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Review: As Above, So Below

The shaky-cam tactic doesn’t destroy this creepy underground adventure, but it doesn’t help it, either. Read story.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Jack Johnson at the Santa Barbara Bowl

S.B.’s favorite singer/songwriter brought two days of laid-back, cool tunes to his sometime-home town. Read story.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: The Last of Robin Hood

Kevin Kline shines as the notorious Hollywood lothario in his final days. Read story.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: The San Patricios at Solvang Festival Theater

Napoleon of the West and Napoleon of the Stump play wag-the-dog with the Mexican War, but the peoples’ voices prevail in this PCPA world premiere. Read story.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: The Tempest at East Beach

This open-air production of The Tempest brought exciting theater to Santa Barbara’s active waterfront. Read story.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: Frank

Frank is the bittersweet monument that contemporary rock deserves. Read story.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: If I Stay

Chloë Grace Moretz gives a strong performance as a teen caught in between life and death. Read story.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: FYF 2014

This year's festival brought big crowds and even bigger logistical woes to L.A.'s Exposition Park. Read story.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

This is a gorgeous, decadent film, especially seen in 3D, but the story is too simplistic to get lost in. Read story.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: Le Chef

Daniel Cohen cowrites and directs this French live-action take on the Ratatouille tale. Read story.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: Beauty and Science: the orchid evolves

This elegant exhibition, sure to delight orchid lovers, doubles as a blueprint of the Museum of Natural History’s wide-ranging mission. Read story.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: Calvary

Writer/director John Michael McDonagh gives us a tense mystery that asks a lot of tough questions about sin, redemption, and forgiveness. Read story.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Rebelution and Iration at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Two of Isla Vista’s hottest reggae expats returned to headline the Bowl on Friday, August 15. Read story.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: Oklahoma! at Solvang Festival Theater

PCPA’s production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is firing on all cylinders. Read story.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: The Giver

The long-awaited film based on Lois Lowry’s novel struggles through its big-screen reinvention. Read story.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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