The Sun Is Also a Star Is For Young Romance Fans, Not Old White Men

Following Jamaican-born Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi of Black-ish and Grown-ish) and first-generation Korean-American Daniel Bae (Charles Melton of Riverdale) as they fall into an ill-fated whirlwind 24-hour romance in New York (Natasha’s family is set to be deported back to Jamaica just after they meet), The Sun is Also A Star isn’t out for realism; it’s a young adult fairy tale aimed at tugging adolescent heart-strings. So the substantial amount …

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Irvine Weekly Movie Pick: Getting Playful with Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Welcome to Irvine Weekly‘s Movie Picks, your look at the hottest films in SoCal theaters this week — from indie art house gems and classics to popcorn-perfect blockbusters and new movies garnering buzz. Check here every week before you make your big screen plans. Pokémon Detective Pikachu, based on a video game based on the bestselling media franchise, takes place in a world where humans capture and train cute monsters …

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Irvine Weekly Movie Pick: The Ladies of Poms Prove They Still Have Pep

Welcome to Irvine Weekly‘s Movie Picks, your look at the hottest films in SoCal theaters this week — from indie art house gems and classics to popcorn-perfect blockbusters and new movies garnering buzz. Check here every week before you make your big screen plans. Poms collects a cast of venerable actresses for a rollicking comedy about a group of retirees who start a female cheerleading squad. Diane Keaton, still graceful and …

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Irvine Weekly Movie Pick: Tolkien as Teen Heartthrob

Welcome to Irvine Weekly‘s Movie Picks, your look at the hottest films in SoCal theaters this week — from indie art house gems and classics to popcorn-perfect blockbusters and new movies garnering buzz. Check here every week before you make your big screen plans. In Tolkien, the fusty Oxford philologist who penned The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings finds screen representation as a teen heartthrob (Nicholas Hoult). The …

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Review: “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

For whatever upsetting, deep psychological reason, there’s no questioning that American audiences are currently fascinated with the serial killer. Films and documentaries have been cropping up across every platform for the last year featuring the worst and most unforgiving true crimes of our nation’s history. It’s no wonder, then, that Netflix would embrace the cultural trend (that they may have very well restarted in the first place) with not one, …

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ScreenX Has Landed at Irvine Spectrum

When you’re going to the movies, your choices begin long before you reach the cinema: Do you want to reserve your seat in advance? Which online service do you use to make your reservation? Which row would you like to sit in? Would you like extra carry-on luggage? Oh wait! Wrong industry. You get the idea, though. From combination snack choices at the concession area to theatrical membership services, there …

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Coastline Clash at the Irvine Improv

Wrestling fans, prepare yourselves, for one of the most exhilarating nights of wrestling to ever hit Orange County. This Monday, May 13, the Irvine Improv will play host to Coastline Clash, the annual springtime live pro-wrestling event put on by Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (CWFH). The major event marks the first time CWFH has returned to Orange County since its original television tapings at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, …

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O.C. Night Market Returns for Another Season

Night markets are a millennia-old Chinese tradition. Historically, they are street-markets comprised of various types of vendors – usually with an emphasis on food, clothing and jewelry. Throughout the ages, the tradition has spread throughout various Asian countries, including Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Many North American cities (in both Canada and the U.S.) with Chinatowns host night markets, and the 626 Night Market, in Arcadia, …

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Netflix’s Bonding is a Quirky, Quickie Binge

When it comes to the millennial mindset, there are certain things we all know to be true: (1) attention spans are short, (2) sex shaming is no longer a thing, and (3) “Netflix and chill” is very much still a thing. Bonding, Netflix’s new original seven episode series, is an uncensored look at life for 20-somethings today, and it provides a quirky and quick (each episode is only 15 minutes) …

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UglyDolls Plays in Familiar Territory

There are some pretty huge names attached to STX films’ new animated musical UglyDolls, particularly from the pop music sphere. But don’t expect Toy Story or anything close. Unlike the Disney classic, which tapped into the nostalgic yet bittersweet heart of why our childhood belongings are so beloved, this little movie offers nothing new in terms of storyline, dialog or visuals. Even the main characters seem very familiar, recalling everything from Nick …

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