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Angelica Cervantes

Angelica Cervantes, Staff Writer

Angelica Cervantes is a recent transfer to CSUSM and is now a staff writer for The Cougar Chronicle. She enjoys writing her own stories as well as watching various types of films. She aspires to become a screenwriter and to have an influence in cinema.
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Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo star in new quirky comedy Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar, now available to stream on Netflix.

REVIEW: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar shows that middle-aged women can still have their “hot girl summer”

May 3, 2021

Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar is an eccentric and poppy new film that amplifies vacation vibes on the sunny coast of Florida.  As we head into spring and summer months, this film livens the mood...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

May 3, 2021

Book: Transcendent Kingdom Yaa Gyasi released her debut novel Transcendent Kingdom in September 2020. The book does not hesitate to take on darker topics such as abuse, addiction and depression....

 In the Earth is now available to stream on Netflix.

REVIEW: Horror film In the Earth falls short in scaring its audience

April 26, 2021

This review may contain spoilers.  Ben Wheatley’s new film, In the Earth (2021) blends both fictional and scientific ideologies.  The story centers around Dr. Martin Lowery (Joel Fry) and Zach...

REVIEW: CSUSM professor shares how to write through self-identity at virtual event

April 26, 2021

The Cross-Cultural Center held an online event called “Writing as a Tool of Resistance” on April 13. Cross-Cultural Center programs specialist Karla May introduced Sonia Gutierrez, who led and discussed...

Japanese American jazz pianist Kei Akagi visited CSUSM as part of the Arts & Lectures series.

REVIEW: Pianist Kei Akagi shows the beauty of music through improvisation

April 7, 2021

CSUSM held a virtual concert that featured well-known pianist Kei Akagi on April 2. Music department chair Ching-Meng Cheng hosted this musical event that allowed students, faculty and community members...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

April 6, 2021

Movie: Coming 2 America Nearly 30 years after the original Coming To America film, its sequel Coming 2 America brings old-school nostalgia and New Age representation to the forefront. With the combination...

CSUSM Theatre recently held their first performance of the spring 2021 semester She Kills Monsters.

REVIEW: CSUSM Theatre’s She Kills Monsters walks the line between fantasy and virtual reality

March 21, 2021

CSUSM Theatre’s production of She Kills Monsters: A Virtual Realm creates a daring and memorable story that will have its audience in tears of both joy and sadness.  Surrounding the relationship...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

March 21, 2021

Documentary: Audrey Behind closed doors, despite the fame, Audrey Hepburn’s desire to be loved is something we learn in the new Netflix documentary Audrey. There has been no other like Audrey...

CSUSM’s Literature and Writing department hosted the 1913 Press Reading with Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi and Megin Jimenez.

Writers share their work in literature & writing department event

March 15, 2021

The CSUSM literature & writing studies department hosted the 1913 Press Reading as part of the Community and World Literary series on Mar. 11.  The event introduced students and faculty to two...

The Little Things is available to watch on HBO Max.

REVIEW: Character-driven film The Little Things invites viewers to play detective

March 7, 2021

HBO Max’s recent film The Little Things is a new paradigm of mystery that sets foot into uncharted territory through two unique perspectives.  Joe Deacon (Denzel Washington) is a veteran detective...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

February 27, 2021

Song: “Gasoline” by HAIM (feat. Taylor Swift) Alternative rock band HAIM teamed up with Taylor Swift to release a remix of their song “Gasoline” from their album Women in Music Pt. III....

Professor Heidi Breuer was one of the literature and writing studies faculty members who participated in the literature reading on Feb. 11.

Faculty share creative writing with campus community

February 21, 2021

Five literature & writing (LTWR) faculty members read from their past or current literary projects on Feb. 11 in a Zoom event hosted by the LTWR department. There were about 127 attendees, including...

Malcolm and Marie is now available to stream on Netflix.

Malcolm and Marie redefines love and hate

February 14, 2021

Sam Levinson’s Malcolm and Marie produces a whirlwind of emotions surrounding the struggles of a complex relationship.  Featuring Zendaya and John David Washington as the leads, the film showcases...

Music can have a powerful effect on mental health.

Music through the lens of mental health

February 8, 2021

Music has often been a medium of art that expresses human emotion. Whether it be through singing or the melody of instruments, these sounds create a tangible idea of feelings.  We often hear people...

Season One and part of Season Two of The Mandalorian are now available on Disney+.

Season Two of The Mandalorian takes you on a new space journey

December 6, 2020

The second season of The Mandalorian dominates on Disney +.  No other film or show has matched up to how well perceived this show has been on Disney’s streaming service.  As we know from the...

California residents overwhelmingly voted no on Proposition 16.

California voters’ rejection of Prop 16 demonstrates their thoughts on affirmative action

November 23, 2020

The recent U.S. elections have brought attention to new issues that affect minority groups.  One of these issues is California’s Proposition 16. The measure did not pass, but if it had, it would...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

November 7, 2020

Web Series/Podcast: Critical Role Beginning as a web series on Twitch in 2015, Critical Role continues to provide laughs and thrills both on and offline today. Critical Role features a group of...

These eight movies will be perfect to watch during your quarantined Halloween.

8 spooky films for your Halloween quarantine

October 24, 2020

Psycho (1960): This classic Alfred Hitchcock film from the 60s is the foundation for many horror films today. Slasher films like Halloween and Friday the 13th derive much of their inspiration from this...

Enola Holmes is now available to stream on Netflix.

Enola Holmes redefines feminism

October 11, 2020

The film Enola Holmes is a tale of rebellion and adventure within the universe of Sherlock Holmes.  Enola, played by Millie Bobby Brown, is a young woman with a brilliant mind whose talent lies in...

Disney’s live-action Mulan brings a new story to a Disney classic.

Mulan brings a realistic approach to the traditional tale

September 26, 2020

The new live-action remake of Mulan breaks waves in the cinematic universe of Disney. With a slightly different story to tell, this film honors the 1998 original while producing new ways of appreciating...

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet premiered Sept. 3, 2020 in theaters and on-demand

Explore the time-bending world of Tenet

September 15, 2020

Tenet, a highly-anticipated original film by Christopher Nolan, redefines the genre of traditional espionage movies.  Nolan can be credited for his swift, complex films that inspire a new form of moviemaking....

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