Author: Tim Pompey

A WRINKLE IN TIME | Classic novel gets thoroughly scrubbed

A Wrinkle in Time Directed by Ava DuVernay Starring: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril 1 hr., 49 mins. For those of you who might be fans of Madeleine L’Engle’s science fantasy book A Wrinkle in Time, it should be noted up front that director Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of the novel is only loosely connected with either the story or the themes of the original novel. Whereas L’Engle’s work deals directly with the nature of good and evil, DuVernay has crafted a film that is about building a young...

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ST. FRANCIS DAM REMEMBERED | Ventura County events commemorate the St. Francis dam disaster’s 90th anniversary

When the St. Francis Dam crumbled near midnight on March 12, 1928, residents of the Santa Clara Valley from what is now Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County to Santa Paula in Ventura County were unprepared for the destructive wall of water that poured down the Santa Clara River through the towns of Fillmore, Bardsdale, Santa Paula and Rancho Camulos (now a National Historic Site) in Piru. The dam was located in the San Francisquito Canyon about 50 miles east of Fillmore and 10 miles north of what is now Santa Clarita (the city wasn’t incorporated until 1987). When...

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BLACK PANTHER | Superhero film uniquely African

Black Panther Directed by Ryan Coogler Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o Rated PG 13 for prolonged sequences of action violence and a brief rude gesture 2 hrs. 14 mins. There is no shortage of classic African American films with black actors and black directors representing the black experience. From Shaft to Boyz n the Hood to 12 Years a Slave, the tradition of entertaining African American films stretches back decades. But a big-budget Marvel Studios release (with an estimated budget of $200 million) about a black superhero, an African king from a highly advanced civilization called...

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PETER RABBIT | New Peter Rabbit tale energizes Potter stories

Peter Rabbit Directed by: Will Gluck Starring: James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne Rated PG for some rude humor and action 1 hr. 33 mins. I think there’s a love affair in British literature between writers and rabbits. Novels such as Watership Down by Richard Adams, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and most famously The Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter all portray rabbits as charming, smart and essential to life in the countryside. While the kid in me wanted to see the new Peter Rabbit, the adult in me was not disappointed either. Lovingly connected...

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HOSTILES | American Indian Wars haunt the U.S. landscape

Hostiles Directed by Scott Cooper Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi Rated R for strong violence and language 2 hrs. 14 mins. I’m from a generation that grew up on Westerns — the myths, the heroes, the shootouts between whites and the savage Indians who attacked them. Not until I hit adulthood did I begin to realize that behind these films was a much bigger picture, one that involved a struggle over American expansionism and a conflicting way of life. In the 1970s, American filmmakers began to explore this bigger picture, especially with films like Little Big Man...

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