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SBIFF Director’s Panel

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival held the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award at the Arlington Theater on Feb. 11. The guests included all five directing Academy Award nominees: Lenny...
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SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award: Rooney Mara Interview

Clad in black leather and velvet open-toed pumps, the actress planted her feet on the cement of the Arlington Theater promptly at 7:30 p.m. on the bustling Friday night in downtown Santa Barbara. Acad...
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The Edge of Glory: Ronan and Larson awarded at SBIFF

Saoirse Ronan and Brie Larson were given the prestigious Outstanding Performer of the Year award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Monday, Feb. 9. Ronan arrived at the Arlington Thea...
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SBIFF Awards Johnny Depp with Modern Master Award

The rumours allegedly began earlier in the day but, by 8:20 p.m. on Thursday evening, people were beginning to worry that Johnny Depp might not show up to collect his Maltin Modern Master award from t...
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SBIFF 2016 Premiere: The Little Prince + Interview with stars Jeff Bridges and Mackenzie Foy and director Mark Osborne

The 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival finally arrived on Friday, Feb. 6. This year’s premiere opened with Paramount Pictures’ adaption of the classic French children’s novel, The Li...
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Boston under the Spotlight

Taking place in late 2001, “Spotlight” follows the true story of the titular Spotlight special investigations team of The Boston Globe. These four reporters begin an investigation into the sexual ...
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“Spotlight” Shines Light on Church Abuse and Media Decline

“Spotlight” is a story of an exposé of child sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests. Simultaneously, the film is also about the peril of investigative journalism, the media’s heartbeat th...
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SBIFF Producers Panel and Writers Panel

Producers Panel Coverage Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) always manages to draw an engaging assortment of industry professionals to speak on the ins and outs of their trade, which is...
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“Finest Hours” Interview with Casey Affleck and Ben Pine

“The Finest Hours” premiered in theaters on Friday, Jan. 29. The film tells the story of the rescue of the S.S. Pendleton, one of the most daring rescue missions in the history of the Coast Guard....
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Leo, Oscars and Bears – Oh My!

Poor Leonardo DiCaprio. Five times he has seen golden statues march past him, and five times he has had to watch them fall into the hands of another. So now, in an attempt to finally ensnare an Oscar,...
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‘Room’ Leaves Viewers Heartbroken

Like many of the other astounding independent films that debuted in 2015, “Room” failed to gain attention prior to its release. Despite the setback, the movie has managed to gather the attention o...
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Finding Home with Brooklyn

Where is home? “Brooklyn” chronicles a young woman’s journey that is both literal and introspective. After stepping out of Ellis Island’s customs checkpoint into a heavenly lig...
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“The Force Awakens” Brings Back What We Love

“I’ve never seen so many nerds in one place.” I said that to my father as the theater continued to fill up with kids and adults, most wearing Star Wars T-shirts. It was the first tim...
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Hateful 8: Didn’t Hate, Wasn’t Great

Quentin Tarantino has always had trouble dialing it down for anyone, and this has usually been to cinematically fresh effect. His films always revel in excess, often taking the form of the candy-coate...
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The Money’s on the Humor

I’d be lying if I said I understood half of what the hell people were talking about in this film. Not since “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” have I been so befuddled. Listening to its fin...
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