Saturday, October 21, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 46
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Do you think the Carrizo Plain should stay a national monument?

Absolutely. The Carrizo is one of the last undeveloped areas of the San Joaquin Valley, a protected habitat for endangered species, and a natural wonder for the public.
Yes, but I don't think it's as clear cut as some think. The Trump Administration should take a look at its status.
The feds should consider reducing the size of the monument.
No. The Carrizo should be privatized. Allow the market to tap into its natural resources.

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This weeks review
A QUIET PASSION
ALIEN: COVENANT
BAYWATCH
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
IT COMES AT NIGHT
MEGAN LEAVEY
MY COUSIN RACHEL
PARIS CAN WAIT
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
THE CIRCLE
THE LOVERS
THE MUMMY

THE CIRCLE


Where is it playing?: Fair Oaks

What's it rated?: PG-13

What's it worth?: $ Streaming

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, The Circle is about Mae Holland (Emma Watson) landing a job at The Circle, a fictional tech company that is obviously meant to portray a sort of cross between Google and Facebook. She soon learns that the company is very creepy under its pretense of wanting to help the world. From placing hidden cameras everywhere, to planting microchips in children’s bones as a means of preventing kidnapping, things escalate extremely quickly.

On its surface, this seems like a great movie for millennials. Not only is it about social media, but it also has a star-studded cast filled with people who the age group loves: In addition to Harry Potter’s Watson, we also get Tom Hanks, Patton Oswalt, Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan, and Star Wars’ John Boyega. But despite the subject matter and incredible cast, as a millennial myself, watching this movie felt like being lectured by a 65-year-old conspiracy theorist.

Ironically, the best thing about the movie is the worst thing about most online content: the comments. For a while, Mae holds a live broadcast of her life, and comments from her viewers appear on the screen. Each one sounded so realistic and so similar to thousands of comments I’ve read that one could almost swear the filmmakers took them from an actual live stream.

If you want to see The Circle, I recommend waiting until it’s available on a streaming service—unless, of course, you’re scared that Netflix is trying to sell all your secrets to the government. (110 min.)

—Katrina Borges