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‘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

‘Babylon Berlin’ Is a Seductive, Gritty, Film-Noir-Basted Wonder

Netflix’s original series explores Germany’s fragile but culturally fertile Weimar Republic in 1929. Read story.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘Beyond the Opposite Sex’: ‘Transition’ Not Catchall Definition for Everyone with Gender Dysphoria

Documentary reinforces the idea that people who transition are defined by their character, not their gender affirmation. Read story.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

‘You Were Never Really Here’ Is a Dark, Haunting Trip

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, writer/director Lynne Ramsay’s experimental thriller goes against the grain of the vigilante genre. Read story.

Monday, April 30, 2018

‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ Gets a Bit Too Undone at Times

It’s a stew of a film that lures viewers into its tasty trap without fully satisfying. Read story.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

‘A Quiet Place’ Ushers In Return of Creativity and Suspense in Horror

Director John Krasinski has reinvigorated modern thriller storytelling with a script, setting, and production that are original and fantastically constructed. Read story.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Is Easy and Uncluttered

Writer/director is at his meticulously whimsical best with the stop-motion feature. Read story.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Is an Engrossing, Memorable Adventure

Although the plot development is a little rushed at times, the story is suspenseful, engaging, and visually stunning. Read story.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dark Comedy ‘Barry’ Dazzles in Series Opener

Bill Hader stars as a reluctant hitman in his fab new show on HBO. Read story.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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