Film

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…

Whispers and Stares | If Beale Street Could Talk | Rated R

In Barry Jenkins’ previous outing, Moonlight, we were so immersed in the history of lead character Chiron that we felt caught in his life’s grip as it unfolded over three different time periods. The shock in seeing how much had changed with the character in the offscreen interludes spoke volumes…

Bright Lights on a Greasy Scalp | Vice | Rated R

Dick Cheney is 5-foot-8. The end. Now here’s another 700 words. As much as many of us would like to turn the other way, gag and dash our brains out on the nearest rock at the mere mention of Dick Cheney’s name, he was and is a very real person…