PaloAltoOnline.com http://www.paloaltoonline.com If it is local and useful, it is on PaloAltoOnline.com. en-us <![CDATA[A holiday to build 'a beloved community']]> "All great religions encourage their followers to love their neighbors," Evergreen Park resident Samina Sundas said of the teaching most often expressed during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. But "to love our neighbors, we must know our neighbors," she added.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford sets volleyball record, clinches Pac-12 title tie]]> Cardinal corner
The top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team won its 28th straight match to set a program record for wins to start a season, beating No. 19 Colorado, 25-17, 25-18, 25-13, Saturday at Maples Pavilion.
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<![CDATA[Merry matchmaking: Local wine experts offer suggestions on holiday food-and-wines pairings]]> Planning what wines to serve at a Thanksgiving dinner or figuring out which to bring to a Christmas party can be, frankly, overwhelming. Holiday foods tend to be full-flavored whether it's turkey, buttery mashed potatoes or sausage-filled stuffing so here are a few options from local wine experts to complement all of your holiday meals:]]> <![CDATA[SHP rolls to big victory in CCS Open Division over Oak Grove]]> Senior running back Ben Burr-Kirven led a sturdy defense and ran for 196 yards to lead the Sacred Heart Prep football team to a 37-13 Central Coast Section Open Division first-round playoff victory over Oak Grove on Saturday in Atherton.]]> <![CDATA[The streak goes on for SHP girls with eighth straight title]]> CCS water polo
For eight straight years, the Sacred Heart Prep girls have won their final water polo match of the season. That has translated into a remarkable streak of eight consecutive Central Coast Section Division II championships.]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford's rushing attack had all the Wright stuff]]> Senior running back Remound Wright ran for four touchdowns and the Cardinal defense took care of the rest, as Stanford defeated Cal, 38-17, Saturday in the 117th edition of the Big Game at Memorial Stadium to take The Axe for the fifth consecutive season.
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<![CDATA[Stanford reaches title match of MPSF water polo tournament]]> Bret Bonanni broke a tie with a goal early in the fourth quarter and Alex Bowen added two more to lift the Stanford men's water polo team to a 7-4 victory over USC on Saturday in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament at Long Beach State.
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<![CDATA[SHP boys make some history by not letting history repeat]]> CCS water polo
The Sacred Heart Prep senior class had history on its mind heading into the Central Coast Section Division II boys water polo championship match on Saturday at Independence High in San Jose.]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford runners save their best for NCAA championships]]> Five Stanford men finished among the top 39 – all earning All-America honors – to give the Cardinal a stunning runner-up finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
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<![CDATA[VA leases Menlo Park land to developer]]> The Department of Veteran Affairs has made a long-term agreement with Willow Housing, L.P. to lease just under two acres of VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division land for the construction and operation of housing for at-risk veterans, a press release announced on Saturday.]]> <![CDATA['Marshmallow Test' psychologist discusses self-control]]> Fifty years ago, Walter Mischel embarked on a now famous study called "The Marshmallow Test." He returned to the study's birthplace last week, Bing Nursery School at Stanford, to present the findings discussed in his new book, "The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control." ]]> <![CDATA[Merry matchmaking: Local wine experts offer suggestions on holiday food-and-wines pairings]]> Planning what wines to serve at a Thanksgiving dinner or figuring out which to bring to a Christmas party can be, frankly, overwhelming. Holiday foods tend to be full-flavored whether it's turkey, buttery mashed potatoes or sausage-filled stuffing so here are a few options from local wine experts to complement all of your holiday meals:]]> <![CDATA[LaBonta converts penalty kick to send Cardinal to Sweet 16]]> Lo'eau LaBonta converted a penalty shot in the 24th minute and the third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team edged visiting Arkansas, 1-0, in a second round game of the NCAA tournament Friday night.
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<![CDATA[Stanford's 3-point shooting takes care of the Rebels]]> Cardinal corner
Chasson Randle scored all of his 18 points on three-pointers and Stanford put on a show from long range in rolling to an 89-60 victory over UNLV in the semifinals of the Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday night.
