• Movie Review: IT

    If you like cheap jump scares and clowns, then this movie is a must see for you. “IT” is a remake of the spine-chilling mini series, “IT” from the 1990’s, which was an adaptation of the 1986 Stephen King classic. IT comes out every 27 years to feed off the fear ...
  • "Moonlight" Shines

    Over Thanksgiving break, I finally made it out to see the movie of the year, and probably the most important film of 2016, “Moonlight”.  I’ll say it right now, this film was phenomenal and a true masterpiece, completely deserving a 9.5/10 rating. The story follows an African American boy, Chiron, ...
  • Tim Burton’s New Nightmarish Flick, Miss Peregrine’s School For Peculiar Children Review

    This past weekend I dragged my family out to see Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children to indulge in Tim Burton’s newest movie, and to see if those snapchat filters lived up to the hype. About the movie, let me just say this – it was really, really good. It ...
  • Best of the best 2015

    RVCC President Michael McDonough's Pop Culture 2015 Year-In-Review

    (Editor's note: All Items were picked by RVCC President McDonough.  The descriptions and reviews are also written by President. McDonough.  All else was added and edited by Ben Auletta) The following is RVCC President Michael McDonough favorites of books, movies, music and Netflix in 2015.  He also shares his opinion on the following: ...
  • Contemporary media creates false beliefs of romance

    Adolescents wish to better understand how romantic relationships work. What easier way to learn than to watch rather than perform? They see on screen the stereotypes, relationship norms, and stimulating interests among many other values of a romantic relationship. Film producers follow common themes to seek their fandom. Four ideal ...
  • Guardians Is Another Hit for Thriving Franchise

    By Ryan Diminick / Staff Writer The Golden Age of superhero films is upon us. It seems that everywhere we turn, we are reminded of the further adventures of a certain spandex-wearing, web-slinging teen outcast, or an armor-clad, billionaire playboy. Whoever it may be, one thing is for certain: superheroes ...
  • 22 Jump Street: A Worthy Successor

    By Ryan Diminick In today’s cinema world, it’s easy to notice the rising number of sequels and franchises dominating theaters. In the horror genre, there’s the Paranormal Activity series, known for its annual installments. Then there is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an expansive franchise composed of separate, yet interconnected, film ...
  • Philomena: Oscar-Bait?

    By Tom Kaspereen / Staff Writer Every year, there are films released throughout the fall and early winter critics dub “Oscar-bait.”  The term refers to films that have a grand sense of importance surrounding them, featuring high-profile casts and directors.  Unfortunately, most of these movies are, as the name implies, ...
  • American Hustle: A Familiar Dance

      Ever witness a lie so big even the person telling it gets fooled? Such is the case in American Hustle. Every politician, FBI agent, con artist and even director David O. Russell himself is out for trickery. Russell’s highly stylized retelling of a sting operation that changed the procedures ...
  • Nebraska: An Old Actor's Time to Shine

      Over 50 years ago Bruce Dern entered college believing that he would become an Olympic sprinter, only to realize that too many other athletes were much faster. So he switched gears and took up acting.  He was talented, and soon was pleased to be working with a famous director ...
  • The Wolf of Wall Street: Scorsese’s Latest Tour-de-Force

    By Kayly Coleman / Staff Writer Martin Scorsese’s latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, shows the prolific director, acclaimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio and newcomers Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie at the top of their game.  It came out in theaters last December and was nominated for several awards, including ...