The Dark Tower Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor Rated: PG-13 for thematic material, including sequences of gun violence and action 1 hr., 35 mins. How do you manage to make a single movie called The Dark Tower based on the eight-book series by Stephen King? You don’t. You make your own movie with bits and pieces of King mixed in. In other words, don’t view this as a King series. Take it on its own and see where it goes. It starts with Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), an 11-year-old boy who suffers troubling...Read More
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Atomic Blonde Directed by: David Leitch Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Eddie Marsan, John Goodman Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language throughout and some sexuality/nudity 1 hr., 55 mins. I’m not sure why Hollywood and its filmmaker elite are so taken with graphic novels. Sure, there’s the action component, but most graphic novels depend on both a unique visual style and some imaginative and quirky writing. In the film world, that’s a hard transfer. Good acting, good writing, good camera work, good stunts. It’s a lot to ask. If anyone could do it, however, it would be...Read More
From Columbus, Ohio, to Santa Barbara, the jazz group Charged Particles has traveled thousands of miles to play at jazz gigs around the country. New York. Washington, D.C. Boston. Cleveland. Phoenix. Minneapolis. But on Friday, Aug. 4, it’s playing at a more intimate setting — Ventura’s Copa Cubana Restaurant. Not that the group is unfamiliar with Ventura. The city, with its burgeoning reputation for music and jazz, is a regular destination for jazz bands, including Charged Particles itself, which recently appeared at Squashed Grapes. What’s different here is that the Cuban-themed restaurant located at the Ventura Harbor fits perfectly...Read More
War for the Planet of the Apes Directed by: Matt Reeves Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller Rated PG-13 2 hours, 20 mins. In War for the Planet of the Apes, writer and director Matt Reeves has done an about-face in his story line. Instead of simply leading an ape army as he previously did in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar pursues a more solitary mission of revenge upon the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) for the death of his wife, Cornelia (Judy Greer), and his older son, Blue Eyes (Max Lloyd-Jones). It’s a 180...Read More
Baby Driver Directed by: Edgar Wright Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm Rated R 1 hr. 53 mins. Baby Driver depends on one of the oldest premises in filmmaking: Bad guy wants to be a good guy. In this case it’s Baby (Ansel Elgort) who has been forced to be the getaway driver for bank robber extraordinaire Doc (Kevin Spacey). When you’re recreating a classic theme, you had better be clever and the bad guy/good guy had better be sympathetic. In both cases, British director and screenwriter Edgar Wright succeeds. The creator of what’s...Read More
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