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, September 21, 2012 12:12 pm
The following films are opening Friday, Sept. 28, 2012:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez star in “Premium Rush.”
Friday, August 31, 2012 7:36 am
We were in the weeds for most of the summer, and browsing the wide release schedule for the next couple months makes it clear that things are only going to get worse before they get any better. But this too shall pass, and before we know it we’ll all be basking in the sweet, comforting glow of the fall movie season, in the company of Steven Spielberg, P.T. Anderson, Ang Lee and James Bond. But rewards must be earned, and for the time being we’ve just gotta grind it out.
Friday, August 17, 2012 7:49 am
As “The Expendables 2” rolls into theaters across the globe (look for the review next week), the 2012 summer movie comes to a close — and I honestly can’t remember ever being more depressed as a moviegoer.
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, June 22, 2012 7:31 am
It has occurred to me that I discuss my personal goings-on a bit less than my fellow News-Sentinel columnists do, but in the interest of partial disclosure, I must confess that life has gotten significantly more difficult for me in the past few months. I’ve started a new job that requires many long, grueling, thankless hours in an undesirable environment. The possibility of complete physical and mental collapse is now very real.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:00 am
Almeida, Jordynn Pauline, a girl, born March 16, 2012 to Raul and Paulena Almeida, of Galt.
Friday, November 18, 2011 7:51 am
As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m trying to brighten my attitude
about life in general and the fall movie season in particular.
After all, despite my bloviating, perhaps things aren’t so bad. It
may not look like it judging by the current wide-release roster,
but awards season is indeed upon us, and there’s actually quite a
few promising titles to look forward to in the coming weeks —
starting with “The Muppets” (admittedly not an awards contender,
though I’m looking forward to it more than anything else this
season), which opens Thursday. Nothing — I repeat, nothing —
will brighten your holidays like the lovable antics of the Swedish
Friday, November 11, 2011 7:33 am
I thought — I was led to believe — that November was supposed to
be phase one of the annual Oscar blitz, in which studios treat
moviegoers to their finest offerings in the hopes of garnering
enough attention to qualify for the all-important year-end
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, October 28, 2011 7:51 am
Apologies for my absence last week, but I’ve been down with a
pretty debilitating flu (the symptoms of which will probably
continue for some time, as I tend to take terrible care of myself
when I’m sick). But I’m trying not to let it ruin the festivities
of Halloween week, and I managed to drag myself to a screening of
the latest “Paranormal Activity” entry. Despite the glowing reviews
and word of mouth it’s been receiving, I found it to be quite
Friday, October 14, 2011 7:53 am
I must confess a growing discontent with the modern
theater-going experience. In another five to 10 years, when
affordable home entertainment set-ups and online streaming access
have progressed to the point that movie theaters serve primarily as
a social function for drunk teenagers, I don’t think I’ll miss the
experience too much.
Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in “50/50.”
Friday, October 7, 2011 8:12 am
I often write about the importance of remaining optimistic
regarding the state of mainstream Hollywood filmmaking, but
sometimes I find it difficult to follow my own advice. Case in
point: As of press time, “Drive” — the intoxicating, trail-blazing
Hollywood debut of Danish wunderkind Nicolas Winding-Refn that may
very well stand as the best film of 2011 — has plummeted to No. 11
on the box office chart after less than three weeks in general
release, bringing its domestic total to roughly $27 million.
Friday, September 30, 2011 7:54 am
The unrivaled cinematic high provided by “Drive” was fun while
it lasted, but now it’s time to start the long, hard slog toward
awards season. The period between the end of summer and the
beginning of Oscar season proper is typically a bit of a dumping
ground populated by not-quite-ready-for-primetime also-rans, but
there are still some promising titles on the horizon.
Friday, September 23, 2011 8:03 am
I’m generally cynical regarding the state of contemporary
Hollywood filmmaking, but the fact remains that there are a number
of “great” movies released each year. They may seem few and far
between, but carefully crafted, engaging, four-star movies still
don’t qualify as an endangered species in the modern studio
Monday, July 25, 2011 12:00 am
Air Force Reserve Airman Brian A. Moolekamp graduated from basic
military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
Moolekamp completed an intensive, eight-week program that included
training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values,
physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He also
earned four credits toward an Associate in Applied Science degree
through the Community College of the Air Force.
Friday, April 8, 2011 8:10 am
Time just keeps slipping away. It seems like just last week we
were looking ahead to the promising pre-summer releases, and now in
about a month’s time the summer movie season is set to kick into
high-gear with the new “Pirates” movie. I suppose it’s just as well
that these past couple months have passed in a blur, because
frankly there wasn’t too much worth getting excited about. Save for
“Rango,” I never encountered anything truly worthwhile — and last
week’s “Sucker Punch” provided one of the most physically painful
and soul-crushing movie experiences I’m ever likely to have. So
yeah, I’m ready to look ahead to greener pastures. In that spirit,
here are 15 upcoming movies (compared to the usual 10) that I’m
counting on to alleviate the cinematic doldrums for the foreseeable
future. Gotta look on the sunny side.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 12:00 am
Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, who recently was
re-elected to California’s 10th Assembly District, raised
$1,296,575 during the campaign filing period that ended Oct. 27.
Huber’s totals overshadowed her opponent, former Lodi mayor Jack
Sieglock, who raised $130,675 during the same period.
Saturday, October 16, 2010 12:00 am
Since Aug. 2, Alyson Huber (D-El Dorado Hills) has dwarfed her
opponent, Jack Sieglock, in fundraising totals in the campaign for
the 10th District Assembly seat.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Berenger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page star in "Inception."
Saturday, July 24, 2010 12:00 am
I’ve been looking forward to Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”
for so long and with such absurdly heightened expectations that it
seemed almost impossible the film could live up to my hopes. This
seems to be a pattern with Nolan, as incidentally, I could have
said the exact same thing when his “Memento” and “The Dark Knight”
were released. But as with those two previous films, Nolan has
somehow surpassed my unfair expectations and once again delivered a
work that is both technically astounding and wildly
Saturday, July 17, 2010 12:00 am
Looking over a few of my columns from the beginning of the
summer movie season, I began to get quite depressed. Here were the
words of a naïve and hopeful young man, so full of wide-eyed
anticipation for “what was sure to be one hell of a summer,” now
confronted by the harsh realities of one of the most disappointing
periods for movies in recent memory.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 12:00 am
Here is a list of Tokay High School graduates for 2010: