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Friday, August 16, 2019

Movie Reviews: Angry Birds Movie 2, Blinded By the Light, Good Boys

Ode to Joy, Honeyland, Mike Wallace is Here, Where'd You Go Bernadette
47 Meters Down: Uncaged [not yet reviewed] Young divers face a man-eating threat in an underwater cave system.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Music Live Extra Aug. 12

James McMurtry, Gone West, The B-52's
THURSDAY 8/15 James

Friday, August 9, 2019

Movie Reviews: The Kitchen, Brian Banks, The Art of Racing in the Rain

Dora and the Lost City of Gold, The Peanut Butter Falcon, ECCO, Them That Follow
The Art of Racing in the Rain **1/2 Life is a lot like racing cars, as you know if you read Garth Stein’s dependably sappy novel on which this movie is based. The adaptation, directed by Simon Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin) from Mark Bomback’s faithfully-translated screenplay, shares all the same folksy, New Age-y life lessons (which range from profound to silly) while relating the story of a Seattle race car driver (Milo Ventimiglia), his wife (Amanda Seyfried), their little girl (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) and the melodramatic ups and downs of their lives—all told from the perspective of their golden retriever, Enzo, who’s voiced by Kevin Costner.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

"The Peanut Butter Falcon" co-directors Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz

The unique challenges of building a feel-good film around a lead actor with a disability
The Peanut Butter Falcon tells the story of a 20-year-old man with Down syndrome named Zak (Zack Gottsagen) who winds up on the road through North Carolina's Outer Banks with troubled ex-fisherman Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) to pursue Zak's dream of becoming a professional wrestler.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Music Live Extra Aug. 5

Love Gang Forever Tour, Summer Salt
TUESDAY 8/6 Love Gang Forever Tour 2019: Cold Hart & Horse Head , Fish Narc, Yawns, Lil Zubin, Fantasy Camp If you need something to take up your entire night on Tuesday, this show will do the trick. With six acts on the lineup, four of whom are part of the Soundcloud-world born GothBoiClique, of which the late rapper Lil Peep was part.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Music Live Extra July 29

Crown the Empire, Jay Warren & Ashley Hess
MONDAY 7/29 Crown the Empire, Atilla, Veil of Maya, Gideon, HAWK, Life Right Now Anyone looking to rage can find a good place to do it Monday evening, at Crown The Empire’s Rage Fest.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Movie Reviews: Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, The Farewell, Sword of Trust

Shadow, The Fighting Preacher
The Farewell *** Writer/director Lulu Wang’s semi-autobiographical story may ultimately be more emotionally satisfying than it is insightful, but she certainly pours freely from the fountain of emotional satisfaction.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Music Live Extra July 22

Still Woozy, Rodrigo y Gabriela
TUESDAY 7/23 Still Woozy Still in his grassroots stage, Sven Gamsky (better known as Still Woozy) is a self-recorded project based out of his home studio setup in Oakland, Calif. Gamsky started sharing his music on Spotify with the 2017 release of his first single, “Vacation,” before gaining traction with the release of his second single “Cooks,” which was featured on Spotify’s hand-picked popular playlists. Still Woozy became well-known after releasing his third viral hit “Goodie Bag” in the same year, launching him into the internet music scene.  Still Woozy combines a playful conversational style of singing with his own acoustic and electronic backtracks.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Music Live Extra July 15

Shawn Mendes, Hayes Carll,
TUESDAY 7/16 Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara With Ariana Grande having left rumbling thrills in the valley after her stop here on her tour, we can now look forward to Shawn Mendes as an aftershock, a solo pop artists whose rise to fame has raced alongside Grande’s own and whose music features the same kind of passionate romantic themes that rock pop music today. Wooing fans with well-known (or oft-played) songs like “If I Can’t Have You” and “There’s No Holding Me Back” exploring the bombastic nature of uncontrollable desire with his Jonas Brothers-esque vocals, Mendes came into 2018 with a self-titled album that took a gentler turn.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Movie Reviews: Crawl, Stuber, Wild Rose, Stockholm

The Fall of the American Empire, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable **1/2 More movies about sporty thrill-seeking girls and women, please: This new documentary about professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is very welcome. Aggressive, competitive and driven, Hamilton has been a powerful role model since bouncing back from the horrific injury she suffered as a serious-amateur teen, when, at 13, she lost her left arm to a tiger shark.

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