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<![CDATA[Locals applaud President Obama's immigration order]]> The controversial announcement by President Barack Obama on Nov. 20 to use his executive powers to grant nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants a three-year reprieve from deportation may have brought disapproval from his critics, but many people on Palo Alto and East Palo Alto streets said they approve of the bold move.]]> <![CDATA[Pac-12 soccer honors for Stanford's Vincent, coach Gunn]]> Brandon Vincent was Stanford's the first-ever selection as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Jeremy Gunn earned his first Pac-12 Coach of the Year nod when All-Pac-12 honors for the 2014 season were announced by the conference on Thursday evening as determined by a polling of the league's coaches.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: No council meetings scheduled]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 24.]]> <![CDATA[The gift that keeps on giving: Chefs dish on how to transform your holiday leftovers]]> When Nov. 1 hits, so does the holiday-meal planning. Are you brining, roasting or smoking? Pumpkin or pecan? Will you stick to your family's traditional side dishes, or try something new?
Amidst all the food planning, something crucial can fall to the wayside: What to do with all those holiday leftovers.]]>
<![CDATA[Cardinal women's volleyball can clinch Pac-12 title tie]]> Stanford this weekend
Top-ranked Stanford hosts its final two women's volleyball matches this weekend with a chance to clinch at least a tie for the Pac-12 Conference title and set a school record at the same time.]]>
<![CDATA[This Stanford senior has been golden for men's soccer team]]> Austin Meyer saw his life's dreams and ambitions intersect at the moment he struck the ball that turned into the game-winning goal for the Stanford men's soccer team Sunday in Berkeley. That earned the Cardinal a No. 6 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament and hopes for a possible championship finish to the season.]]> <![CDATA[Richards named one of four finalists for Pop Warner Award]]> Stanford senior strong safety Jordan Richards has been named one of four finalists for the Pop Warner National College Football Award, it was announced Thursday. The award honors a player who has contributed at a high level on the field, in the classroom and in his community.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford track signs class of record-breaking athletes]]> The week-long early signing period began with a bang for Stanford track and field, with the decision and addition of defending Foot Locker national cross country champion Grant Fisher. It ended Wednesday with similar effect, with the commitment and signing of Canadian distance standout Claire Smith.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College soccer players earn spot on academic team]]> For the first time in Menlo College Athletics history, two players from the same team have claimed a place on the prestigious Capital One Academic All-America list as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
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<![CDATA[Palo Alto school maintenance foreman develops emergency-response system]]> To Mike Jacobs, a Palo Alto parent and longtime Palo Alto Unified maintenance employee, many school districts' emergency-response processes are archaic, inefficient and unsafe. He hopes to bring school safety into the 21st century with the invention of an all-encompassing emergency response device.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto debate nonprofit empowers students to have a voice]]> A group of East Palo Alto students are pilot participants in the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit working to bring the world of competitive debate to low-income youth.]]> <![CDATA[Manuel, Stanford dominate first day of swim meet]]> Freshman Simone Manuel highlighted the prelims and evening sessions during the first day of the Art Adamson Invitational on Thursday in College Station, Texas, with a pair of the nation's best freestyle swims to date. The No. 10 Cardinal men lead after the first day.
