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“The Punisher” review: A Frank Castle portrayal fans can be proud of

“The Punisher” review: A Frank Castle portrayal fans can be proud of

November 28, 2017

Jon Bernthal plays Frank Castle in the Netflix Original “The Punisher” and he is every bit as riveting as he is violent. Unlike previous failed attempts to bring a live-action Castle to the screen, ...

“Star Wars: Battlefront II” is a step toward something great

“Star Wars: Battlefront II” is a step toward something great

November 25, 2017

“Star Wars: Battlefront II” is a frustrating game because with every step it took forward, it took two steps back. It confronted all the issues of its predecessor with an array of new blasters, a wide cast o...

“Lady Bird” is one of 2017’s best movies

“Lady Bird” is one of 2017’s best movies

November 23, 2017

“Lady Bird” is a movie which, at least superficially, is incredibly familiar. The story revolves around a girl in her final year of high school as she tries to figure out what really matters to her a...

Compelling, yet shallow: CalRep introduces “Polaroid Stories” at the University Theater

Compelling, yet shallow: CalRep introduces “Polaroid Stories” at the University Theater

November 19, 2017

It only took a few minutes for the audience to feel uncomfortable in California Repertory’s performance of Naomi Iizuka’s “Polaroid Stories” which premiered at the University Theater on Nov. 17. But no...

“Justice League” is fine and that’s good enough, for now

“Justice League” is fine and that’s good enough, for now

November 19, 2017

“Justice League” feels like the kind of paper that’s good enough to earn, at best, a solid B. It’s structured coherently, free of technical errors and flirts with reaching for something me...

“WOKE!: A Revolutionary Cabaret” tells audiences to make a change

“WOKE!: A Revolutionary Cabaret” tells audiences to make a change

November 8, 2017

The revolution begins. Dark at first, then followed by the sound of a piano. A soliloquy is delivered and a quiet voice jokes, “Every now and then a country goes wrong.” This is the prologue to “...

“Thor: Ragnarok” is one of Marvel’s best movies yet

“Thor: Ragnarok” is one of Marvel’s best movies yet

November 6, 2017

In what first appears to be a fourth wall-breaking monologue, “Thor: Ragnarok” begins with the Asgardian god (played by Chris Hemsworth) caged and dangling from heights unknown in a hellscape dungeon....

“Stranger Things 2” is fun but drops in quality

“Stranger Things 2” is fun but drops in quality

October 29, 2017

There’s a moment in episode four of “Stranger Things 2” that encapsulates the most disappointing thing about the show’s second season. Billy Hargrove, a new town resident and completely useless character, comm...