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Athena Tan

Stories by Athena

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‘The Little Stranger’: A Sophisticated Gothic Tale

A Story of Desire, Class-Driven Resentment, and Repressed Sexual Identity

Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson star in a story of desire, class-driven resentment, and repressed sexual identity.

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Brandi Carlile at the Arlington

Artist Receives Enthusiastic Welcome at Her First Santa Barbara Show in Years

The artist performed to an enthusiastic crowd at her first Santa Barbara show in years.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’: A Spectacle of Carefree Wealth

Movie Is the Quintessential Fairy Tale of Global Capitalism

The movie is the quintessential fairy tale of global capitalism.

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‘Blindspotting’: An Operatic Cat’s Cradle

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal Take Up the Strands of Ongoing Dialogues About Racial Justice

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal take up the strands of ongoing dialogues about racial justice.

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Mister Rogers Documentary Is Fluid Blend of Biography and Cultural History

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Incites Viewers to Reflect on the Integrity and Vulnerability of Childhood

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ incites viewers to reflect on the integrity and vulnerability of childhood.

The Household Horror of ‘Hereditary’

Film Creates Eerie Mood but Falls Short on Plot

The film creates an eerie mood but falls short on plot.

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Cómo y Dónde Votantes en Santa Bárbara Pueden Entregar Su Boleta Hoy

Las Primarias de California Concluyen Hoy con Elecciones en Todos los Niveles

Las primarias de California concluyen hoy con elecciones en los niveles de ciudad, condado, y estado.

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‘Thoroughbreds’ Portrays Contradictory Impulses of Affirmation and Destruction

Film Homes In on Primitive, Savage at Core of WASP Affluence

Film homes in on the primitive and the savage at the core of WASP affluence.

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Art Exhibits Focus on Santa Barbara Japanese Internment During WWII

S.B. Historical Museum’s Companion Shows Depict Life in Detention Camps

The shows remind us that history is continuous and that the arcs of multi-decade or multi-century narratives must constantly be illuminated.

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SBIFF Women’s Panel Packs the Lobero

Smart, Engaging Discussion from People Behind the Scenes on Films

The gathering offers an unmissable opportunity to focus on the craft of notable talents behind the scenes and, in some cases, below the line in Hollywood.

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Films to Find at the Festival

Selected Highlights from SBIFF 2018

Our selected highlights from SBIFF 2018, based on prescreened films.

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‘The Shape of Water’ Has Soft, Sparkling Edges and Grand Exuberance

Actor Sally Hawkins Is Well Cast in Dynamic Role

Actor Sally Hawkins is a big draw, her physically expressive performance well matched to the role of someone who communicates sans speech.

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‘The Disaster Artist’ Is a Study in Human Pathos

James Franco Nails Balance of Control and Excess Role Requires

James Franco nails the balance of control and excess the role requires, while Dave Franco is the perfect earnest, trusting foil.

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Reviewed | ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Kenneth Branagh Offers Fun Puzzle for Agatha Christie Fans

Kenneth Branagh’s film isn’t a nuanced character drama, but offers a fun puzzle for Agatha Christie fans.

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Reviewed | ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

Film Plays Out with Perversity of a Classical Tragedy

The film plays out with the inevitability and perversity of a classical tragedy.

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Reviewed: ‘The Snowman’

Police-Procedural Thriller with Little Procedure

Almost comically hyper-efficient detective hunt feels like a 10-episode series that was cut down to two hours.

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Reviewed: 'Blade Runner 2049'

Sequel Presents Bleak Vision of Future with Stunning Command of Space and Scale

The sequel presents a bleak vision of the future with a stunning command of space and scale.