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The Martian is Out of This….Ugh, Please Don’t Make Me Say That.

I will not deny it; writing that headline was somewhat painful. But it’s true: “The Martian,” the adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel, is pretty damn good as a matter of fortunate fact. And, even ...
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Fear for the Future of this Spinoff

  About two and a half years ago, I couldn’t sleep one night, so at three in the morning, I went on Netflix and popped on the first episode of “The Walking Dead.” The first 20 minutes absol...
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‘Sharknado 3?’ Oh Hell Yes!

The way I saw it, I had one of two options: see “Pixels,” a movie that I knew I was going to hate and give more of my money to the hellspawn that is Adam Sandler in the process, or see “Sharknad...
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Ian McKellen Redefines Our Dear “Mr. Holmes”

We’ve seen a lot of different versions of Sherlock Holmes over the years, from the stereotypical deerstalker-wearing version popularized and made iconic by the likes of Basil Rathbone to the much-ad...
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He’s Back. What a Surprise.

If anything, this movie proves that if you set your expectations low enough, anything will satisfy you. Was “Terminator Genisys” necessary? No. Was it fun?  A bit.  Does it prey on your nostalgi...
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A Satisfactory Catharsis: ‘Inside Out’ is a Good Time

Imagination can be a wonderful thing, depending on how it’s applied. If you muck it up, you end up with something that seems cool, but in reality, you realize that someone fell asleep behind the con...
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Jurassic World: Life Will Always Find a Way to Bite You in the Ass

Whether or not the Jurassic Park die-hards hate this movie and the average blockbuster junkie loves it, I think we can all agree on one thing: It could have been a lot worse. For one thing, you’d th...
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Reel Loud 2015 Suffers from Poor Planning

Any student-coordinated event that exists outside the realm of the two hour SRB multipurpose room shindig is something that deserves applause. When a group of college kids get together and learn the b...
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Ecological Storytelling Screens Miyazaki Classic: “Nausicaä of Valley of the Wind”

Graduate student Jeremy Chow from UCSB’s English department hosted the screening of the animated film “Nausicaä of Valley of the Wind” on Friday in South Hall room 2635. This spectacular film, ...
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Cambodian Rock n’ Roll

"Don't Think I've Forgotten" tells the story of rockers fighting to be heard amidst revolution
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“Merchants of Doubt”: A Discussion on Effective Science Communication

Last Wednesday, the Sustainable Science Communication Conference kicked off its event with a screening of “Merchants of Doubt” in UCSB’s Pollock Theater. Featuring approaches from several academ...
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What is Water: A Review and Discussion of “Chinatown” (1974)

On Wednesday, May 6, the Carsey-Wolf Center kicked off its new series, Inside Perspectives: Neo-Noir and the Contemporary City, with a 1974 favorite,  “Chinatown.” Directed by Roman Polanski and ...
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‘Mad Max’: Burning Man meets the Blues Brothers in Fury Road

Seriously. Holy motherfreakin’ crap. The thing about car chases is that they’re a common staple of action movies and it’s very difficult to make them seem fresh and new. George Miller’s fourth...
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“Age of Ultron” Gives Us What We Expected And Not Much Else

Like the Hulk, I feel I have two sides: one that wants to say how fun “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was and recommend that everyone see it. The other half thinks, “CRITIC SMASH!”  As much as I’...
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Selling DOPE: Straight Out of Sundance, Modern-Day Teen Odyssey Makes Its Way to UCSB

A critical hit and audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, “DOPE” was seen by some lucky UCSB students who were given a free advanced screening of the film last Thursday. Courtesy of A.S....
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