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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
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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...

Special Screening Sunday: “Art Gods” of Tower Records
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Special Screening Sunday: “Art Gods” of Tower Records

  Most folks around Sacramento are aware of the basic story surrounding the Fall and Rise of the iconic Tower Records stores, and many have personal histories that include time spent working or browsing the aisles. On Sunday, January 26th, the Crest Theatre will screen “Art Gods”...

American Hustle leaves a lot to be desired
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American Hustle leaves a lot to be desired

David O. Russell’s American Hustle is one of those films that leaves you expecting more. This expectation is severely inflated by the critical acclaim it is receiving. It is one of those movies that leaves you thinking “maybe I just don’t get it.” American Hustle takes place at the end...

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

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

Director-star Lee finds lots to love in Landry’s ‘Menagerie’
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Director-star Lee finds lots to love in Landry’s ‘Menagerie’

Most everyone who’s attended a high-school English class is familiar with “The Glass Menagerie,” playwright Tennessee Williams’ iconic “memory” play about Amanda Wingfield, an obsessively doting mother, and the love-hate relationship she has with her two children, the mentally and physically ill...

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