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‘Love and Monsters’ offers just right amount of thrills for Halloween treat

Joel (Dylan O’Brien, “The Education of Frederick Fitzell”) confronts Minnow (Ariana Greenblatt, “The One and Only Ivan”) about his decision to leave her and Clyde (Michael Rooker, “The Dark Tower”) to reunite with his girlfriend in Paramount Pictures’ “Love and Monsters” released Oct. 16. Originally, the film was scheduled for a Feb. 12, 2021 release under the name “Monster Problems.”

Hope Li

October 25, 2020

A hybrid of “Jurassic World” with its giant dinos and “The Maze Runner” with its pandemic-induced plot, “Love and Monsters” offers viewers a fast-paced adventure and a fresh take on the importance of family and taking risks for love -- and for oneself. With this premise, the PG-13-rated Paramount...

First season of Netflix’s Korean-imported drama quite ‘Okay’ to binge watch

An artist's rendering of a scene from Netflix's Korean-imported TV series,

Yeihn Lee

August 29, 2020

It’s a classic story revolving around a pair of star-crossed lovers -- only with a hint of mild horror yet still quite satisfying to watch. The debut season of the Korean TV drama, “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay,” originally aired from June 20-Aug. 9 in South Korea but has been available for st...

Get ready to sing along with Disney Plus’ latest movie adaptation of the young adult novel, ‘Stargirl’

Hope Li

March 22, 2020

In a March 13 interview with USA Today, Grace VanderWaal said she wrote her song, “Today and Tomorrow,” on the set of her debut film, “Stargirl,” without any intention of including it in the movie. The 16-year-old “America’s Got Talent” Season 11 winner said she showed it to the movie’s director Julia Hart (“Fast Color”), who ...

Despite cliche elements, Pixar’s first fantasy production, ‘Onward,’ moves with dramatic flair

Tom Holland of Marvel's Spider-man voices Ian Lightfoot (left), who chants a visitation spell and uses a Phoenix Gem and a wizard's staff to bring back his father while his older brother Barley watches. This incites the brothers' fantastical quest to find another magical gem to complete their task to resurrect their dead father. Image used with permission from Disney Studios.

Hope Li

March 15, 2020

Although Disney/Pixar’s “Onward” has a predictable redemptive plot, the wholesome film impressively crafts a time-conscious story containing multiple layers within 102-minutes. Blue-skinned elf brothers Ian (Tom Holland, “Dolittle”) and Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt, “Avengers: Endgame”)...

Fall musical ’Sister Act’ to be staged off campus — just one of many firsts for Sunny Hills’ theater program

The group of actors for the fall musical,

Daniel Kong

October 16, 2019

This fall’s musical, “Sister Act,” will have several firsts for theater teacher Amanda Gieser. First time the performances will be held off campus -- because of Performing Arts Center modernization at Sunny Hills, audiences will have to travel to Buena Park High School’s theater to watch “Sister...

‘Joker’ evokes sympathy from audience despite concerns over violence backlash

After officially rebranding his identity from Arthur Fleck to the Joker, actor Joaquin Phoenix celebrates as he makes his way to the Murray Franklin TV show recording. Image used with permission from Warner Bros.

Annie Bang

October 16, 2019

Expertly capturing the haunting psychology and disturbed mind of arguably the most infamous antagonist in Detective Comics history, the newest film to continue the Batman legacy, Joker, successfully conveys the villain’s wretched beginnings as a misunderstood man before adopting his iconic identity. With a ca...

Despite its pleasant atmosphere, Cafe Mak’s breads sell out too quickly in the afternoon

Cafe Mak displays their cakes in a glass display case and presents their other menu items on a black chalkboard.  Photo taken by Megan Shin.

Rebecca Choi

September 13, 2019

Replacing the Korean bakery, Cake House, Cafe Mak Bakery has opened in Buena Park, offering assorted breads, cakes and drinks and hoping to draw in the same clientele that frequented the previous establishment. However, Cafe Mak’s baked goods do not live up to the previous bakery’s pastries. Cake H...

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