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Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The third Hobbit may be the best yet, but it could still benefit from some serious editing. Read story.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: Chakaia Booker at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum

The prints and sculptures in this West Coast debut show Chakaia Booker's fluent command in multiple media. Read story.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: Wild

Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir makes it to the big screen and lives up to its source material to boot. Read story.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book Review: What Happens Next? Matters of Life and Death

The essays in Douglas Bauer’s latest collection were written after he flew from Boston back to Iowa to piece together his life after his mother died. Read story.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Review: The Robert Cray Band at the Lobero Theatre

Robert Cray’s quartet earned a standing ovation from this sold-out Lobero audience. Read story.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Review: The Shelf

A sense of gentle, tongue-in-cheek irony permeates Phyllis Rose’s book. Read story.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Horrible Bosses 2

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day reprise their roles as three hapless disgruntled employees—except this time, the script’s not funny. Read story.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holidays in Color

From UCSB to the Funk Zone, there’s every kind of art available in Santa Barbara during the holiday season. Read story.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review: The Best Brothers at the New Vic

Daniel MacIvor’s U.S. premiere offers laughs and more. Read story.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars offered extraordinary vocal music from the 16th century. Read story.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: Antarctica: A Year on Ice

This look at life in Antarctica was 10 years in the making. Read story.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Book Review: Bark: Stories

Author Lorrie Moore’s stories capture the sorrows of middle age. Read story.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this good (not great) Hollywood film about the growing pains of a genius. Read story.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Chrissie Hynde at the Arlington Theatre

The Pretenders frontwoman gave us an evening of feisty feminine power on Friday, December 5. Read story.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Foxcatcher

Steve Carell turns in a career-defining performance as real-life millionaire John du Pont. Read story.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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