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Playlist release underwhelms

Playlist release underwhelms

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Scene, Spotlight

The biggest hip-hop artist alive, Drake, is back again with a new full-length project that has a little something musically for fans of any period of Drake’s long career, but ultimately feels like a disjointed and overly long release of B-sides. “More Life” is a 21-song playlist rel...

‘Uninspired’ acting, writing mar series

By Reggie Santini, Spotlight editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Scene

Marvel's latest Netflix series “Iron Fist” is a fun but flawed addition to their great lineup of TV shows. The show focuses on the story Daniel “Danny” Rand, the son of a billionaire businessman, who survived a plane crash and is taken to a monastery known as K’un-Lun. Danny spends 15 years...

Intimacy fortifies play

Intimacy fortifies play

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Scene

A wonderful, well-performed and intimate play opened up the latter half of the drama department’s 2016-17 theater season. “Two Sisters and a Piano,” written by Cuban playwright Nilo Cruz and directed by drama professor Tara Blau, is a great play with strong acting and good attention to detail as...

Atlanta rapper returns to roots

Atlanta rapper returns to roots

By Jshania Owens, Advocate Staff

March 14, 2017


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When an artist with a huge fan base releases two new full-length projects in consecutive weeks with little promotion, there could be some underlying message he’s trying to send. Future’s sixth studio album, “HNDRXX,” was released one week after his self-titled album “Future” in February. ...

‘Logan’ sheds PG-13 rating, dazzles

‘Logan’ sheds PG-13 rating, dazzles

By Reggie Santini, Spotlight Editor

March 14, 2017


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"Logan” is a dark, thrilling and emotional film. It is a huge departure from the other films in the “X-Men” franchise. “Logan” is more of a western character drama than a standard superhero action flick. Director James Mangold delivers a version of the Wolverine character fans have wish...

‘Get Out’ brings black experience to cinema

‘Get Out’ brings black experience to cinema

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

March 8, 2017


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Just living while black in America can be a horrifying  experience and “Get Out,” directed by Jordan Peele, exaggerates the motives behind uncomfortable, everyday encounters with post-racial liberals by weaving together a web of murder and mind manipulation. The movie is groundbreaking in the ...

‘Comfortable’ setting elevates experience

‘Comfortable’ setting elevates experience

By Isaac Resendiz, Advocate Staff

March 2, 2017


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In 1591 Solano Avenue in Albany sits a pleasant burger joint with a social, family friendly approach and a great atmosphere where customers can enjoy big, delicious burgers at a reasonable price. Barney’s Gourmet Burgers is a crowded, yet comfortable restaurant. Customers are able to take refu...

Sequel thrills with ‘exciting gunplay’

Sequel thrills with ‘exciting gunplay’

By Reggie Santini, Spotlight editor

March 2, 2017


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The return of John Wick brings more fantastic gunplay and expands on the first movie’s mysterious criminal underworld. “John Wick: Chapter 2” is a fantastic sequel to a franchise already so beloved. Not only does it live up to the original film’s spectacular standards, but it surpasses and outshines...

Film exemplifies achievements, struggles

Film exemplifies achievements, struggles

By Dylan Collier, Assistant Scene Editor

March 2, 2017


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The Movie "Hidden Figures,”  directed by Theodore Melfi and based on the book of the same title by Margot Shetterly, tells the true story of three African-American women who worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1961. It takes place during a time when segregation was still a par...

Play models tragic love

Play models tragic love

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Scene

The drama department is beginning the spring 2017 semester with the opening of its third show of the 2016-17 theater season on March 16. “Two Sisters and a Piano” is directed by Contra Costa College adjunct professor Tara Blau. Performances will occur from March 16-18 and March 23-25. Tickets for...

Split exposes mental disorder, trauma

Split exposes mental disorder, trauma

By Jshania Owens, Advocate Staff

February 11, 2017


Filed under Scene

“Split” is ideal for anyone interested in the mindset of people with mental disorders, like me. But anything you expect from a psychological thriller will always be proved wrong and end up leaving you wide-eyed during every scene. Which is always a good thing. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, ...

xXx returns to screen, gives long-time fans ‘wild ride’

xXx returns to screen, gives long-time fans ‘wild ride’

By Reggie Santini, Spotlight Editor

February 4, 2017


Filed under Scene

Vin Diesel is back with more of the same tried and true formula that can be expected from his movies in a ludicrous sequel to an old franchise. “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” is directed by D.J. Caruso and is pure dumb fun. It’s the type of movie that people can shut their brain off and just...

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