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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

IN THE December 28 ISSUE

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by Cynthia Chow


Rest assured.Star Wars: The Force Awakens was made for those of us who loved the original Star Wars Trilogy but prefer to pretend the Prequels never existed. Almost more of a soft reboot than a continuation (which it is, taking place thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi), J.J. Abrams plays homage to everything we loved about the first movies without hitting us over the head with the references (as he frequently did in Star Trek Into the Darkness).

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by Sheryl Wall



The Road Chip is the newest Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. It starts out with Dave introducing his girlfriend, Samantha, and her son Miles to the chipmunks over mini golf. When the grownups aren’t looking Miles plays pranks on the chipmunks but when they are watching he acts like a perfect gentlemen.

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by Maria Ramos


It has been nearly 20 years since the last time a Star Wars trilogy was kicked off and on December 17, we will be treated to The Force Awakens. Despite general disappointment with the prequel trilogy, the hype for Episode VII is at a fever pitch, not least because it promises a blending of what worked about the original series and some incredible new ideas and characters—many of which (like BB-8) are already beloved.

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The Good Dinosaur: Movie Review

IN THE December 8 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall



The Good Dinosaur is the newest Disney/Pixar film. It is about an Apatosaurus dinosaur named Arlo who is afraid of everything and he wants to make his mark on the world like his brother and sister have. However, he finds it difficult to overcome his fears.

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Mockingjay Part 2: Movie Review

IN THE November 30 ISSUE

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by Jessica Ham



Check out our video review of Mockingjay Part 2, and a coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatres.

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Spectre: Movie Review

IN THE November 17 ISSUE

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by Laura Sidsworth


Sam Mendes (American Beauty), who also directed 2012’s Skyfall, does a wonderful job with the opening scene. The Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade through the City of Mexico is nothing short of dazzling. The energy and palpable power that Daniel Craig exudes is exactly as a Bond movie should be. Even the opening credits, replete with the Octopus’ smoky dark ink swirling about as the feminine forms’ hair, are ingenious cinematic art.

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The Peanuts Movie: Movie Review

IN THE November 10 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall



The Peanuts characters have been around for many years and many have grown up with Snoopy and the gang. After 35 years it’s great to see them back on the screen.

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The Best Films of the Undead

IN THE October 24 ISSUE

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by Maria Ramos


With Halloween coming up fast this season, there’s no time like the present to celebrate one of the most-loved movie monsters in history: the zombie. Zombies have been around for almost a century in classic horror films, but only in recent years have they become a popular trend on TV shows and movies like The Walking Dead and World War Z. If you’re looking to revisit the classics this year, here are five zombie films that will creep you out in the best way.

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Hotel Transylvania 2: Movie Review

IN THE October 5 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall



Hotel Transylvania 2 starts a couple years or more after the first movie. Johnny and Mavis (Count Dracula’s daughter) are married and have their first child, Dennis. Drac (as they refer to him in the movie) has changed his mind about humans and has opened up the hotel to allow humans as well as monsters to stay there and Johnny, his son in law, works at the hotel as well.

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The Intern: Movie Review

IN THE September 29 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Intern is easily one of my favorite movies of the year so far! It’s comedy, drama and just a feel good kind of movie. The premise is also a lot of fun and the cast is great.

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by Jessica Ham



Check out Jessica’s video review of the movie Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and get a coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatres.

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by Michelle Ross


What can be a better way to spend a rainy fall weekend than cuddling and watching some attention-catching movies with amazing plot twist and a little horror? I certainly can’t name a single thing (apart from books) that can top that!

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The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul

IN THE September 5 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



It’s a little early for Halloween articles, but it’s never too early for Zombies. Recently I learned about an animated feature called The Grid: Zombie Outlet Maul, and we took a moment to chat with Linda Andersson, its writer/director/producer/voice actor and more.

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by Jesus Ibarra


Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star in this modern update of the 60s TV series as a CIA agent and KGB agent forced to work with each other at the height of the Cold War. The movie is very much a mismatched couple meets spy conventions, and it is highly entertaining. Yes almost everything in this movie you’ve seen before from the two differing personality types bickering, to the spy tropes, to the twist at the end, but it was all done with an eye for style and tongue in cheekness that makes it all instantly charming.

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Fantastic Four: Movie Review

IN THE August 17 ISSUE

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by Jessica Ham



Check out Jessica’s video review of the movie Fantastic Four and get a coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatres.

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Paper Towns: Movie Review

IN THE August 3 ISSUE

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by Jessica Ham



Check out this video review of the movie Paper Towns, based on the book by John Green.

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