Film & TV

SBIFF 2024: Two UCSB student documentaries featured at festival

“The Salt on our Skin” and “841” were created by UCSB students through the Coastal Media Project nine-week summer program. 
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SBIFF “The Fight for Black Lives” Premiere: Filmmaking as Activism

The Fight for Black Lives,” which premiered at SBIFF, centers on the health disparities faced by Black Americans, underscoring the experiences of Black mothers and newborns.
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SBIFF 2024: “Ezra” in review

“Ezra” doesn't aspire to be a masterpiece, but it will warm your heart, make you smile and, when the credits roll, it will invite you to reflect.
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SBIFF 2024: “Io Capitano” is profound and raw

From the mind of director Matteo Garron, yet another transcendental, thought-provoking film reexamining and reconstructing the traditional migrant story from an authentically stark lens was created.
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SBIFF 2024: “Dance First” falls flat on US premiere

“Dance First” seems to be more of a theoretical conversation about the mistakes he has made and the ones he chose to take responsibility for, whether or not he directly caused them.
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SBIFF 2024: “Achilles” takes on the plight of of Iranian artists

The film premiered at the 39th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and exemplifies the cinematic innovation and rebellion coming out of Iran.
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“The Boy and the Heron”: Miyazaki’s latest masterpiece takes flight

Miyazaki breathes to life a Wonderland-esque world brimming with outlandish surrealism and their underlying complexities, all for the sake of posing one singular question: “How do you live?”
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“Mean Girls” (2024) falls flat

Despite the high expectations prior to its release, there is much left to be desired from what was supposed to be one of the most recognizable movie musical adaptations.
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Editor favorites: Top 10 films of 2023

Co-Artsweek Editor Lauren Chiou’s favorite watches of 2023, just in time for awards season.
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Are you “…Ready for It?” Swift bigger than life in “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour”

Global sensation Taylor Swift continues to shatter not just concert ticket sales but now box office sales with the release of her concert film “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” in theaters worldwide s...
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The Hunger Games 5: Does the songbird or the snake land on top? 

Suzanne Collins’ fourth book in the Hunger Games franchise, titled “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes,” finally made it to theaters Friday, Nov. 17.
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“All the Light We Cannot See” in review: A swing and a miss

The television adaptation of Anthony Doerr's 2014 novel falls flat in comparison to its original source material.
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“Five Nights at Freddy’s?” More like two hours of mediocrity

After eight years in the making, the “Five Nights at Freddy’s” film finally made it to the silver screen on Oct. 27.
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In review: “Bottoms” marks a new age of comedy

“Bottoms” signifies a shift in the types of movies being made, proving that when women are in the driver's seat, good things can happen.
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Movies and shows to watch for Hispanic Heritage Month

While National Hispanic Heritage Month is almost over, representation is worth celebrating year-round. Here are 10 movies and shows that you should watch to honor Hispanic heritage and culture!
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