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A Graduate’s Guide to Santa Barbara Movie Theatres

Now that I’ve spent four years squawking my incoherent opinions about movies that you probably never bothered to read, I might as well leave some kind of lasting influence. So, here you are. A guide...
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‘Solo’ Stalls Mid-Hyperspace

Despite its star-heavy cast, the highly anticipated science fiction film failed to deliver anything different.
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Artsweek Reviews Avengers: Infinity War

“Infinity War” is a movie that shouldn’t have worked, but it did, and it’s fun.
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Spielberg Dares to be Stupid

It's morbidly amusing to consider that Steven Spielberg directed an adaptation of Twilight for boys.
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A Spring Slate of Films

Ah, spring. Here's a few films to look out for in the upcoming season.
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Live-Action ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ Sacrifices Its Wonder

Fullmetal Alchemist has wonderful characterization, amazing world-building, fun humor and an all-around joyous sense of adventure.
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‘Black Panther’ Leaps Its Way to the Top

Ryan Coogler's  "Black Panther" is a film rooted in real-life issues that tells one of Marvel's more grounded stories while being set in an unabashedly sci-fi setting.
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‘Marshall’ Tackles Racism with Simplicity and Warmth

Genre-wise, the movie is a simple courtroom drama, reminiscent of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Marshall and Friedman consider all the evidence (or lack thereof) in order to try and prove that their client...
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Creates a New Future from the Same Story

Los Angeles has become a single slab of eternally rain-soaked skyscrapers, the only traces of color coming from gigantic, intelligent holographic advertisements.
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Netflix’s Newest Fantasy Series ‘Castlevania’ Has Bite, But Only a Nibble

Netflix's "Castlevania" series has the distinction of being the very first video game adaptation to be just okay.
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Beloved Cartoon ‘Samurai Jack’ Comes and Goes

The show made its long-awaited return in March. But the show’s return is also indicative of a current trend in the television landscape: the appeal to nostalgia.
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The Ghost in the Hollow Shell of a Movie

“Ghost in the Shell” also tries to distract you from the shortcomings of its plot by shoving enough holograms in your face to make you see binary code.
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Five Directors Honored at SBIFF

The Outstanding Directors Award ceremony was held on Feb. 7, with the Arlington Theatre playing host to such acclaimed filmmakers as Damien Chazelle, Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and ...
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A Moonlit Evening with the Stars of ‘La La Land’

The two stars of “La La Land” had come to receive their Outstanding Performers of the Year Awards alongside their director, Damien Chazelle.
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A Rogue New Step into a Larger World

The timing of Carrie Fisher's death has caused Leia's appearance at the film's end to transform from something that, upon first viewing, just served as a nostalgia-tickling moment but turned into some...
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