Film

Star Wars: The Force That Keeps on Giving

Like it or not, the Star Wars universe is set to expand substantially. Disney recently released a teaser for the next film in the series, a spin-off entitled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it looks like we could be off to a good start. That doesn’t mean Disney…

Too Big to Fail: Vinyl Season 1

The brain-trust behind HBO’s new series Vinyl is formidable. Martin Scorsese teaming up with Mick Jagger to create a weekly drama for TV’s most consistently compelling network is head-turning enough, but throw Terence Winter and Allen Coulter, both alumni of The Sopranos, into the mix, and you’ve got what seems…

The Who’s Tommy at Harris Center for the Arts • April 15–23, 2016

Although the ‘70s were a wholly decadent time, Pete Townsend and The Who were already indulging in heady compositions long before then. Unlike other records in the group’s storied catalog, their fourth album, the grandiose rock opera Tommy (1969), was an ambitious undertaking for a group who, for the most…

Longing for Mr. Freeze: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Would it be okay with you if the next 789 words in this review were just “blah”? Or how about “wah,” like Charlie Brown’s school teacher? I suppose that wouldn’t be the professional thing to do, but then again, spending one-quarter of a billion dollars to make a movie like…

Can You Dig This Film Screening at Guild Theater

Ron Finley, known as the “Gangster Gardener” from South Los Angeles, has seen firsthand what urban gardening can do to change a blighted neighborhood. “When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer,” he states in a new documentary called Can You Dig This. The…

A breakdown of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture

… And They’re Off! “Welcome to the Academy Awards, or whatever! Glad you could make it! Oh, wait—you’re not white? Sorry, you can’t come in.” And with that sentiment, the Oscars have once again marooned themselves on a desert island in some sort of backwards and perverted form of self-flagellation….

What Does Chelsea Do?

Chelsea Does … Rated TV-MA {4 out of 5 stars} My first introduction to Chelsea Handler was her essay collection unapologetically titled My Horizontal Life. I remember thinking something along the lines of, “A woman is being blatant about her wackiest one-night-stands? Some of them with well-endowed midgets? And she…

Free Screening of He Named Me Malala at Sac State • Jan. 28, 2016

Not even the Taliban could bring down Malala Yousafzai! This incredible young Pakistani female activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was famously shot by Taliban gunmen in October 2012, when she was just 14 years old, after speaking out for many years about equal rights and education for girls all…