Opening for LL Cool J this Sunday!

Opening for LL Cool J this Sunday!

Thursday, September 3rd [read the whole post]

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Go take a hike: Redford, Nolte lead us on pleasant enough Walk

Bill (Robert Redford, left) and Stephen (Nick Nolte) wonder what they’ve gotten themselves into.

A Walk in the Woods, based on Bill Bryson’s popular 1998 memoir of attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail, is inevitably going to be compared to Wild, last year’s film of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, on the opposite side of the country. Aside from similar plots, though, the two films have little in common; Wild is the better picture by far, but A Walk in the Woods holds its own as a sort of lightweight, droll counterpart. What Wild did for solo women hikers on the PCT, A Walk in the Woods might do for the grandfather set on the AT.

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Coming this Tuesday to Modesto.

Coming this Tuesday to Modesto.

Here’s what’s coming up this week: the formerly rebellious, the reformed, and chocolatiers. [read the whole post]

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Clarkson and Kingsley reason to see slight but likable picture

Darwan (Ben Kingsley) and Wendy (Patricia Clarkson) get to know each other during a break from her driving lesson.

Spanish director Isabel Coixet (Paris, je t’aime; My Life Without Me) must have enjoyed working with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley in her well-received 2008 film Elegy, since she’s collaborating with them again here in Learning to Drive. While this vehicle (no pun intended) is more lightweight than Coixet’s earlier picture, its characters are equally compelling, and it makes for a pleasant enough end-of-summer movie outing.

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Film Review: Grandma

by Carrie Kahn on August 28, 2015

Tomlin’s feminist Grandma takes to the road in sharp black comedy

Sage (Julia Garner, left), and her grandmother Elle (Lily Tomlin) are unhappy participants in an impromptu road trip.

At 75, Lily Tomlin has had such a long, varied acting career that few may not realize she hasn’t actually had a leading role in a film since the 1988 comedy Big Business. Thanks to writer/director Paul Weitz, though, who directed Tomlin as Tina Fey’s mother in 2013’s Admission, Tomlin returns to brilliantly helm a picture in Weitz’s smart and engaging Grandma, which opens widely today after rightfully garnering much praise at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

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Just a bunch of hippies in Golden Gate Park

Just a bunch of hippies in Golden Gate Park

Every year Outside Lands gets bigger and better. This year was a great year for a lot of reasons – it was an excellent, diverse and well-paced line up. They also switched up the set-up of the grounds this year, opening up walkways, adding more bathrooms and in general, making a much more comfortable festival experience. The weather was amazing, as well. None of the usual ice cold and overcast OSL, this year was all about having fun in the sun. I also got to see a slew of excellent sets of music & comedy!

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Film Review: Fantastic Four

August 7, 2015
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rRoD28-WgU

Fantastic Four is short and to the point, but pointless. If you were clamoring for a reboot of the Fantastic Four movie franchise ever since 2007’s Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, you can probably assume that you’re in a small minority. I can safely say that not many people were interested in a new Fantastic […]

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Outside Lands 2015: Eight Quick Questions with Jen Kirkman

August 6, 2015
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GnAmUSvpAQ”>here

Jen Kirkman is one of the funniest people out there right now. She’s also incredibly hard working… Her first book, I Can Barely Take Care Of Myself is a work of epic genius, and she seems to be the MVP of Comedy Central’s @midnight. She just premiered a special on Netflix called I’m Going To […]

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Pitchfork Music Festival, 2015: Friday Photo Journal

August 2, 2015

The 10th annual Pitchfork Music Festival took place in Union Park, Chicago, the past weekend of July 17th – 19th. Three separate stages hosted over 40 bands during the three day period and a minor rainstorm did little to dampen the mood. Much like Treasure Island, the two main stages didn’t overlap with performances. However, […]

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Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

July 31, 2015
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOW_azQbOjw

Rogue Nation keeps the pedal to the metal to deliver exhilarating action, while losing some of its franchise identity. ‘Ready or not, here I come.’ No, I’m not just quoting the classic song by The Fugees remixed for the M:I5 trailer. I’m saying this because its how the near 20 year old franchise is approaching audiences today, July 31st 2015. With so […]

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