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‘Arrival’ Makes a Smooth Landing at Pollock

'Arrival' stresses the coming together of people in spite of differences, the circularity and recurring connections of all things.
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‘La La Land’: A Hollywood Story Turned to Cinematic Gold

Los Angeles is essentially its own living and breathing character, leading the audience to believe that the film is as extravagant as the city itself.
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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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‘Jackie’ Highlights the Horror of Making History

There is no way to escape Jackie’s situation, and we as an audience are stuck with her in this disturbingly surreal hell.
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‘Moana’ is a Vibrant Disney Masterpiece

Moana is strong-willed and cares for her people, willing to take any risk she can when setting out on the open sea.
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‘Beasts’ is Not So Fantastic

'Beasts' is brave enough to detach just enough from its enormously successful predecessor, however, the film relies too much on its pre-established and well-realized setting and lore.
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‘Moonlight’ Glimmers on the Silver Screen

For African Americans and the LGBT community, 'Moonlight' is a personal and poignant representation of a queer African American male, a character not commonly portrayed in film, struggling with the ha...
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‘All the Way’ Captures Election Anxiety

Johnson became president in the worst way he could have imagined — in the wake of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.
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Doctor Strange: A Fun, Magical Ride

“Doctor Strange,” despite some pretty noticeable flaws, is still a bunch of fun to watch, with the quips we’ve come to expect from Marvel.
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The Life Behind “Lifeforms”

According to Westmore, the makeup profession allows the artist to be as intimate with actors and production as the director or cameraman, sometimes more so.
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Director of Sundance Fave Chats with Magic Lantern

During a Q&A session, he mentioned that the film contained many musical inside jokes much like that one, including a ballad rendition of “Cotton Eye Joe” performed by the directors’ friends, Man...
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Coming Soon to a Campus Near You

UCSB Arts & Lectures have a track record, and their lineup for the Fall 2016 season has a gem for every ear and eye.
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Suicide Squad: A Small Dose of Fun To Relieve the Blah

"Suicide Squad" is the third film of the thoroughly meh (at best) DC Extended Universe, focusing on the titular misfit anti-heroes, but at least the soundtrack's pretty sweet.
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Not Beyond Expectations, but Still a Good ol’ Trek

A better title would have been "Star Trek: Evolution." That said, perhaps it is warranted since the film seems to really be all about going beyond one's nature.
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Bustin’ Doesn’t Feel as Good as it Used To

The original movie realized the goofiness of its premise and ran with it, but the reboot tied its shoelaces together, leaving it to fall face-first to the pavement.
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