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Review: American Sniper

Bradley Cooper carries this film, while Clint Eastwood’s no-nonsense direction style pushes us through the melodramatic moments. Read story.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: Blackhat

Blackhat is director Michael Mann trying to make a Hong Kong thriller. But it isn’t as bad as people are saying. Read story.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Secret Ocean 3D

Jean-Michel Cousteau drops in on the seas’ macro world. Read story.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Desert Dancer Opens SBIFF

Director Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer makes its U.S. debut at the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Read story.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: Taken 3

Taken 3 is a blurry action flick buried beneath an annoyingly careful quasi-morality tale. Read story.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review: Selma

This highly watchable MLK biopic is full of heart and modern-day resonance. Read story.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SBIFF Unveils 30th Anniversary Lineup

Roger Durling announced new sidebars and more educational outreach programs during Thursday morning's big film festival reveal. Read story.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Review: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

2 is a cozy ghost story with little onscreen violence and a peculiar, kind of useless plot. Read story.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Review: Unbroken

As impressive as Unbroken is, it doesn’t feel original or essential. Read story.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Review: Into the Woods

Despite some Disneyfication, Into the Woods is a solid adaptation of the Sondheim musical, with messages for kids and adults alike. Read story.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Review: Big Eyes

Big Eyes returns director Tim Burton to his grand topic of the rewards and punishments doled out to the creative class. Read story.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: The Interview

The Interview, despite all its suspiciously helpful controversies, isn’t much more than a dimwit’s perspective on the last full-fledged Communist dictator on the planet. Read story.

Monday, December 29, 2014

TV Is the New Art House

The brave new world of VOD and why you probably didn’t see some of the best films of 2014. Read story.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Review: Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson does the almost-impossible by turning a Thomas Pynchon novel into a fun, artful, thoroughly watchable movie. Read story.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: Top Five

Chris Rock’s winking homage to Woody Allen ends up to be unexpectedly great. Read story.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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