Coming Soon to a Park Near You

There’s nothing quite like watching a movie in the sanctified setting of a darkened theater. Then again, there’s also nothing quite like enjoying an outdoor screening of a movie in a park. This summer, the County of Orange and OC Parks are continuing to treat families to free screenings through their third annual Sunset Cinema film series. Starting June 14, the series began at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea …

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Barclay Theatre’s 2019-20 Season Is Focused on Creating Community

Irvine Barclay Theatre is about to expand its horizons with more events than the venue has ever seen before. This consists of music, cabaret, dance, speakers, jazz and so much more. Beginning on July 12, the season will have the National Theatre Live screening of All About Eve starring actresses Gillian Anderson and Lily James. This will be followed by more events, including an evening of Broadway hits with Linda …

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Summer Theater Preview: High School Musical and Phantom of the Opera

It’s going to be a nostalgic summer in musical theater as audience favorites come to Irvine and Costa Mesa. Some of these shows include Phantom of the Opera (Segerstrom Center for the Arts) and High School Musical (Musical Theater Village), based on the iconic film starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.  Fans of High School Musical will have the experience to watch their favorite numbers such as “What I’ve Been …

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Striking a Pose at Cheat Day Land

Cheating suggests activity that is engaged in for instant gratification despite its immorality. In the case of diets, this usually happens when a person on a journey toward better health decides they’ve had enough salads, grilled chicken breasts or cups of wheatgrass, and would just like to remember the taste of pizza, a jelly donut or a chocolate shake that doesn’t come from Slimfast. Dietary cheating is one of the …

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Black Mirror Season 5 Is a Return to Form ⁠— Depending on the Episode

The sci-fi thriller series Black Mirror has returned to Netflix for a fifth season. Following mixed reviews for the series’ choose-your-own-adventure interactive movie Bandersnatch last year, many were left wondering if the show would bounce back to its original glory and critical acclaim. So, has this new season delivered the thrills and horrors of tech as successfully as its previous four seasons? Maybe, maybe not. Due to the show’s anthological …

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Historical Roasts: From Nerdmelt to Netflix Hit

If you haven’t caught it yet, Netflix’s new show Historical Roasts with Jeff Ross is one of the funniest shows in its recent line-up. It takes the classic structure of a Dean Martin/Comedy Central roast, but places its crosshairs on long-dead historical figures played by some of your favorite comedians and actors. We recently sat down with Ryan Pigg and Eddie Furth, the creators behind the original idea and live …

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix an Unsatisfactory Final Chapter

A disappointing ending to an already dying franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix proves to be yet another misguided installment to Fox’s X-Men series, closing out the original generation of Marvel films that saved the comic book company from bankruptcy nearly two decades ago. To be fair, after several failed attempts to revive the series’ relevancy over the past several years, excluding spin-offs from the franchise’s main storyline such as the critically-acclaimed …

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Rocketman Has the Glitter, But Lacks the Gold

The astronomical success of Bohemian Rhapsody means more rock & roll biopics tumbling down the pipeline, an exciting trend for music fans. But Hollywood likes a sure thing, so when a film finds a winning formula, they don’t veer off course. The new Elton John biopic/musical, Rocketman, does veer off — way off — which should be a good thing, but it also discarded the most important ingredients for this kind …

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Aladdin Conjures a Chaotic Yet Joyful Spirit

After the misfire of turning King Arthur into some kind of cockney hipster in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, director Guy Ritchie returns, helming the live action version of Disney’s 1992 animated hit, Aladdin. Ritchie’s knee-jerk, rapid-fire tone, as seen in capers like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, finds an unlikely home in Disney’s wide-eyed, family-friendly fantastical realm. Your senses almost crack from CGI overload and an …

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