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Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Bros. weave a tale of a young folk singer and scoundrel haplessly traveling through the 1970s Greenwich Village music scene. Read story.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review: The Armstrong Lie

If you're trying to stay mad at Lance Armstong, you should steer clear of director Alex Gibney's latest. Read story.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review: Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas

Tyler Perry returns as actor, writer, and director in this holiday-themed comedy about family, race, and the meaning of Christmas. Read story.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Director Peter Jackson returns to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth and improves upon his first Hobbit film in the process. Read story.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Review: Philomena

Steve Coogan delivers a powerful, straightforward performance alongside the always brilliant Judi Dench. Read story.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review: Out of the Furnace

Director Scott Cooper delivers a drama that doesn’t quite live up to its own hype. Read story.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review: Bettie Page Reveals All

Mark Mori directs this thoughtful documentary about the life and times of pin-up girl Bettie Page. Read story.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Review: Oldboy

Spike Lee directs this reasonably good remake of the famed South Korean film from 2003. Read story.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review: Frozen

Disney finally liberates its heroines in this beautifully imagined and splendidly realized take on the Snow Queen fairytale. Read story.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Review: Nebraska

Alexander Payne directs this peculiar and brilliantly touching tale of an old man in search of meaning. Read story.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Review: Kill Your Darlings

Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg in this uneven biopic about America’s Beat poet generation. Read story.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Director Francis Lawrence delivers a smooth, concentrated, and beautifully timed reinterpretation of Suzanne Collins’s beloved young adult books. Read story.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Diana Tells a Fallen Fairy Tale

Naomi Watts shines as the People’s Princess in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s new drama. Read story.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey delivers a surprising and impressive performance in this story about an HIV-afflicted rodeo rider in 1980s Texas. Read story.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review: The Best Man Holiday

Malcolm D. Lee’s second Best Man film is closer to The Big Chill than any Tyler Perry movie. Read story.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Santa Barbara Fair & Expo

Santa Barbara Fair and Expo celebrates “25 Years of Magic”, ... Read More