Film

Comedy Isn’t Pretty | Joker | Rated R

The Joker is one of those roles where it’s hard to overdo it. A criminally insane, laughing maniac character is built for over-acting. Cesar Romero has the benefit of being the first actor to portray him in the 1966 TV show, and brought him to life as an over-the-top giggling…

A Short Welcome | Villains | Rated R

With Villains, writer/director team Dan Berk and Robert Olsen make a clean 90-minute leap from the realm of low-budget splatter to character-driven indie-comedy, nary touching the ground in the process. Having cut their teeth on a few ambitious short films and 2016’s The Stakelander, the even more obscure sequel to…

Welcome Back, Old Friend | Once Upon A Time In Hollywood | Rated R

Seemingly everyone has a favorite Quentin Tarantino movie, as well as a least favorite. This is to say that he’s an oft-polarizing filmmaker. When he’s good, he’s great— easily one of the most influential, masterful and readily identifiable directors of the post-Golden Age era. And when Q.T.’s not so good?…

Cops and Robbers • Filmmaker Nick Leisure’s Clear Shot at Fame

Sacramento native Nick Leisure’s lastest film, A Clear Shot, tells the tale of one of the scariest days in recent Sacramento history: the April 4, 1991 hostage crisis that took place in a South Sacramento Good Guys! electronics store and resulted in the deaths of three hostages and three gunmen….

Sacramento, Say Hello to Sunny Side Theatre Company

Sacramento theatergoers will be happy to hear there’s a new kid on the block. Sunny Side Theatre Company is set to debut with its first-ever show, fittingly titled City of Trees, which will open on Aug. 2 at the Geery WM J Theater (2130 L St., Sacramento) and run for…

Burning Out The Fuse | Rocketman | Rated R

Plug your ears to Elton John’s unmistakably classic songs, and squint until you can no longer make out Taron Egerton’s uncannily good performance, and you might be forgiven for thinking that it’s a few months ago, and you’re watching Bohemian Rhapsody. This isn’t to say that Rocketman is derivative of…

Brains and Brawn | Captain Marvel | Rated PG-13

OK, OK. I think we should all agree to stop lumping all superhero movies together. Complaining about Marvel movies is like complaining about cold wind in winter. It’s never gonna change [insert global warming joke here], and the way Hollywood has broken means we’re gonna see lots more movies about…