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<![CDATA[All's not well in Panem]]> No doubt about it: "The Hunger Games" has captured the imagination of American moviegoers. Yet action is sparse in this lumbering sequel, which splits Suzanne Collins' novel into two, two-hour-plus films.]]> <![CDATA[Bodacious buns]]> Buffalo in Mountain View serves some of the tastiest burgers in town, and the restaurant's inspired baos rival the best cutting-edge fusion fare in the area.]]> <![CDATA[Worth a Look]]> This week, take an international journey through the music of East of the River, get your giggles on with Los Altos Stage Company's "Fox on the Fairway," and revel in the beauty of the Peninsula Symphony's holiday concert.]]> <![CDATA[A choristers' piece]]> When the Bay Choral Guild presents Brahms' "German Requiem" without a symphony orchestra to overpower the quieter movements, concertgoers can bask in the subtle harmonies of this 50-voice chorale.]]> <![CDATA[Funnier than fiction]]> Four Los Angeles-based stand-up comics are coming to Stanford as part of a nationwide tour they've dubbed the "Walk of Shame." They'll be working the room for laughs and shooting footage of their road trip for a TV docu-series pilot.]]> <![CDATA[Texas corrals Cardinal women in overtime hoops stunner]]> Three days after knocking off the nation's top-ranked team in overtime, Stanford's women's basketball team fell victim to No. 10 Texas, as the Longhorns topped the sixth-ranked Cardinal, 87-81, in overtime in a nonconference game Thursday night.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford women look to seniors to advance in NCAA soccer]]> Stanford women's soccer coach Paul Ratcliffe said, before the NCAA Tournament began, that he expected his seniors to step up and play well. After a surprising first-half deficit against Cal State Fullerton in an NCAA opener, that's exactly what Chioma Ubogagu, Taylor Uhl, Lo'eau LaBonta and Alex Doll, seniors all, accomplished last week.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto: Fire quickly snuffed out at Communication & Power Industry]]> Palo Alto fire officials are investigating a fire that occurred Thursday afternoon at Communication & Power Industry, a Hansen Way manufacturer whose operations the city is in the process of phasing out. No hazardous materials were released, fire officials said.]]> <![CDATA[SHP will get its shot at the big boys in Open Division playoffs]]> The Sacred Heart Prep football team played in the CIF Division III State Championship game last season. Yet, the 2014 campaign has offered something new to the program.]]> <![CDATA[Gunn boys help make program history by reaching CCS finals]]> Water polo
The Gunn boys and girls will play for Central Coast Section Division I water polo championships together for the first time in school history after the boys advanced with a 9-5 win over Mountain View in the section semifinals on Wednesday night.]]>
<![CDATA[M-A girls advance to CCS volleyball finals once again]]> Playing in the Central Coast Section Division I volleyball playoff finals is nothing new for the Menlo-Atherton girls. After all, the Bears had been in the title match four of the past five years. That number is now up to five in the past six following a semifinal sweep on Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford's Montgomery a finalist for Hornung Award]]> Stanford senior wide receiver Ty Montgomery has been named one of five finalists for the fifth annual Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse and given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo School grad Frappier repeats as an All-American]]> Of local note
Pomona-Pitzer senior outside hitter Allie Frappier from Atherton earned first-team All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the second year in a row, it was announced Wednesday by the AVCA office. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rematches are the name of the game in CCS water polo finals]]> Two rematches have been set for championship finals in the 2014 Central Coast Section water polo playoffs -- the Menlo and SHP boys and Gunn and St. Francis girls -- with more possibly to come.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES -- Nov. 18]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Professorville]]> Palo Alto's oldest residential neighborhood Professorville is known for its large, century-old Victorian homes, oak tree-lined streets and residential character, but the quaint Historic District also features a variety of charming cottages, stucco Spanish-style homes as well as brown-shingled homes, Tudors and Colonials. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo School girls gain redemption with CCS tennis title]]> It was all about redemption as the Menlo School girls took to the courts at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos for the Central Coast Section Girls Tennis Team Tournament finale on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford has three No. 1-ranked teams this week]]> Stanford has three No. 1-ranked teams this week -- women's volleyball, women's basketball and men's soccer -- plus a No. 2-ranked team (men's water polo) and a No. 3-ranked team (women's soccer).]]> <![CDATA[Stanford's Korolev named West Regional Male Athlete of the Year]]> Sanford roundup
Stanford's Maksim Korolev, a graduate transfer, was named USTFCCCA West Regional Cross Country Male Athlete of the Year on Tuesday by a vote of coaches.]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford still has something to play for in the Big Game]]> If you believe in statistics, Saturday's 117th Big Game in Berkeley should be a battle of wills between the Stanford defense and Cal offense.]]> <![CDATA[Former Stanford receivers catch on in Week 11 losses]]> It was a big week for former Stanford receivers in the NFL, as seven players combined for 26 receptions and 322 yards during Week 11. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin had six receptions for 45 yards, including a touchdown for Seattle and tight end Coby Fleener gained a career-high 144 yards through the air for Indianapolis. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College sends volleyball, soccer teams into NAIA national tournaments]]> Menlo College senior outside hitter Courtney Calicdan, the two-time Cal Pac Conference Player of the Year, will lead the Oaks into the NAIA national tournament this weekend. Menlo opens at Eastern Oregon on Saturday at 6 p.m.
