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New films: Creed, Trumbo, Legend, The Good Dinosaur, Victor Frankenstein

Creed Directed by Ryan Coogler Sac State film alumnus Ryan Coogler has followed his outstanding feature-length directorial debut (“Fruitvale Station”) with another equally strong film, […]

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New films: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, plus five other moviebriefs

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Directed by Francis Lawrence The “Hunger Games” franchise finally limps to a close in this second-half of the adaptation of the third book in the trilogy. And that description largely captures the problems of the film, as there should never have been a fourth installment in the three-part […]

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New films: The 33, Love the Coopers, My All-American

The 33 Directed by Patricia Riggen “The 33” is a dramatized version of the true story (even if not in all of the smaller details) of the 2010 collapse of a gold and copper mine in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The mine, which already had a poor safety record, was poorly equipped and unfit to respond […]

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Touring Artist Spotlight: CHERUB

If you listen to the radio, chances are you’ve heard Cherub‘s hit single “Doses and Mimosas” and jammed out to it in your car. The Nashville based indie-electronic duo, consisting of Jason Huber and Jordan Kelley, formed in 2010. The duo met while going to school for music production in Nashville and fostered a friendship […]

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New films: Spectre and a Mini Fall French Film Fest

Spectre Directed by Sam Mendes Three years ago, when “Skyfall” was released, I described it as a good movie but not necessarily a good Bond movie. Largely a reboot mixed with an origins story, it was oddly introspective at times in an interesting but rather un-Bond-like manner, not least when Bond and M shared a […]

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Elf the Musical Brings Early Christmas Cheer to Broadway Sacramento

Broadway Sacramento has launched its new season with the fluffy and sugar-dusted confection, Elf the Musical, and the show is a holiday treat for the whole family. Elf the Musical is based on the hit 2003 Will Farrell movie about Buddy, a young orphan child who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts one Christmas Eve […]

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Uniquely Sacramento: Local Artist Captures Our ‘Wistful’ Valley

The latest work of local artist, Julie Smiley, is meant to be a recollection of familiar sights with a conscious effort to include the fragments often overlooked. On exhibit through December at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, the work, titled “The SkyLine Series”, features landscapes of the Sacramento region full of the beautiful hues and unique views of […]

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New films: All Things Must Pass, Jem and the Holograms, and Rock the Kasbah

All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records Directed by Colin Hanks Colin Hanks’ documentary “All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records” chronicles the Sacramento based music business empire from its start, with founder Russ Solomon selling used jukebox 45’s in his father’s drug store, to its over-extended […]

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Touring Artist Spotlight: RAC is “Going Our Own Way”

At the end of October, Andre Anjos is hitting the road with the band for RAC’s “Going Our Own Way” tour. The band, who played at Sacramento’s TBD Fest in 2014, hasn’t played any new material since debuting their single “Back of the Car” at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival. After his latest […]

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New films: Bridge of Spies, Freeheld, and Crimson Peak

Bridge of Spies Directed by Stephen Spielberg Stephen Spielberg’s latest film, “Bridge of Spies,” recounts the circumstances of the deal to exchange Francis Gary Powers, a U-2 pilot shot down over the USSR in 1960, for Rudolph Abel, a Soviet intelligence officer arrested for spying in the US. Tom Hanks stars as James B. Donovan, […]

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Ballet Looks at Past & Future in ‘Snap Shots’

The Sacramento Ballet has named its 2015-16 season “Breaking Ground” – a reference to the fact that, come January, the company will move from its longtime home at 1631 K St. to a new one, at the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts, the former Fremont School in midtown Sacramento. The initial program […]

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Chronicles of a Hometown Film Shoot Part II: Homegrown

The last two weeks of pre-production I’ve felt like I’m sprinting full speed. I’ve been buying gear, booking crew, sending out location agreements, securing props, haggling hotel rates, and so much more. I’ve produced projects before, but never have I worn so many hats in such a short amount of time. But I have to […]

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‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ is Scary Good

What’s better than a good scary story for the Halloween season? Probably nothing. And Big Idea Theatre’s production of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is very good, indeed. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, “Jekyll/Hyde” not only tells the story of a man discovering the darkness within him, it has […]

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New films: He Named Me Malala, 99 Homes and Pan

He Named Me Malala Directed by David Guggenheim I feel like I might be the negligent poster child for appreciating “He Named Me Malala.” As most of you probably know, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the forehead, at close range, by a member of the Taliban as their punishment for her advocacy of education for […]

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Sacramento Theatre Company makes ‘Sense’ of Jane Austen novel

Jane Austen was about 19 when she started writing what would become her fist published novel, “Sense and Sensibility.” The romantic novel is a comedy of manners, the manners being those of the late 1700s and early 1800s. The book often is taught in schools because it is easy to identify its themes, symbols and […]

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