Opinion: On Sony, hackers, business decisions, and the Sacramento Bee

This morning, the Sacramento Bee published an Editorial Board opinion entitled “The Sony hacking scandal isn’t funny any more.” It never was. And the media […]

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SnowGlobe Music Festival: a Winter Wonderland Extravaganza

Despite the fact that SnowGlobe is only in its fourth year, this 3-day festival has proven to be a hot spot for a proper New Year’s Eve celebration for music artists and fans alike. South Lake Tahoe provides the perfect backdrop for fans to enjoy ski and snowboard activities by day and some of 2014’s […]

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (and recap of the prior films)

  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Directed by Peter Jackson This is an odd film to write about, especially as a fan of the material and of Jackson’s Middle Earth films, as I’m essentially recommending the film for all the wrong reasons. If, like me, you feel like you have many years […]

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New Films: Top Five & Exodus: Gods and Kings

Top Five Written & Directed by Chris Rock “Top Five” is a good but not great movie. It could have been a better movie if Chris Rock the writer and director had cast somebody other than Chris Rock the actor. Or if perhaps he had cast himself in something other than the lead role which […]

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New films: the Theory of Everything, Mockingjay, Horrible Bosses 2

It’s a good week at the movies with solid options to fit several tastes. The Theory of Everything Directed by James Marsh The best and most meaningful film of the week is a film about the early life of famed physicist Stephen Hawking – who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease 50 years ago and […]

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RTAA Annie

Award-winning Shows & Quality Youth Programs Reign at Roseville Theatre Arts Academy

Many people who hear the words “youth theater” may be quick to judge its productions as merely a grade above school plays where kids dress up and sing songs. Don’t let the sparse description of the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy fool you. “I think a lot of people have a preconceived idea that because a […]

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New film: Keanu Reeves is “John Wick”

John Wick Directed by Chad Stahelski “John Wick” is one of those films that can easily alienate some film critics, while still maintaining a firm hold on the slightly positive side of the critical mass (i.e., with many people giving it moderately good reviews). But it’s worth considering the film in the context of what […]

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Sacramento Ballet Sizzles at 60 with Great Gatsby Season Opener

The Sacramento Ballet opened its 60th season Thursday with a reprise of co-artistic director Ron Cunningham’s ambitious “The Great Gatsby.” The “Roaring 20s” sets the stage for this full-length dance that turns F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel into a great American dance. The highlight of the 2012-13 season, “Gatsby” returns with much the same […]

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Friday’s last Trash Film Orgy screening at the Crest Theatre

After 14 years of successfully entertaining late night movie goers, the locally produced Trash Film Orgy (TFO) film festival series is ending its run at the Crest Theatre. It may well be back at another venue, but TFO is directly connected to the current Crest management team, who have lost their lease on the building […]

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Special Farewell Screening Tonight at the Crest – Plus Three New Films Opening

  Singin’ in the Rain – Crest Theatre Friday, October 17th at 7:30pm. If you’ve been living under a rock, you might not have heard that the long time managers of the Crest Theatre, CSLM Inc., led by the incomparable Laura “Sid” Garcia Heberger have lost their lease on the building. And so 28 years […]

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Carousel at TBD Fest

Best New Discoveries at TBD Fest: Viceroy, Carousel & 8th Grader

TBD Fest may be over, but the music doesn’t have to stop there. Although TBD’s line-up extended over 3 days and brought in much more impressive headliners this year, the festival also brought out new and up-and-coming artists who definitely should be noticed as artists on the rise. Here are my best new discoveries at TBD Fest […]

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Moviebriefs: Pride, The Judge, Alexander and the…Very Bad Day

Here’s another quick moviebriefs roundup of most of this week’s new films.   Kill the Messenger Directed by Michael Cuesta For special coverage of this release and an interview with Gary Webb’s son Ian: LINK.   Pride Directed by Matthew Warchus The best film of the week follows others in the strong British tradition of […]

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Film: Viewing “Kill the Messenger” Through the Eyes of Gary Webb’s Son

This weekend marks the opening of “Kill the Messenger,” the excellent film account of the journalistic work of Gary Webb, who first uncovered the connections between the CIA, drug trafficking and the Nicaraguan Contras. This story has special significance to local audiences, as much of Webb’s work was done in and around Sacramento and there […]

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Empire of the Sun @ TBD Fest 10.4.14

TBD Fest: An Up-and-Coming Festival

21,000 attendees stormed TBD’s dusty festival grounds despite the scorching hot weather Sacramento received over the 3-day festival, so you could definitely say TBD was a success! The weekend showcased some stellar headliners with Moby, Empire of the Sun and Justice, who put on some of the most epic sets I’ve seen in Sacramento. I was […]

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New films: Gone Girl, Tracks, The Notebook

This is an odd week in that all three of the films reviewed are good, but each had some characteristic that felt somewhat unsatisfying. In each case, the specific concern was subjective and will likely affect (or not) different viewers in different ways. Gone Girl Directed by David Fincher “Gone Girl” is the latest film […]

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