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Fall TV 2016: 10 must-see new shows
Source: Santa Clara Mercury News | Sep 09, 2016 22:44:00
With so many new shows, the fall TV season is nothing short of overwhelming. Among our best bets are 'Westworld,' 'Designated Survivor,' and 'This Is Us...
Hayward Mariachi Festival returns Sept. 16
Source: Santa Clara Mercury News | Sep 08, 2016 17:46:41
Hayward's annual Mariachi Festival will be held Sept. 16 to coincide with Mexico's Independence Day...
Oakland: Roundup of upcoming events
Source: Santa Clara Mercury News | Sep 08, 2016 17:34:00
Open Cockpit at the Oakland Aviation Museum, free movies, talk on Jack London among upcoming Oakland events...
Review: Angst, humor and lizards heighten 'Seascape' at Role Players Ensemble
Source: Santa Clara Mercury News | Sep 07, 2016 22:24:08
Edward Albee's prize-winning 'Seascape' imagines a bickering couple encountering lizard people on the beach; it plays in Danville through Sept. 18...
'The Good Place': Danville native D'Arcy Carden makes her mark in new NBC comedy
Source: Santa Clara Mercury News | Sep 07, 2016 00:17:40
San Ramon Valley High School grad D'Arcy Carden finds herself in a good career place, with new roles on television and the big screen...
Cheryl North: San Francisco Opera opens new season with a gala production of Giordano's 'Andrea Chenier'
Source: Santa Clara Mercury News | Sep 07, 2016 00:03:48
The upcoming opening of San Francisco Opera's new season offers a fine example of how the cultures of the East can combine so fetchingly with those of the West, as can those of the well-trodden classical world with the contemporary...
Local Happenings: San Ramon Valley museum marks two centennials
Source: Santa Clara Mercury News | Sep 06, 2016 23:11:57
Model Trains Exhibit -- At Danville's Museum of the San Ramon Valley, the main layout of the exhibit has two elevations with four running trains and includes scenery, bridges, a trestle, tunnel and a village with a replica of the museum (the former S..
Tri-Valley A&E: 17th O'Neill Festival offers substantial September lineup
Source: Santa Clara Mercury News | Sep 06, 2016 23:06:37
The 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016 and the 17th annual Eugene O'Neill Festival in September are a happy collision that result in a series of events aimed at enlightenment on all fronts...
?Donald Cried? a strange and good movie about going home
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
[...] to make matters more hard to manage, he loses his wallet. Kris Avedisian, who co-wrote and directed the movie, plays Donald, who is a singular mix of alarming and amusing. [...] we never know exactly what to make of him, or to know whether we..
The Oscars' 9 best picture nominees and how we rated them
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
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Matt Damon fights monsters in ?Great Wall? bomb
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
?The Great Wall,? the week?s big release, is a Chinese action/monster movie, somehow starring Matt Damon as an English mercenary. [...] you know the Great Wall of China? [...] you?ve probably stopped reading, and so you?ll never know that, however ..
Oscar-nominated shorts long on quality
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
Here are highlights of this year?s collection in two categories: animated (86 minutes total) and live action (130 minutes total). Besides the five animated films that won nominations for 2017, a selection of last year?s shorts will be shown. [...] ..
Everything is still cool with ?The Lego Batman Movie?
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
?The Lego Batman Movie? is less awesome than its predecessor, but it?s a clever, well-paced, self-aware and completely satisfying kind of less awesome. After endless Batman movies and TV shows (all acknowledged in this film), it?s accepted that Batm..
?Space Between Us? lands somewhere between awful and lovely
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
The tone shifts at will from lofty fantasy to down-and-dirty realism, which might have been promising ? except that the realism seems faker than the fantasy. The camera is sometimes placed so as to catch the actors in the throes of extreme emotion ...
?I Am Not Your Negro? a strong portrait of James Baldwin
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
For anyone who grew up when that great American author was alive and making appearances on talk shows, that is the question that crosses the mind every time something of consequence with regard to race in America takes place: the Rodney King riots, t..
Farhadi?s ?Salesman? finds drama in daily life in Iran
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
The dramatic things that happen are the sorts of dramatic things that happen to real people, not people in the movies. The film, a best foreign film Oscar nominee from Iran, is universal, and yet specific. Basically, husbands and wives act like hus..
Tormented by a turtle in appealingly vintage animation
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
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?Patriots Day? skillfully shoehorns tragedy into formula
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
A horrible thing happens, and a few years later a movie comes along to tell the story of it back to us, so that we come away feeling better ? still sorry that the horrible thing happened, but with a sense of resolve, a spirit of community and some ki..
Will Hollywood be in the mood to party at Golden Globes?
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
On Sunday, Jan. 8, the movie industry will gather for the Golden Globes, which are regularly one of the most freewheeling and frothiest award shows of the year. The election of Donald Trump has loomed over this year?s awards season, where the movie ..
?Silence? is Scorsese at his worst
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
The feudal lords of Japan tortured many Roman Catholics during the 17th century, and yet the numbers of their victims pale when you consider how many people Martin Scorsese will ultimately torture with ?Silence.? [...] Scorsese is one of our great f..
Jack Nicholson month at the Balboa Theatre
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
Or plain toast, as Jack wants in the great ?Five Easy Pieces,? which he has to order in this way: A chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. ... Bob Rafelson?s 1970 rule-breaking classic opens the Balboa Theatre?s..
?An Eye for an Eye? ? death row documentary not persuasive
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
Mysteries often vanish once an explanation of pure, unadulterated, pristine and unsullied stupidity is considered. The movie features interview footage with Stroman and also the words of Stroman as voiced by an actor. In his years on Death Row, Str..
With ?Great Wall,? China sets its sights on global audience
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
LOS ANGELES ? ?The Great Wall,? an epic fantasy film that cost at least $150 million to make, opens with Matt Damon fleeing on horseback through red stone formations in northwest China. The movie, filmed entirely in China, was engineered not just as..
?Zookeeper?s Wife? ? World War II from inside Warsaw Zoo
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
In the opening moments of ?The Zookeeper?s Wife,? director Niki Caro introduces us to a pocket paradise of every glorious form of creation ? animals of every size and description ? overseen by a team of benevolent human beings. Though the war was an..
Old jokes still have charm in pleasantly amusing ?Going in Style?
Source: Santa Clara SF Gate | Jan 01, 1970 00:00:00
Old jokes still have charm in pleasantly amusing ?Going in Style? Director Zach Braff runs in the opposite direction of these stereotypes and all other things hackneyed, crafting an enjoyable time at the movies. The steel company gets bought by for..