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<![CDATA[Stanford quartet honored on all-region field hockey team]]> Cardinal corner
Four Stanford players were named Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region selections, as announced Monday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.]]>
<![CDATA[Menlo girls upset top-ranked Saratoga in CCS tennis]]> Menlo School senior Elizabeth Yao won the third set of the final match to carry the No. 5-seeded Knights' tennis squad to a 4-3 upset of No. 1 Saratoga in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Team Tournament on Monday at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.]]> <![CDATA[No. 6 Stanford surprises top-ranked Connecticut in overtime]]> Amber Orrange scored seven of her 17 points in the final 26 seconds of regulation, including a 3-pointer that tied the game with less than two seconds remaining to force overtime as the sixth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team beat top-ranked and defending national champion Connecticut, 88-86, Monday night.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford men's soccer gets No. 6 seed for NCAA Tournament]]> Less than 24 hours removed from winning its first Pac-12 championship in 13 years, the Stanford men's soccer team received the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament when the bracket was announced on Monday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford's Randle on 50-player watch list for Wooden Award]]> Stanford roundup
Stanford senior Chasson Randle was one of 50 student-athletes named to the Wooden Award Presented by Wendy's Preseason Top 50, as announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on Monday morning and selected by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts.]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford volleyball, golf and tennis teams add top recruits]]> Stanford men's volleyball head coach John Kosty has announced the signing of three prep standouts to National Letters of Intent. Jordan Ewert (Antioch), Matt Klassen (Milwaukee, Wis.), and Ryan Smith (Clovis) will join the Cardinal in the fall of 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford cross-country teams earn at-large berths for NCAAs]]> For the 21st consecutive year, both the Stanford men's and women's cross-country teams will compete at the NCAA Championships. Both Cardinal teams received at-large berths by the NCAA selection committee during the weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford men's crowning soccer achievement is golden]]> Cardinal corner
Two weeks ago the Stanford's men's soccer team was playing just to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament. After beating host California, 3-2, in double-overtime Sunday, the No. 3 Cardinal can expect a No. 1 seed.]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford returning starters set the pace in basketball win]]> Stefan Nastic and Anthony Brown each recorded a double-double, combing for 25 points and 21 rebounds, and the Stanford men's basketball team beat visiting South Dakota, 84-73, on Sunday.
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<![CDATA[Sacred Heart Prep gets No. 1 seed for CCS Open Division]]> With a 10-0 record, Sacred Heart Prep has compiled the best regular season in program football history. No doubt about it. The perfect campaign earned the Gators their first PAL Bay Division title and, with it, an automatic berth into the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.]]> <![CDATA[Locals run to team and individual honors at section finals]]> CCS cross country
Palo Alto senior Lucas Matison started it off and Pinewood senior Nicole Colonna finished it at the 2014 Central Coast Section Championships in cross country at Saturday at Toro Park in Salinas.]]>
<![CDATA[Menlo-Atherton girls advance to CCS volleyball semifinals]]> CCS volleyball
Senior Devin Joos had 22 kills and 12 digs to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 25-16, 25-15, 25-9 victory over visiting Gunn in a Central Coast Section girls' volleyball quarterfinal on Saturday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday giving: How you can help]]> A number of nonprofit organizations are working to make this holiday season brighter for those in need, and they depend on donations and volunteers from the community to make it all possible. You can make a difference by contributing to the following programs.]]> <![CDATA[Solitary man]]> With "Rosewater," Stewart makes comprehensible for a broad audience the contemporary political situation in Iran.]]> <![CDATA[Quantum mechanical]]> The film relies on convention and mawkish melodrama, keeping the deeper implications of Hawking's disease and his research submerged. Only Redmayne's performance overcomes to elevate "The Theory of Everything" to something special: an actor's showcase.]]> <![CDATA[Shop Talk: Olive Garden's future uncertain, Loving Hut closes]]> Timothy Adams Chocolates goes pink in a big way, Loving Hut makes way for T4, and the future of Olive Garden in Palo Alto may be uncertain.]]> <![CDATA[Let them eat cake]]> One bite of a kouign-amann from Alexander's Patisserie will dispel any doubts you may have about the quality of a French patisserie run by a restaurant group best known for its high-end steakhouses.]]> <![CDATA[There's something about 'Harvey']]> This feelgood comedy features plenty of high jinks, all centered around a giant invisible rabbit.]]> <![CDATA[Fancy that!]]> Fancy a private lake or two? How about a vineyard, equestrian trails or a summer home?
