Film

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…

It’s a Woman’s World | The Favourite | Rated R

Period pieces are an acquired taste. You’re either on board with the royal intrigue and fluffed-up bosoms and bustles, or bored stiff as a powdered wig. The Favourite, while containing much of the delightful trademarks of the genre (Costume design! Haughtiness! Side eye!), has got moves you’ve never seen. Directed…

Rough Draft | Norm Macdonald Has A Show | Netflix

After comedian Norm Macdonald made comments dismissive of the #MeToo movement, resulting in a canceled appearance on The Tonight Show and a botched apology on Howard Stern that insulted people with Down’s Syndrome, it appeared that Norm Macdonald Has a Show was an optimistic title. But a surreal Sept. 13…

Hungry for Vengeance | Insatiable Season 1 | Netflix

It wasn’t until after I finished watching the Netflix original, Insatiable—all 12 episodes—before I realized that it was the show that pissed off the internet. In fact, NPR reviewed this show and called it “Lazy and dull, but at least it’s insulting,” which appears to be the sentiment heard ‘round…

HUMP Film Fest Returns to Sacramento • Sept. 15, 2018

The HUMP Film Fest has been making audiences squirm in their seats for 13 years. Renowned columnist Dan Savage (known for his “Savage Love” column) will bring this adult film showcase back to Sacramento at the Crest Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 15 (1017 K St.) with 21 new films in…