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Review: The Wind Rises

Hayao Miyazaki’s final film is no fantasy, but it’s still filled with enchantment. Read story.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Review: Pat Metheny Unity Group at the Lobero Theatre

Pat Metheny presented almost three hours of great music with two versions of his Unity Group. Read story.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: Kinesis at Center Stage Theater

Santa Barbara’s annual contemporary dance showcase keeps evolving. Read story.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Pompeii

Action film director Paul W.S. Anderson finds his voice in this truly classic disaster flick. Read story.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: FMLYBND at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club

We the Beat presented the Isla Vista synth rockers in a sold-out show on Saturday, February 22. Read story.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: 3 Days to Kill

Kevin Costner stars in this multi-personality mess of a film that manages to entertain despite its lack of focus. Read story.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: The Spring Quartet at the Lobero Theatre

Drums and bass combine across generations in this jazz supergroup, which played the Lobero on February 18. Read story.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Review: Gloria

Gloria is a disarmingly engrossing, altogether remarkable piece of cinema, principally thanks to the quiet charismatic force that is actress Paulina García. Read story.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Review: Winter's Tale

Russell Crowe and Jessica Brown Findlay turn in magnificent performances, especially when you consider how corny the underlying message is. Read story.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Review: About Last Night

Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, and Regina Hall star in a film written by Leslye Headland and directed by Steve Pink. Read story.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review: RoboCop

Director José Padilha delivers a confusing and thrill-less RoboCop origin story. Read story.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review: The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls at UCSB

Theater UCSB's take on Meg Miroshnik’s 2011 play is haunting, surreal, and wonderfully creative. Read story.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: The Santa Barbara Symphony at the Granada Theatre

The piano superstar shared her passion for Brahms on Saturday, February 15. Read story.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: Camerata Pacifica at Hahn Hall

From Bach to drum machine, Marimba master Ji Hye Jung knows how to strike. Read story.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: Chris Thile at the Lobero Theatre

Chris Thile’s Bach is no moonshine. Read story.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Dirty Knobs

The Dirty Knobs and The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain ... Read More