‘Broke: The Santa Barbara Oil Spill of 2015’

Doc on the Refugio spill’s effects on the landscape, animals, humans, and policy Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2018

SBIFF Opens with World-Premiere Film ‘The Public’

Emilio Estevez’s David-versus-Goliath movie calls out national homeless epidemic. Read story.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

‘Sky & Ground’

Intimate documentary about of a family fleeing Syria and trying to reach Germany Read story.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

‘I, Tonya’ Beautifully Blends Memory and Reality

Tonya Harding biopic shows that the “truth” of things often depends on who is telling the story. Read story.

Monday, January 22, 2018

‘The Post’ Defends the Fourth Estate in Heroic Thriller

The story is so interesting that not even Steven Spielberg can ruin it. Read story.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Suicidal Impulses Thread Through ‘Happy End’

This tale of dysfunctional family ties is dotted by calamities amid deceptively calm circumstances. Read story.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Shakespeare on Film Series at Pollock Theater

The Bard’s “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” and more translated to the big screen. Read story.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

‘The Shape of Water’ Has Soft, Sparkling Edges and Grand Exuberance

Actor Sally Hawkins is a big draw, her physically expressive performance well matched to the role of someone who communicates sans speech. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

‘In the Fade’ Is an Indictment of Hate and Xenophobia

This chilling film about intolerance has renewed relevance in the age of Trump. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Santa Barbara's Raw Science Film Festival

The three-day event consists of movies, exhibits, and educational workshops that mingle science and pop culture. Read story.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Entertains yet Leaves You Wanting More

The second film explores the spiritual side of the Force as characters retreat and regroup. Read story.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Josef Woodard’s 2017 Top 10 TV and Films

The ‘Indy’ film/television critic shares his favorite big- and small-screen offerings of the year. Read story.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

‘The Disaster Artist’ Is a Study in Human Pathos

James Franco nails the balance of control and excess the role requires, while Dave Franco is the perfect earnest, trusting foil. Read story.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

SBIFF 2018 Virtuosos Honorees Announced

Lineup includes Gal Gadot, Timothée Chalamet, Kumail Nanjiani, and John Boyega Read story.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

‘Godless’ Considers Little-Tapped Possibilities in Western Narrative

Scott Frank’s seven-episode series lures viewers into terrain both familiar and fresh. Read story.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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