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New films: Transcendence, Bears and Dom Hemingway
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New films: Transcendence, Bears and Dom Hemingway

Keep reading, there’s a positive review at the end! Transcendence Directed by Wally Pfister There’s a scene early in “Transcendence” in which Johnny Depp’s Dr. Will Caster refers to another group of characters as having limited logic but plenty of irony. And, thus, “Transcendence” becomes the...

New films: Draft Day and Oculus
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New films: Draft Day and Oculus

Draft Day Directed by Ivan Reitman OK, I’ll admit it again – I have a soft spot for Kevin Costner. Despite one or two stinkers on his resume (don’t we all?), he’s been delivering solid performances for decades and on the one occasion I interviewed him, he couldn’t have been nicer. I’m predisposed...

Movie Review: Captain America: Winter Soldier
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Movie Review: Captain America: Winter Soldier

Do you know that feeling when you walk into the wrong movie theater or sail past the drive-in on the highway, catching a bit of jarring, clangy action devoid of context? That’s kind of what all of “Captain America: Winter Soldier” felt like to me. The original 2011 iteration of this sub...

“Cesar Chavez” on Cesar Chavez Day
Film Review

“Cesar Chavez” on Cesar Chavez Day

Cesar Chavez What better day to watch “Cesar Chavez” than on Cesar Chavez Day? This well-made and well-acted biopic recounts the period in which Chavez led the labor organization of farm workers, centered around Delano, CA, including the march to Sacramento. It ably demonstrates the scope of the...

Sacramento Ballet's Good Fortune with 'Carmina Burana'
Arts Review

Sacramento Ballet’s Good Fortune with ‘Carmina Burana’

There’s no Pat Sajak or Vanna White anywhere near the spinning Wheel of Fortune in “Carmina Burana.” No, the fickle wheel is more about good luck and bad, love and loss, and win or lose in the cosmic sense. Lady Luck (or Fortuna, as the monks who wrote the collection of poems that...

New Films and Revised Histories
Community Voice Film Review

New Films and Revised Histories

History (or lack thereof) at the movies. Two movies with historical themes opened this week, aimed at very different audiences. But neither are likely to thrill history teachers. Mr. Peabody and Sherman Directed by Rob Minkoff The latest animated movie aimed at kids is a retread of the adventures...

New films: Stalingrad and Non-stop
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New films: Stalingrad and Non-stop

Stalingrad Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk “Stalingrad” is an interesting film and subject matter, on multiple levels, although much like the recent “The Monuments Men” it may actually be more interesting to read about and discuss than to watch. But it’s also likely to attract some film fans who find...

Movie Review: Pompeii
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Movie Review: Pompeii

Pompeii Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson Was it really necessary for this movie to be such crap? Director/producer Paul W.S. Anderson is known for fantasy/sci fi action movies that are light on coherence and heavy on explosions. But whereas in the past he’s sometimes come up with flicks entertaining...

New film: 3 Days to Kill
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New film: 3 Days to Kill

3 Days to Kill Directed by McG Buried deep inside “3 Days to Kill” is a good film, or at least the potential for a good film, desperately trying to escape the awful mess. It’s a complicated film, not in the sense that it’s hard to understand but in the sense that it’s cluttered to the point that...

(Bad) new films: Gimme Shelter and I, Frankenstein
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(Bad) new films: Gimme Shelter and I, Frankenstein

Gimme Shelter Directed by Ron Krause Of two classically bad January openings this week, this is the less enjoyable of the two because it’s simply bad. Whereas the other (“I Frankenstein”) is so bad it’s enjoyable. “Gimme Shelter” feels like a cheesy TV movie of the week or an afterschool special...

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