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“The Living Room of Jacksonville”: Residents Rage Against Sale of Five Points Theater

Words by Mallory Pace Since 2011, the Sun-Ray Cinema has been a landmark spot for what’s widely considered the last of historic movie theaters, bringing in residents from all corners and outskirts of Riverside, providing a feeling of nostalgia for when times were simpler, people were friendlier, and movie concessions were cheaper. Before it was Sun-Ray, it was a conglomerate

July 2024 Film Reviews

INSIDE OUT 2 Pixar’s “Inside Out” explored our feelings by taking us inside the mind of a young girl named Riley where we see the personified emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust working together in a control room to guide her through life’s ups and downs. The sequel picks

Dolphin Tale Movie Review

September 30, 2011
Wall Murals – Shaun Thurston Doug Eng in studio Doug Eng – Laura Street by Rick Grant This movie oozes gushing sentimentality. And yes, I’m a sucker for these warm and fuzzy family films. I say why not go to the movies to be uplifted by the love of an

50/50 Movie Review

September 30, 2011
by Rick Grant This movie maintains a fine balance between comedy and drama, effectively orchestrated by director Jonathan Levine with a screenplay by Will Reiser. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Adam, a writer who pens scripts for radio. He’s laid-back and happy with his girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard). His best

Driver Movie Review

September 23, 2011
by Rick Grant In this arty approach to a heist movie, Ryan Gosling plays Driver, a movie stunt driver and freelance getaway driver for big time heists. Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn uses silent space effectively to establish Driver’s deeply seeded darkness smoldering under his facade of quiet observation. The

Drive Movie Review

September 23, 2011
by Rick Grant In this arty approach to a heist movie, Ryan Gosling plays Driver, a movie stunt driver and freelance getaway driver for big time heists. Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn uses silent space effectively to establish Driver’s deeply seeded darkness smoldering under his facade of quiet observation. The

Moneyball Movie Review

September 23, 2011
by Rick Grant The premise of this scenario is: Can a small market team, like the Oakland A’s, compete with the deep pockets of the New York Yankees? Money talks and gets the star players. Ah yes, but perhaps, with a genius economics’ wiz from Yale, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill)

Contagion Movie Review

September 9, 2011
by Rick Grant The movie opens with Day 2 on the screen. “Wait, what happened to Day 1?” I thought. Relax, it’s referenced later in the film explaining how Beth (Paltrow) got infected by the previously unknown virus. The story unfolds much like a documentary, with characters coming in and

Colombiana Movie Review

August 29, 2011
by Rick Grant Action director Luc Besson is behind this French / German film that features a La Femme Nikita-like assassin for hire, Saldana Cataleya (Zoe Saldana). As a child, in Bogota, Colombia, she witnessed a Cartel leader, Don Luis and his gang brutally slaughter her parents in front of

Don't be Afraid of the Dark Movie Review

August 27, 2011
by Rick Grant In this freaky satirical remake of an old 1970s TV movie, co-written by Guillermo del Toro, it goes for the classic horror scare from the beginning. Be ready to watch this one through the cracks in your fingers. The setting is a dark and dank old mansion

Fright Night Movie Review

August 21, 2011
by Rick Grant This Craig Gillespie film is both a homage and dark parody of the original Fright Night. Set in the barren desert of the Las Vegas region, where right in the middle of this waste land exists a ticky-tacky suburban neighborhood. In this dying middle America jungle, every

30 Minutes or Less Movie Review

August 21, 2011
by Rick Grant In this Ruben Fleischer film, written by Michael Diliberti, the combination of raunchy humor, skillful comedic acting, and Fleischer’s right-on pacing resulted in a better than average youth comedy. Jesse Eisenberg stars as a hot-rodding pizza delivery boy, NIck, who operates on the brink of getting fired
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