Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Jennifer Lawrence steals the show in this otherwise plodding lead up to the franchise’s finale. Read story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: The Theory of Everything

A smart script, powerful performances, and artful direction round out this heartfelt, original Stephen Hawking biopic. Read story.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Granada Film Series Celebrates Soundtracks

Paul Williams hosts this series, which begins with To Kill a Mockingbird on November 24. Read story.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Diplomacy

Volker Schlöndorff’s film succeeds, thanks to two fine actors engaging that premier WWII plot device: an impossible quandary. Read story.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Whiplash

Even during a year of remarkable movies, Whiplash stands as a monument to cinematic craft. Read story.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SBIFF to Honor Steve Carell

The Office star will appear in Santa Barbara on Friday, February 6 as part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Read story.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Big Hero 6

This is the first spawn of the unholy marriage between Disney and Marvel Comics, and without a doubt, it wears the shared DNA on its cartoon sleeves. Read story.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s latest is a spectacularly mind-bending, affecting space opus with epic ambitions. Read story.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review: Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal proves that he shines his brightest when he’s channeling the unstable and morally depraved. Read story.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

The reason to love this film lies almost completely in its performances. Read story.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

War Vets Find Peace in Farming

Ojai documentarian Dulanie Ellis discusses her Ground Operations film and movement. Read story.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: The Blue Room

This stunning, stylish French thriller falls short in its final moments. Read story.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review: White Bird in a Blizzard

You want Blizzard to spiral out into an Unsolved Mysteries–style suburban whodunnit, but instead we get an hour of confused hardheartedness. Read story.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Awakened World International Film Fest Debuts

This first-ever event is bringing some of Santa Barbara’s stars into the spotlight. Read story.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: Fury

Great war movies ride a razor’s edge, the thin line between exhilaration and horror, and this movie does that well. Read story.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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