Author: Tim Pompey

When Bad is good

Horrible BossesDirected by Seth GordonStarring: Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Charlie Day, Jason SudeikisRated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material.1 hr. 40 min. Have you ever had a boss who just made your insides do a slow burn? If so, you might identify with this film more than you care to admit. Three friends, each with a boss whose description can’t be reprinted in this column. Painful to live through, yes, but it turns out there’s some humor to it all, at least in this movie. While Horrible Bosses doesn’t quite meet the gold...

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Around the world in 11 days

What better way to kick off a film festival than by celebrating the 50th anniversary of West Side Story? After all, it broke new ground as a musical and drama, won 10 Academy Awards, and highlighted the avante-garde career of Leonard Bernstein. That’s the way things will go for the third annual Ventura Film Festival, which is being held in downtown Ventura from July 8 to 18. This year’s kickoff tribute will feature an appearance by two of the original stars from  West Side Story:  George Chakiris, who played the role of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks; and Russ...

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Impressionistic film tackles meaning of life

The Tree of LifeDirected by Terrence MalickStarring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCrackenRated PG-13 for some thematic material2 hrs. 19 min. I haven’t seen anything this startling by a U.S. director since the days of Stanley Kubrick. But, in what feels like a tribute to the zen master, the ghostlike Terrence Malick has provided us a rare jewel of a film, a pictorial meditation on the meaning of life. Malick’s films have been few and far between. Counting this picture, he has only directed five of them since the release of Badlands in 1973. Still, what gives...

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Animal crackers

Mr. Popper’s PenguinsDirected by Mark WatersStarring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Madeline Carroll, Maxwell Perry CottonRated PG1 hr. 35 min. Really, now. A story about penguins opening on Father’s Day weekend? Is penguin viewing at the top of a Dad’s wish list? Did someone really think that winter in America begins in June? Yet, here we are with this chilly little movie in which, despite the presence of actors, the penguins are the stars of the show. For what it’s worth, this story tries to have a heart, and it is about fathers. Absent fathers. Fathers who don’t listen. Fathers...

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Isn’t it good to be lost in the woods?

Road to NowhereDirected by Monte HellmanStarring: Shannyn Sossamon, Tygh Runyan, Cliff De Young, Waylon Pane and Dominique SwainRated R for some language and brief violence2 hrs. 1 min. Premieres Friday, June 17, at the Regency Paseo Camarillo After a two-decade layoff, the enigmatic director Monte Hellman has returned to filmmaking with a story that only reluctantly reveals its clues. It’s a movie in a movie. Yes, one of those, a thought-provoking film where you may scratch your head and wonder:  Does the director know where he’s going? Will this movie leave me in the cold? Will I ever understand...

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  1. Humanizing the Other: Art by Salomón Huerta

    November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
  2. Key Frames: A Celebration of Animation & Production Art

    November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
  3. Guest Artist’s Reception

    December 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. Jazz Collective

    December 13 @ 7:30 pm
  5. Footworks Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker on Dec. 14-15 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center

    December 14 - December 15
  6. Humane Society of Ventura County Purrs & Paws Holiday Boutique & Marketplace

    December 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  7. 54th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights

    December 14 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  8. Book Signing

    December 15 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  9. Bird Museum Holiday Hours

    December 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  10. Rev. Karen’s Mid-Month Devotional Retreat: The Greatest Gift You Can Give!

    December 22 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm