Paper Towns’ Coming-of-Age Quest

Adapted from the John (The Fault in Our Stars) Green novel, this film is a winning, sweet, and unexpectedly unsentimental coming-of-age tale. Read story.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Trainwreck is a Funny, Risqué Adventure

The film is a funny of-the-moment snapshot of the pitfalls and pratfalls of modern non-monogamy. Read story.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cartel Land Captures the Gritty Mexican Drug Wars

The documentary portrays the drug wars — the violence, the heroes, and the innocent caught in the crossfire. Read story.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ant-Man’s Miniscule Mission

What should have been a fun film ended up overinflated with too much awkward Disney moralizing. Read story.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Minions Doesn’t Live Up to the Hype

The movie based is completely witless, a lot of predictable slapstick substituting for clever plotting, and even the satire. Read story.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Amy Is a Tender and Tragic Story

The film reveals a compulsively creative old soul happiest in the studio and on the small stage. Read story.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


It lacks the courage of the original film Second’s convictions, but somehow still works as a little suspense movie with a terrific cast. Read story.

Monday, July 13, 2015

SBIFF’s The Wave Festival 2015

Mini festival brings the best French film fare to Santa Barbara. Read story.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Magic Mike XXL Is a Lighthearted Road Trip

Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello return for the sequel to the 2012 hit film. Read story.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Terminator: Genisys Travels the Same Old Path

If you watch this film in 3D with your ears plugged, it’s okay summer fare. Read story.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Max Plugs Glory of Animals Fighting Wars

Can puppy love help heal hearts and prevent crime? Doggedly affirmative, sir. Read story.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ted 2 Is Well-Worn Comedy

Seth MacFarlane goes places he’s already gone and doesn’t come up with comedy gold. Read story.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is Funny and Moving

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s film is an accumulation of perfect small details, animated flourishes, and a wicked soundtrack. Read story.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dope Triumphs on the Big Screen

This film is a goofy, summer-loving goose chase, but also finds the joke in limited expectations and the triumph in exceeding them. Read story.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Isn’t Very Original

Swedish director Roy Andersson tries to build a new kind of feature film experience and doesn’t really succeed. Read story.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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