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New films: Stalingrad and Non-stop
Community Voice Film Review

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
Community Voice Film Review

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
Community Voice Film Review

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
Arts Community Voice Film Review

(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...

New films: Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, Grudge Match
Film Review

New films: Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, Grudge Match

Saving Mr. Banks Directed by John Lee Hancock This is my favorite movie of the holiday week, for sheer fun and entertainment. It tells the (mostly true) story of the encounters between Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the pseudonym of the woman who wrote the Mary Poppins...

Josh Groban Charms Sacramento
Music Review

Josh Groban Charms Sacramento

Josh Groban is a charming guy. At his concert Sunday night at Sleep Train Arena, the boyishly handsome singer had the audience in the palm of his hands, wowing with his velvety vocals and entertaining with his jokes and stories. Groban said being back in Sacramento was extra special to him, and...

New films: Rush, Don Jon, Baggage Claim, and Prisoners
Film Review

New films: Rush, Don Jon, Baggage Claim, and Prisoners

Rush Directed by Ron Howard In 1976, one of the biggest sports rivalries on a worldwide scale was between Grand Prix drivers James Hunt and Nikki Lauda. This was a big deal in the UK when I was growing up and I’m old enough to have watched these races when they happened. As drivers, Hunt and Lauda...

Going bananas at William Land Park
Events Review

Going bananas at William Land Park

What recipes can you make with bananas? At the Sacramento Banana Festival guests had a choice of 20 delicacies made with this tropical fruit. Although I only had three samples – banana bread, banana pudding and my favorite, banana lumpias – there were many more options. The Sacramento...

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