif. (Photo Illustration by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Patrick Hyun Wilson

May 13, 2019

After returning from the Western front during World War II, Ray Takahashi visits his childhood home in Newcastle, California. While there, he visits old acquaintances, childhood friends and old neighbors from a life who are far removed from the life he was living in the August of 1945. However, his re...

“Kingdom Hearts III” brings back the magic

“Kingdom Hearts III” is the first game of the series released for the Xbox One console. (Photo illustration by Thomas Cathey)

Thomas Cathey

March 4, 2019

“Kingdom Hearts” fans have been waiting nearly 14 years for the next main installment of the video game series. The time to rejoice has finally arrived. Amid high expectations, Square Enix released “Kingdom Hearts III” worldwide on Jan. 29 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Was the wait worth it? L...

Lil Wayne’s album stuns, Logic’s flops

Photo courtesy of Young Money Records

Gabe Carlos

October 14, 2018

Sept. 28 was an exciting day for Hip Hop fans, as two of the genre’s biggest names dropped albums on the same day: Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter V” and Logic’s “Young Sinatra IV.” Wayne’s “Tha Carter V” is a stunning album and can be considered one Wayne’s best projects to date. Logic...

Cardi B releases 13 track debut album, Invasion of Privacy

Photo Courtesy of Atlantic Records

Alexis Warren

April 30, 2018

After a much anticipated wait, “Bodak Yellow” star Cardi B, released her first studio album: “Invasion of Privacy” on April 6. At this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, Cardi B took home two awards, Best New Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist. At the end of her acceptance speech, the rap star...

‘Lady Bird’ puts Sacramento in the spotlight

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Lily Rodriguez Drake

November 29, 2017

Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” is now a staple in the coming-of-age movie genre—it’s a heartfelt, painfully honest picture of leaving home and awkwardly slipping into adult life and independence. The film is reminiscent of receiving warm hug before leaving behind the comfort and familiarity of ...

ASB debates $1,000 donation to AR Review

Student Senator Earl Crouchley III (right) delivers a speech to ASB arguing for a $1,000 donation to the AR Review on Nov. 9. (Photo by Brienna Edwards)

Brienna Edwards

November 16, 2017

On Nov. 9, the American River College Student Senate discussed Bill F-17,  which would allocate $1,000  to the American River Review for production cost for its 2018 edition. The American River Review is a literary journal published by American River College, and is entirely student-produced. It has wo...

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ deserves thunderous applause

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Claire Bathory

November 9, 2017

A cast of colorful personalities, an interesting story and a beautiful swath of visual effects sets “Thor: Ragnarok” apart from prior installments in a very important way: it’s funny without having to insist it is. After four prior portrayals as Thor, Chris Hemsworth, and the franchise as a whol...

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...

“Fate of the Furious,” a fast film with great set pieces and little emotion.

Jared Smith

April 20, 2017

The “Fast and Furious” is an old franchise at this point. With the first film coming out in 2001, the franchise is fast approaching being 20 years old. In order to survive in an age where bombastic space films and superhero films bring in all the dough, the “Fast and the Furious” has adapt...

Review: “Breaking The Code”

The American River Production of “Breaking the Code” presented their show about Alan Turing who helped break the German code during WWII. The poster shows the actors in the show. (Photo by Lidiya Grib)

Lidiya Grib

April 3, 2017

The play production “Breaking The Code” recently ran for two weeks at American River College, presenting a spectacularly performed show about a man that most people can appreciate and respect -- Alan Turing. This play is based on the true story of Turing, who is well known in history for hi...

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