It's no secret that property on the Midpeninsula costs a pretty penny.]]>
<![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - Nov. 12]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Pet doors: the ins and outs]]> At her owner's request for a demonstration, the energetic pup bounded through the little built-in rectangle escape. She circled the backyard and reappeared at the side door where she barked to get back inside]]> <![CDATA[Let's get metaphysical]]> "Interstellar" compellingly posits what life could look like in the last days of the American Empire, but the film's strengths are undercut by its seriously sappy tone.]]> <![CDATA[Late bloomer]]> In "Laggies," Keira Knightley plays 28-year-old Megan, a woman who's trying not to feel the burn of a quarter-life crisis.]]> <![CDATA[Beyond her years]]> This dark comedy offers a new angle on timelessly troubling questions: Does old age render us unlovable? What happens when the ordinary laws of aging and mortality no longer apply? ]]> <![CDATA[Dark cravings]]> Alegio Chocolaté, the Chocolate Garage and Timothy Adams Chocolates offer a wide variety of products and experiences for the Palo Alto chocolate lover. ]]> <![CDATA[Super-ego superhero]]> Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" may be something less than the sum of its dazzling parts, but it is a sight to behold and an entertaining farce of life as an actor in the time of Marvel Studios.]]> <![CDATA[Incendiary Revelations]]> Laura Poitras' exemplary documentary "Citizenfour" shares the privileged access NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden granted to her and Guardian reporters, thereby humanizing a man previously seen mostly in iconic terms.]]> <![CDATA[You talking to me?]]> At this point in American history, we'd like to believe we've come a long way on the subject of race. But viewers of this engaging satire will have to confess we've still got a long way to go.]]> <![CDATA[The tortured artist]]> What does it take to be "one of the greats?" That's the question at the dark heart of "Whiplash," an indie "Amadeus" set in a New York City music conservatory.]]> <![CDATA[Visual raptures]]> The Windhover Meditation Center, which opened earlier this month on the Stanford campus, houses works by the late professor of art Nathan Oliveira.]]> <![CDATA[Deja vu all over again?]]> Home prices along the Peninsula continue to rise with no indication of coming down any time soon, according to real estate experts.]]> <![CDATA[Fury]]> Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman shine in "Fury," a throwback combat movie that offers vivid performances and a decidedly anti-war sentiment.]]> <![CDATA[The Boxtrolls]]> "The Boxtrolls" falls into the category of classical fairy tale, with its shadowy world inhabited by innocents in contention with monstrous adults.]]> <![CDATA[Fall 2014 Home & Garden Design]]> This edition of Home & Garden Design features remodels that beautifully renovated an historical home, that added space set among the trees, that created a seamless second-story addition and that showed how a do-it-yourselfer can do quite a lot.]]> <![CDATA[The Judge]]> Here comes "The Judge." It's been a while since we've seen a movie so…Grisham-y. But here we are again with big movie stars and character actors facing courtroom cases converging with personal crises -- including, crucially, one of conscience.]]> <![CDATA[Kill the Messenger]]> This weak-tea drama follows San Jose Mercury News senior investigative reporter Gary Webb as he investigates the CIA's involvement in domestic crack cocaine sales that are funding the rebels in Nicaragua. ]]> <![CDATA[Gone Girl]]> David Fincher's film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's runaway bestseller goes from intriguingly puzzling to downright alienating.]]> <![CDATA[Pride]]> In telling the little-known story of how gay and lesbian activists in 1980s England supported striking miners, Matthew Warchus' "Pride" pays heartwarming testament to the many faces of solidarity.]]> <![CDATA[The Equalizer]]> Denzel Washington's commanding performance slightly elevates the immoral message and boilerplate plot of this violent vengeance fantasy.]]> <![CDATA[A Walk Among the Tombstones]]> Writer-director Scott Frank brings clever writing and moody atmosphere to this crime thriller centered on ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Matthew Scudder, played by Liam Neeson.]]> <![CDATA[The Maze Runner]]> A group of teens struggle for survival in a dystopian world in this film, which, like the novel on which it's based, can be read as an allegory of puberty.]]