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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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Civil War Brings Wehrung Peace

There are more heroes, more motivations and more stories to tell than ever before, yet the movie never feels overstuffed or forced.
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Jaws Script-to-Screen Takes a Bite out of Pollock

Gottlieb sat down for a Q&A session with Matthew Ryan, the director of Pollock Theater. Ryan asked Gottlieb several questions about the filming and recruitment process. Gottlieb gave some insight on h...
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The Bare Necessities are All Here

If anything can be said about this film (the latest in Disney's pantheon of live-action remakes of their own animated classics), it's that it's probably the first live-action animated film. Besides M...
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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Blah

Alex Wehrung answers whether or not this polarizing flicks bleeds. It will.
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MCC Screens ‘Very Young Girls’

The only thing worse than knowing sex trafficking exists in this country is knowing the average starting age of girl prostitutes in NY (2007) was 13. In some cases prostitution is voluntary — they...
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Banff Film Fest Hits Santa Barbara

The word “gnarly,” commonly heard throughout the vernacular of outdoor sport culture, is defined by Urban Dictionary as, “when you’ve gone beyond radical, beyond extreme, it’s balls out dang...
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Artsweek Reviews Deadpool

“Everyone, please turn around and welcome Ryan Reynolds!” A resounding crack echoes inside I.V. Theater as hundreds of necks twist around at once. “Just kidding,” the 20th Cent...
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