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Super Mario 3D All-Stars: An overpriced collection of excellent classics

Super Mario 3D All-Stars, released by Nintendo on Sept. 18, 2020, is three good games in a single package. As the 35th-anniversary celebration of Mario, this game has both wins and losses. (Screenshot courtesy of Nintendo)
Nintendo celebrates 35 years of Mario with a flawed, incomplete compilation
September 29, 2020

By: Alexander Musa [email protected] Let’s get this part out of the way: Super Mario 3D All-Stars is three good games in a single package. If you own a Nintendo Switch, and you need to spend...

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

Michelle Obama's new documentary,
New First Lady documentary deals with bullying on a national scale
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...

Review: Twice gets ‘Fancy’ for world tour

(Photo courtesy of JYP Entertainment)
May 15, 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...

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)
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...

“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)
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...

Lil Wayne’s album stuns, Logic’s flops

Photo courtesy of Young Money Records
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...

Cardi B releases 13 track debut album, Invasion of Privacy

Photo Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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...

‘Lady Bird’ puts Sacramento in the spotlight

(Photo courtesy of A24 Films)
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....

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)
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...

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ deserves thunderous applause

(Photo courtesy of Disney/Marvel)
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...

Upcoming film Alien: Covenant review

Alien: Covenant poster (20th Century Fox)
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...

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

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...

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