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New films: Interstellar vs. Big Hero 6
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New films: Interstellar vs. Big Hero 6

There’s a wonderful film opening this week that features society in a somewhat altered future, with advanced science, genius thinking, and travel through a dimensional wormhole – but it’s not Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” it’s Disney’s latest animated feature “Big Hero 6” directed by Don Hall...

New film: Keanu Reeves is "John Wick"
Arts Film Review

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...

Sacramento Ballet Sizzles at 60 with Great Gatsby Season Opener
Arts Review

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...

Friday's last Trash Film Orgy screening at the Crest Theatre
Arts Film Review

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...

Moviebriefs: Pride, The Judge, Alexander and the...Very Bad Day
Arts Film Review

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...

SacAnime Celebrates 10 Years in Sacramento
Events Review

SacAnime Celebrates 10 Years in Sacramento

Looking more like a busy time of the day at a crowded New York City subway, thousands of people walked around the Sacramento Convention Center as over 10,000 fans and cosplayers descended to attend SacAnime’s summer event. Two SacAnime conventions take place in Sacramento annually. A three...

New films: Gone Girl, Tracks, The Notebook
Arts Film Review

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...

New films: A Moviebriefs Roundup of Four (good) New Films
Film Review

New films: A Moviebriefs Roundup of Four (good) New Films

Boxtrolls Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi “Boxtrolls” is the latest animated film from the studio behind “Coraline” and “Paranorman” and is the most fun release of the week. It’s also one of the few kids’ films of the last couple of years that actually has some good messages and...

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