Film Reviews

‘BlacKkKlansman’ Touches Raw Nerves of Race Politics

Spike Lee’s film shows how the threat of violence can be as traumatic as violence itself. Read story.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

‘Leave No Trace’: Complete Freedom Is Illusory

Film portrays the heartbreaking relationship between a haunted, war-weary vet and his daughter as they attempt to survive outside the confines of society. Read story.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

‘Dark Money’ Will Make Your Blood Boil

Kimberly Reed’s documentary exposes how camouflaged private funds influence public policy. Read story.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

‘Three Identical Strangers’ Examines What Makes Us Who We Are

Using archival footage, dramatic reenactments, and investigative interviews and research, the documentary poses the “nature versus nurture” question. Read story.

Monday, July 30, 2018

‘Blindspotting’: An Operatic Cat’s Cradle

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal take up the strands of ongoing dialogues about racial justice. Read story.

Monday, July 30, 2018

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Offers More of the Same

While film maintains the silly, happy style of the original, it’s probably most enjoyable for diehard fans. Read story.

Monday, July 30, 2018

‘Love, Cecil’ Captures Life of Photog Cecil Beaton

Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary does a smashing job of filling in the blanks and chronology of this restless, multitalented Brit. Read story.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

‘Sorry to Bother You’ Shines Spotlight on Problems in Capitalist Culture

Director Boots Riley’s film spins a hurricane of gripping, Dada-esque events. Read story.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

‘Deadpool 2’ Has Style All Its Own

Sequel has as much action, comedy, and cursing as one has come to expect from Deadpool. Read story.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

‘Tag’ Entertains with Stellar Cast

Plenty of creative license is taken and the story is over-the-top at times, but if you’re looking for a simple movie to watch with friends, Tag fits the bill nicely. Read story.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mister Rogers Documentary Is Fluid Blend of Biography and Cultural History

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ incites viewers to reflect on the integrity and vulnerability of childhood. Read story.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Animated Nights at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens

UCSB’s Arts & Lectures presents its summer film series. Read story.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Andrea Riseborough Shines in ‘Nancy’

This impressive first feature film drops us into the murky world of Nancy, who may or may not be a woman kidnapped as a young girl. Read story.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Household Horror of ‘Hereditary’

The film creates an eerie mood but falls short on plot. Read story.

Friday, June 15, 2018

‘Lost in Space’ Is Netflix’s Latest Binge-Worthy Series

The series deftly blends family-friendly elements with bizarre, scary forces. Read story.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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