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Switchfoot discusses “Native Tongue”

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

April 16, 2019

Switchfoot has been one of the most prominent bands within American Christian circles for the better part of the last two decades. The band, which is composed of lead singer/guitarist Jon Foreman, bassist Tim Foreman, drummer Ch...

“Shazam!” electrifies with adolescent adventure

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Family entertainment has significantly shifted in the last ten years. Between the ever-increasing proliferation of computer-animated kids’ movies and the seemingly unstoppable rise of superhero films, it feels as though more ...

Tim Burton disappoints with “Dumbo” remake

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

For the past decade, Disney has hired many of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers to direct live-action remakes of the company’s animated classics. The studio has adeptly assigned directors to projects that can highlight ...

Jordan Peele avoids sophomore slump with “Us”

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

Creating a satisfying follow-up to a debut as acclaimed as “Get Out” is a nearly impossible task. Jordan Peele’s 2017 breakthrough was his first directorial project ever, and it earned him an Oscar for Best Original Scre...

“thank u, next” is more than the sum of its parts

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019

Ariana Grande has had an unenviable tumultuous couple of years. Her concert in Manchester was the site of a tragic terrorist attack, her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died unexpectedly, and her engagement with comedian Pete Davidson end...

34th Film Festival finishes strong

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival welcomed a wide variety of cinematic artists and entertainers in its second and final week. Numerous Academy Award nominees gathered at the Lobero Theatre on Monday night for the Variety...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival commences 34th season

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019

Three things are certain in Santa Barbara: death, taxes, and the city’s International Film Festival. In spite of tragedies like last year’s mudslides and inconveniences like this year’s weather complications, the festival is ...

“Aquaman” delivers DC its biggest hit yet

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

January 22, 2019

Following the spectacular failure of 2017’s “Justice League,” Warner Brothers and the DC Extended Universe needed a win. In an era when Marvel’s “Avengers” films crack a billion dollars in a matter of weeks, DC’s ow...

The 1975 explore modernity and the Internet on new album

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018

In the intro to the music video for the 1975’s “Give Yourself a Try,” singer and frontman Matty Healy proclaims, “I’m unbelievably sentimental, and the best thing would be to actually be as earnest as I feel.” The...

Remembering the life and legacy of Stan Lee

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

November 20, 2018

Superhero fans around the world were saddened by the death of comic book legend Stan Lee last Monday. Lee was best known for his work with Marvel Comics, where he co-created many of the company’s most iconic characters, includi...

Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” fails to charm

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018

Please Note: Light spoilers for season 1 of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” ahead. A young orphan, raised by his aunt, comes of age with the new development of his magical abilities. He’s part of a trio of friends...

“Bohemian Rhapsody” hits most of the right notes

Wesley Stenzel, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018

Almost all biopics share a unifying problem: it’s incredibly difficult to condense a person’s entire life into a two-hour movie. It’s even more challenging when the subject has lived a life as tumultuous and well-known as...

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