Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:00 am
Aguilar, Bailee Alice, a girl, born Feb. 15 to Aaron and Jennifer Aguilar of Lodi.
Friday, January 18, 2013 7:25 am
2012 has been widely hailed as an exceptional year for film, but I’m at a loss as to where all these great films are supposed to be. (But then, if we’ve lowered our standards of “greatness” to the point that something like “Silver Linings Playbook” is being proclaimed as a masterwork ... .)
Friday, November 16, 2012 7:28 am
Happy holidays to one and all! It’s getting to be the most wonderful time of the year, and one of the most wonderful things about it is the bevy of movie options that typically grace us during the last couple months of the year.
Friday, August 3, 2012 7:32 am
You may have noted that last week’s review of “The Dark Knight Rises” lacked any mention of the tragedy in Aurora, Colo. This was not meant as a show of disrespect to the victims, but as recognition that regardless of its now-infamous status, Christopher Nolan’s concluding Batman film deserved to be discussed on its own merits, as a movie — not as the alleged trigger that set off a madman’s rampage.
Friday, July 27, 2012 7:59 am
This week’s review of “The Dark Knight Rises” comes a little later than I had initially hoped, but oh well — it’s never too late to spread good news. And I advise you to enjoy the good times while they last, because the rest of the summer looks pretty dicey.
Friday, July 13, 2012 7:49 am
I fancy myself a halfway intelligent person, but I always seem to make the most head-smackingly stupid mistakes. A “for instance” would be the fact that I didn’t realize the News-Sentinel had an early deadline for the Fourth of July holiday, and found myself prepping for a late screening of “Magic Mike” as I discovered that the Lodi Living section was getting ready to go to press. It seems my stupidity knows no bounds.
Friday, May 25, 2012 12:00 am
Here is the list of Lodi High School graduates for 2012:
Friday, May 11, 2012 8:50 am
The summer movie season is now underway, ushered in by the record-smashing debut of the long-awaited “Avengers” movie — surely the first of many, considering the truly remarkable box office receipts this juggernaut has generated in a very short time.
Friday, January 20, 2012 12:00 am
A memorial service for Persis Seiferling Ledbetter, 88, of Lodi,
who died Dec. 19, 2011, will be held at 3 p.m. today at the
Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, with Rev. Harold
Clinehans Jr. and Rev. Anne Smith officiating.
Friday, November 4, 2011 8:11 am
“In Time.” “The Three Musketeers.” “Footloose.” “Johnny English
Reborn.” These are among the films now playing in multiplexes
across the country. I find this roster to be strange and
unsettling, as I have apparently been laboring under the
misapprehension that we were supposed to be smack-dab in the middle
of awards season. Silly me.
Friday, July 22, 2011 8:36 am
The summer movie season, after a horrifyingly dull couple of
months, may come to a decent close after all. The impeccably
written and acted “Horrible Bosses” will be around for a few more
weeks (catch it if you haven’t, or face my ire), and the final
“Harry Potter” recently opened to great audience approval.
Friday, July 8, 2011 9:10 am
Sometimes — not often, but sometimes — I see a movie so
completely worthless that I wish I could dispense with a full
review and simply say something like, “‘Larry Crowne’ should be
avoided on the grounds that it is stupid, and also Julia Roberts is
a hag.’” It’s simple, succinct and tells you everything you need to
Friday, July 1, 2011 8:19 am
As I’m sure you’ve guessed, we won’t be getting a look at
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” this week or any other week, for
that matter, as I’ve gotto put my foot down somewhere. I’m still
suffering some lingering ill effects from “Revenge of the Fallen,”
and I simply can’t risk exposure to any more of Michael Bay’s lame
Friday, June 24, 2011 8:38 am
No review of “The Green Lantern” this week. I read from a
trusted source that the movie is equivalent to a self-serious
episode of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” in which Meatwad’s ability to
transform himself into a hot dog or an igloo enables him to save
the galaxy. That description —combined with the fact that the movie
has been universally panned — made my decision to focus on more
relevant issues this week pretty easy. Check back next time for a
look at “Cars 2” — reportedly the first sub-par Pixar film, but at
least it’s gotta be better than “The Green Lantern.”
