Movie Reviews: Cloud Atlas

Movie Reviews: North By North LesCloud Atlas

Four-and-a-half stars.

2012, 172 mins., co-directed and co-written by Andy & Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer.

Having avoided this film for so long, after hearing secondhand reports of a disjointed, ponderous effort, this reviewer reports that this adaption of David Mitchell’s groundbreaking novel, Cloud Atlas, is a visual feast, film noir, comedy, sci-fi fantasy, and thriller, all rolled into one. Taking place across several centuries in time, across several countries, six seemingly disparate stories unfold, with a cast of actors playing multiple roles, often switching gender and race (with the skillful use of prosthetics). The story of six individuals is related moving back and forth through the centuries, and how their individual actions have consequences for all in the course of events. Starring in multiple roles (among others) are: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, and Susan Sarandon.  See the record for Cloud Atlas.

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection.  The opinions expressed are his alone.

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Zotero Workshop for Grad Students Coming Up

In this workshop, learn to cite and manage multiple sources with ease using Zotero, a free citation management plug-in that helps make the writing process smoother and more enjoyable. With Zotero, you can easily import and export citations to use in your text and bibliography, freeing you to concentrate on content. Zotero also lets you save valuable full-text sources as you find them, saving you time during the research process.

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015: 4:30 – 5:50 pm

Pfau Library PL-2005

Register now on our workshop calendar!

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New Workshop! Publishing a Scholarly Article

Curious about what it takes to turn that paper into a journal article? This workshop takes a look at how publishing works, including choosing the right journal, the process of peer review, and what to expect if and when your paper is accepted for publication.

Monday, April 27

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Room PL-2005

Registration is required. Register now on our workshop calendar.

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Our Library Guides Have a New Look!

We are happy to share that our Library Guides have a fresh new look! Check out our guides to review key library resources, learn new research skills, explore critical information literacy concepts, and more. These can be incorporated into class websites, Blackboard, and syllabi.

Think a guide might be helpful for your specific class or assignment? Request a library guide now.

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Advanced Workshop for Grad Students Coming Up

Advanced Library Research

In this workshop, we’ll explore more databases and search tools, the current information economy, and how to immerse yourself in the literature of your field so that you gain confidence in your subject expertise. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the basic workshop first.

Wednesday, April 22, 4:30 – 5:50 pm


Register now on our workshop calendar.

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Latino Book and Family Festival

The Latino Book & Family Festival logoPresented By: Edward James Olmos, Latino Literacy Now, CSUSB, the John M. Pfau Library, and the Santos Manuel Student Union

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015 | 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.

At the SANTOS MANUEL STUDENT UNION California State University, San Bernardino 5500 University Pkwy. San Bernardino, CA 92407

Featured Authors: Judith Valles, former mayor of San Bernardino and educator. Her new release, “Como Decia Mi Mama: As My Mother Would Say,” is a collection of her mother’s favorite aphorisms or sayings containing fresh perspectives on life.

Visit us on Facebook at Inland Empire Latino Book & Family Festival

If you have any questions about this event please contact Iwona Contreras at (909)537-3447 or

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Chalk Walk Event

rainbow chalkIn conjunction with The Arts & Music Festival, John M. Pfau Library presents:

Friday, May 15, 2015
4-9 p.m.
Located at the North Entrance




  • LIVE Patio Entertainment
  • Exhibit inside library
  • Patio seating and music will be available
  • Demonstrate your creative side and chalk it up at the library!
  • We provide the chalk!

If you have questions or would like to know more about upcoming events, please email Iwona Contreras at or call (909)537-3447.

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Library Research for Freshmen Spring Workshops – Register Today!

Meant for first-year students, this workshop provides an introduction to resources available through John M. Pfau Library. This session addresses why it is necessary to use the deep web for scholarly research, and attendees learn how to navigate the library website, find online journal articles, locate books, and get research help.

Thursday, April 16, 4:00 – 4:50 pm

Tuesday, May 5, 12:00 – 12:50 pm

Wednesday, May 20, 4:00 – 4:50 pm

All workshops take place in room PL-2005.

Registration is required! Register now on our workshop calendar.


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Basic Workshop for Grad Students Coming Up

Basic Library Research

This session is for students enrolled in a CSUSB master’s program who have little or no experience in online database searching. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the deep web, the literature review, and basic search strategies in general databases.

Wednesday, April 15, 4:30 – 5:50 pm


Register now on our workshop calendar.

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Library Hours New for Spring 2015

Pfau Library’s regular hours for Spring Quarter start on April 4, 2015.

As an experiment, we’re trying out extended hours at the beginning of the week.

Monday-Tuesday 8 AM-11 PM
Wednesday-Thursday 8 AM-10 PM
Friday 8 AM-5 PM
Saturday 9 AM-2 PM
Sunday 1 PM-5 PM

For additional details, check our Hours page.

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