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Movie review: ‘The Roommate’

By Leon Goodrum

Leon Goodrum

EL CAJON –- The Roommate features Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester and rising star Minka Kelly as two roommates whose seemingly normal shared-living turns both obsessive and deadly.

The film is a familiar horror for anyone who has had the pleasure of rooming with a random dorm-mate, or may be preparing to transfer to a 4-year college.  Worse than someone who leaves  toe nail clippings in the room, or leftover food on the desk,  Rebecca (Leighton Meester) is wicked and dark.

Sara Mathews (Minka Kelly) enters her first year at the fictional University of Los Angeles and, because of her model looks, instantly gains friendship with Tracy Morgan (Alyson Michalka) and a frat boy, Stephen (Sam Gigandet) .  Then her roommate, Rebecca,  instantly decides that she and Sara should be “BFF’s.”

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Baseball, Buffalo Soldiers, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Gospel … It’s Black History Month on campus!



GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–“A History of the Negro Baseball Leagues,” will be the subject of a free lecture by Byron Motley, documentary filmmaker and motivational speaker, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Building #26, Room #220,

The history of the Negro Baseball League (1920-1960) is draped in a fabric that mirrors America’s culture from segregation to integration.

Motley’s presentation will show how the progression of America’s race relation journey is reflected in events that unfolded in the Negro Baseball Leagues. The presentation will include segments from Oh How They Lived, Stories of the Negro Leagues, a television documentary that he produced.

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‘Unstoppable’ worth a family stop by the movie theatre

By Leon Goodrum

EL CAJON, California-Unstoppable  stars Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Chris Pine as two men attempting to stop an out-of-control train with dangerous cargo aboard.

The premise was inspired by a 2001 incident involving a  47-car CSX Transportation freight train, which raced unmanned across Ohio train tracks. With a fair share of Hollywood flair the movie beefs up the factual situation.
 
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Now, a push-button movie with plot twists as you like them

TEL AVIV (Press Release)― Will Rona and Sol kiss and seal their fate as a couple forever, or will Sol answer the ringing phone and change the course of history? A new movie format developed by Tel Aviv University lets the viewer decide.

Utilizing complicated video coding procedures, the new format provides smooth interaction and transition between scenes as audience members watch ― and determine the plot of ― Turbulence, created by  Prof. Nitzan Ben Shaul of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television. Made with his unique scene-sequencing technique, Turbulence recently won a prize at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival for its technological innovation.

“The film gives people the suspense and thrill of multiple outcomes like those of the films Sliding Doors or Run Lola Run, but it also gives them the power to really choose and influence at a number of key points how the plot of the movie will proceed,” says Prof. Ben Shaul. Curious viewers can backtrack, too ― they can go back to a narrative crossroads to see what might have been, never seeing the same ending twice. 

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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ is well, yawn, boring

By Leon Goodrum

EL CAJON — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows stars Daniel Radcliffe as the  legendary boy wizard Harry Potter.  The movie is the first part in the two-part epic finale of the book turned box office smash hit.

In the  movie Harry is attempting to evade the powerful Lord Voldemort with  help of what is left of the order of the Phoenix.

The movie like the book has become dark; the world created by David Yates and J.K. Rowling is no longer what we have seen in the past films. The tone of the movie  grows even darker as Lord Voldemort gains power and Harry’s world crumbles  around him.

Will Harry be able to overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds or will he like his parents fallto the hand of Lord Voldemort?
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Film Review: ‘Due Date’ a funny bro-mance

By Leon Goodrum

EL CAJON–Due date is a film starring Robert Downy Jr as Peter Highman, a very uptight father-to-be whose trip home is disrupted by Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) a quirky aspiring actor. The duo embark on a road trip to get Peter home in time for the birth of his first-born. 

The film plays out as a 2010 version of the 87′ comedy classic Trains, Planes & Automobiles. Similar to the 80’s classic, it chronicles the journey of an oddly paired couple featuring mishaps, blow ups and charming moments.

Director Todd Phillips again shows his ability to create a “bro-mance” full of the shenanigans featured in past comedies such as Road Trip and The Hangover. The film is definitely worth the watch, perhaps the best comedy I’ve seen this year.
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‘Due Date’

3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Comedy

Actors: Robert Downey junior, Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx

Director: Todd Phillips

Location: Parkway plaza

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Goodrum is a student in Media Comm 132