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“Cesar Chavez” on Cesar Chavez Day
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“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...

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
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...

New film: Winter’s Tale
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New film: Winter’s Tale

Winter’s Tale Directed by Akiva Goldsman There’s a lot for frequent movie viewers to think about in “Winter’s Tale” – apart from just the film and the story itself. It’s a story that takes place in and around New York City, in a version of our world in which magic exists and has a major role in...

Oscar nominated shorts playing at the Crest Theatre (w/trailer)
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Oscar nominated shorts playing at the Crest Theatre (w/trailer)

Oscar nominated short film programs at the Crest Theatre Keeping up tradition, the Crest Theatre will be playing all 15 Oscar nominated short films, in animated, live action, and documentary programs. Neither the narrative form animated or live action programs are especially long, although they are...

(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...

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