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New films: 100-Year Old Man more appealing than George Clooney

Tomorrowland Directed by Brad Bird The big ticket new release this week is “Tomorrowland” by Brad Bird (“The Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Mission Impossible: […]

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Far From the Madding Max: Feminism at the movies?

After several decades an old story gets a reboot this week. In it, a single woman living in a male-dominated world steers her own course, taking risks but succeeding independently. Until, that is, she finds a man whom she can finally trust, one who will stand by her in good times and bad. But which […]

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Coriolanus: What’s the Big Idea here?

The Big Idea Theatre on Del Paso Boulevard is perhaps the best community theater group in Sacramento. It produces entertaining and challenging classic and contemporary works — and it does more Shakespeare each season than anyone, except maybe the summer Shakespeare Festival in Land Park. Kirk Blackinton and Brian Harrower, two of the original company […]

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New films: Black Souls, The D Train, and Hot Pursuit

Black Souls Directed by Francesco Munzi The best new film this week is playing exclusively, in the Sacramento area, at the Tower Theatre. It’s a dark Italian thriller set against a backdrop of (somewhat) organized crime. Leo lives in his family’s rural, home town where his father Luciano still farms goats and makes wine and […]

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Tower Theatre announces the “Tower Classics” repertory film series

The Tower Theatre has announced its weekly “Tower Classics” summer repertory film series. With modern classics each Monday at 7pm, the Tower is featuring blasts from the not so distant past. More information follows, including running times, ratings and additional links: WHAT: Repertory Film Series WHEN: First Monday each month – May 4 thru August 3 […]

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Dogfight: a Well-done Operatic Musical

“Dogfight: The Musical” made passage from Broadway to many prestigious local theaters in the US, Canada, and Australia. The production, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Peter Duchan, has received rave reviews and a lot of analysis. Presented by the Green Valley Theatre Company, whose shows play […]

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Play Puts Arab-Israeli Conflict in Personal Terms

In 2003, an idealistic 23-year-old American college student named Rachel Corrie traveled from Olympia, Wash., to the Gaza town of Rafah. Her dream of connecting her hometown with Rafah as sister cities became – like her – a casualty of war. On March 16, 2003, Corrie was killed, run over and crushed by an Israeli […]

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New films: The Water Diviner, The Age of Adaline, Ex Machina, & Little Boy

The Water Diviner Directed by Russell Crowe On April 25th, 1915, Allied forces landed at Gallipoli in modern day Turkey. One hundred years later, “The Water Diviner” tells the story of an Australian farmer who, after World War I, travels to the site of the battle to find the bodies of his sons who fought […]

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Davis-based Dance Troupe Teaches How to Deal with Life — and the Undead

Pamela Trokanski is one of the most intelligent and creative makers of modern dance you’re likely to find. And a sharp sense of humor informs her work, too. Witness her latest program, Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse & Other Life Events, playing through this weekend. The Davis-based Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre (PTDT) premiered the new work […]

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New films: Monkey Kingdom, Child 44, and True Story

A moviebriefs roundup of three newly opened films. I wasn’t quite sure whether to laugh or cringe when “Monkey Kingdom,” the latest Disney live action wildlife “documentary” started with “The Monkees Theme.” I grew up with David Attenborough narrated nature documentaries that had more blood and sex than anything else on TV. And now kids […]

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“Once” More With Feeling: Broadway Sacramento Show a Must-See

The Tony Award winning musical ONCE, in Sacramento through this weekend as a part of its national tour, is an inspirational and moving production that’s simply not to be missed. Not your average Broadway Blockbuster, ONCE is based on the 2006 movie of the same name about a melancholy Dublin Busker (Street Musician), known only as “Guy”, […]

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Jam in the Musical Space Age with Bill Frisell and the Joshua Light Show

One of America’s most revered jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell, is melding music with art at a unique performance that combines music from his latest 1950s and ’60s inspired album with the psychedelic art of the Joshua Light Show. Playing on April 24 at the Mondavi Center for Performing Arts, the show will feature the brilliant guitar strokes of this imaginative musician as he […]

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New films: The Longest Ride, Danny Collins, While We’re Young

Three new films open this week and all have either stories within stories or dual plotlines – not all of which work. The Longest Ride Directed by George Tillman Jr. The most obviously separated storylines occur within “The Longest Ride,” the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel (“The Notebook,” “Dear John,” “Safe Haven”). And […]

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New films: Furious 7 and three bonus moviebriefs

Furious 7 Directed by James Wan The seventh film in the Fast & Furious franchise, “Furious 7” was in jeopardy when actor Paul Walker died prior to the end of principle photography. However, a few script tweaks and some special effects tricks saved the project and the film now serves as both the latest and […]

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Flume, Kaytranada & AlunaGeorge Coming to UC Davis

The Associated Students, University of California, Davis (ASUCD) teamed up with Goldenvoice, San Francisco to bring one of the biggest shows in years to UC Davis. Flume, Kaytranada & AlunaGeorge will be playing to an excited audience at the university’s ARC Pavilion on May 19.  Tickets to the 18+ show are on sale now and will sell out fast […]

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