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“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...

“The Consul” mixes feelings of passion, love and hopelessness

“The Consul” mixes feelings of passion, love and hopelessness

October 24, 2017

Long Beach Opera’s “The Consul,” directed by Andreas Mitisek played at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts with three shows through two weekends this month. The opera depicts the struggle o...

ICT concludes its 2017 season with “Home”

ICT concludes its 2017 season with “Home”

October 24, 2017

The stage is relatively bare, a number of graying crates surrounding the wooden platform — the bare prop stands in the center, an old rocking chair in which a farmer broods and laments. “Home” debu...

‘The Foreigner’ is the Jackie Chan performance we’ve been waiting for

‘The Foreigner’ is the Jackie Chan performance we’ve been waiting for

October 22, 2017

Bombs, bullets and non-stop action sums up the recent Jackie Chan film “The Foreigner,” which premiered last weekend. This film grossed over $100 million worldwide on its opening weekend, landing third in the box o...

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor sets a creative standard

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor sets a creative standard

October 17, 2017

The same decks and halls that host ocean-side festivities have been transformed into a vessel of terror, as The Queen Mary’s month long annual horror event has once again set its anchor in Long Beach. ...

‘Machinal’ made its debut at the University Theater Friday night

‘Machinal’ made its debut at the University Theater Friday night

October 15, 2017

The drama begins with a whir, the sound of machinery and clacking — always clicking, clacking. The University Theater at Cal State Long Beach opens the stage Friday night with “Machinal.” The 1928 Sophie Treadwell play is set in New York in the ‘20s and ...

Universal Studios “Halloween Horror Nights” returns

Universal Studios “Halloween Horror Nights” returns

October 8, 2017

People being sawed in half, corpses hanging from the ceiling, hidden doorways and escapes. No you’re not in a horror film — you’re at Universal Studios Hollywood “Halloween Horror Nights.” The terrifying Halloween event is back for it...