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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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Artsweek Summer Movie Preview

Resident snarky/sassy/savvy film critic Alex Wehrung offers up his summer recommendations to moviegoers.
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KCSB Pays Bowie Tribute

On Thursday night, KCSB presented “Starman Under the Stars,” a tribute to Bowie’s legacy and the wide range of his talents.
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Film & Media Dept Hosts Inaugural Women In Media Conference

The WIM conference emphasized the growing roles of women in entertainment and media industries and offered attendees tips and insights for pursuing careers in technology, film, television and media.
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Debugging the Gender Gap with Code

Growing up, women are often told that they won’t like math, science or coding — or perhaps they are told that they aren't good enough. When people are told something enough they start to believe i...
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