Friday, June 17, 2011 11:41 am
Steven Spielberg has been producing films for more than 30 years
now, and it is becoming increasingly unclear what, exactly, the
Spielberg production credit means at this point. In 1982, with
“Poltergeist,” it meant that he essentially ghost-directed the
film, by all credible accounts. Decades and hundreds of millions of
dollars later, the man seems to be slapping his name on anything he
can get his hands on, with little to no concern for the actual
quality of the production. (“Eagle Eye,” anyone? I thought
Friday, June 10, 2011 9:32 am
We’re almost halfway through 2011, and so far this has got to be
the most mediocre year for film in recent memory. Thus far, we have
not seen many outright terrible movies — no more than in any other
year, anyway. But it seems like every week brings yet another film
that toes that uneasy line between the barely passable and the
outright unacceptable — movies like “Fast Five” and “Thor” and
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which are too
intermittently entertaining to be called “bad,” but too lethargic
and by-the-numbers to truly be worth your time and money.
Friday, June 3, 2011 7:00 am
Here is the list of Galt High School graduates for 2011:
Friday, May 13, 2011 8:45 am
Kenneth Branagh’s hotly anticipated “Thor” is the first of the
year’s would-be summer blockbusters, and it ushers in the season
not with the thunderous bang we were all expecting, but a timid
Friday, April 1, 2011 8:24 am
I should have listened. For the past few weeks, everyone who’s
caught a glimpse of Zack Snyder’s much-anticipated would-be magnum
opus “Sucker Punch” has been screaming from the rooftops about how
indescribably horrible it is, but here’s the thing: I didn’t think
it was logistically possible for a filmmaker of Snyder’s caliber to
release a truly bad movie -- let alone one that warranted the
mounting calls for him to be drawn and quartered for his crimes
against cinema. I assumed they were a bunch a fuddy-duds who lacked
the hipness to share in Snyder’s singular vision. So despite all
the wailing and gnashing of teeth, the Snyder fanboy boy whispered
into my ear, “Come and see.” And I saw.
Friday, February 25, 2011 8:35 am
It’s that time of year again — a time for victors to be showered
in glory, for losers to be mocked and ostracized, and for creative
artists to cheapen their craft by taking part in the ridiculous
circus that we call the Academy Awards.
Friday, February 4, 2011 9:47 am
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t had much of an interest in
movies this week, as I’ve been spending most of my down-time
enjoying some imported Venezuelan rum while I watch the world come
apart at the seams on CNN. Violent clashes, Anderson Cooper getting
attacked by a mob, and maniacs on horses and camels ransacking the
streets of Cairo? Far more riveting than any moviegoing experience
I can think of.
Friday, January 28, 2011 4:52 am
Well, I guess it was bound to happen. Although I submitted my
year-end top 10 list several weeks ago, it shall have to be amended
to include one of 2010’s truly brilliant works: “Blue Valentine,” a
powerful deconstruction of a failed marriage that serves as a
showcase for not only Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, its
bright and talented young stars, but also for Derek Cianfrance, a
new director making his feature debut. (It would have come in at
No. 5, for those keeping track).
Friday, January 14, 2011 9:22 am
I’ll continue to do my best catching up with some late 2010
releases while we wait for the new year to really get going. So in
that vein we’ve got a brief look at the awards-season favorite “The
Fighter,” along with my predictions for this year’s Oscar
nominations. Completely meaningless, but kinda fun.
Friday, January 7, 2011 10:41 am
I spent much of 2010 bemoaning the sad state of Hollywood
studio filmmaking. But looking over a roster of the year’s most
worthwhile releases, it struck me that it might not have been such
a bad year after all. If you’re simply looking at the number of
good films released, then 2010 was certainly not one for the books
— but if you focus on the quality of the very best releases, few as
they may have been, things start to look a bit different.
Friday, October 22, 2010 7:56 am
Back with a proper review this week, although we’ll also delve
into all that fun auteurism stuff again. Next week, I’ll take a
look at “Paranormal Activity 2” just in time for Halloween. (It
strikes me as a completely unnecessary cash-in sequel to a film
that was perfect as a stand-alone, but there’s always a slim chance
the filmmakers learned from last decade’s “Blair Witch 2” fiasco,
and ensured that their movie augments an established mythos instead
of, you know, taking a giant dump on it.