Don’t Give ‘The Giver’ The Time Of Day - Plus Four Other New Movies Reviewed

by Chris Narloch

The dog days of summer have officially arrived, at least cinematically speaking, with god-awful new movies like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Let’s Be Cops,” and “The Expendables 3” stinking up theaters from coast to coast.

I’m not going to waste your time reviewing those duds. Instead, I have saved my poison pen for movies starring pedigreed actors like Meryl Streep, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeff Bridges.

Read more: Don’t Give ‘The Giver’ The Time Of Day



One thing you have always been able to say about Sacramentans is that they love their sports. Everything from bowling, running, basketball, softball, even roller derby, are available to participate in, right here in the river city. If you are interested in being a part of one, or just hanging out and watching, be sure to check out Cameron Yee’s story starting on page 10.

Read more: The August 14 Issue is now on newsstands - real and virtual.


Check Out The Latest Broadway (And Off-Broadway) Cast Recordings

by Chris Narloch

The Tony Awards for 2014 are history, and it will be awhile before shows like “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder,” which won for Best Musical this year, and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” which nabbed the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, are seen in these parts.

In the meantime, you can enjoy cast recordings for many of the nominated shows, including “If/Then” with Idina Menzel, and the Broadway version of “Bullets Over Broadway,” as well as several off-Broadway CDs, reviewed below.

Read more: Check Out The Latest Broadway (And Off-Broadway) Cast Recordings


Tom Hardy heats up ‘Locke’ on DVD

Plus extra Woodstock & Grace Kelly

by Chris Narloch

If you’re looking for a movie to rent or stream or buy, here’s a list of five fabulous films that are just out or coming soon to DVD and Blu-ray.



Read more: Tom Hardy heats up ‘Locke’ on DVD


Oregon Shakespeare Festival isn’t only for Shakespeare fans

by Chris Narloch

Although it made a name for itself with highly acclaimed productions of Shakespeare’s plays -- which it continues to offer -- OSF (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) has branched out in recent years to include as part of its repertory world premiere plays as well as revivals of famous musicals.

On July 27, OSF premiered “The Great Society,” a sequel to the Tony-winning play “All The Way,” which originated at OSF in 2012 before playing in New York, where it starred Tony-winner Bryan Cranston.

Read more: Oregon Shakespeare Festival isn’t only for Shakespeare fans


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