> <![CDATA[The Skeleton Twins]]> Erstwhile "SNL" cast-mates Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star as adult siblings Maggie and Milo who struggle with depression in this likeable Craig Johnson dramedy.]]> <![CDATA[My Old Lady]]> Kevin Kline shines in playwright Israel Horovitz's directorial debut about a down-and-out New Yorker forced to face his demons in Paris.]]> <![CDATA[Mary Kom]]> Mary Kom holds enough world boxing championship titles and influence in the sport to merit a keen cinematic look at her career's progression. However, this film botches that opportunity, succumbing instead to the common pitfalls of its genre, and topping it off with an inelegant style of execution.]]> <![CDATA[Dolphin Tale 2]]> "Dolphin Tale 2" will no doubt be a delightful experience for animal-loving tots. But for the adults who bring them, it's pretty much guaranteed to be a surreal experience.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Last of Robin Hood']]> There's something telling about "The Last of Robin Hood" being the first project to emerge from Lifetime Films. The sordid tale of Errol Flynn's last days clinching with a Lolita and soaking in booze and drugs, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's by-the-numbers account technically qualifies as a true crime tale, and seems to exist mostly because of its marketable prurience: a hallmark of Lifetime's infamous cable movies.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Love Is Strange']]> Marital domesticity is tough enough. Add in the obstacle of Kafkaesque sociopolitical forces -- still the lot of many gay couples -- and any marriage would feel the strain.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Trip to Italy']]> Comedy sequel "The Trip to Italy" is almost exactly like its predecessor "The Trip," and for the most part, that's a good thing.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall']]> In a sense, "When the Game Stands Tall" the Hollywood-ization of De La Salle High School's legendary Spartans football team -- is about what it's not about. It's not about winning.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'If I Stay']]> "Romance novels" function on idealization, including fulfilling a teen's yen for drama -- any kind of drama -- to alleviate the tedium of school days and curfew nights. ]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Calvary']]> To believe or not to believe: That is the question of religious faith. And while the Catholic Church, battered by scandal, may be waning, it remains that you can take the man out of Catholicism, but not Catholicism out of the man. Just ask John Michael McDonagh, writer-director of "Calvary."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Giver']]> It's odd to watch a film about the rediscovery of love, faith, passion and color, and for the film to be so by-the-numbers colorless.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Expendables 3']]> A week ago, director and producer Menahem Golan died, but his spirit is alive and well in "The Expendables 3."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles']]> Unless you're an 8-year-old just getting acquainted with them, you probably made up your mind about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles long, long ago. ]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Hundred-Foot Journey']]> There's a moment in "The Hundred-Foot Journey" -- Lasse Hallstrom's film adaptation of Richard C. Morais's bestselling novel -- when the female ingenue gives the male ingenue a hot tip on how to prepare corn.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Into the Storm']]> Sometimes the line between real-life tragedy and action escapism is mighty fine. Wide-release movies have been known to get cold feet (post-9/11 and post-mass shootings) but always return to the well of exploiting our anxieties for cash.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Magic in the Moonlight']]> There have long been notable connections between filmmakers and magicians. Houdini became a film star, Orson Welles delighted in performing magic (sometimes on film), and stand-up performers turned actor-directors Steve Martin and Woody Allen have also shown a marked interest in magic and affectionately spoofing it.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy']]> If the denizens of the Island of Misfit Toys were packing heat, you might get the Guardians of the Galaxy, the heroes of the latest Marvel comic-book-to-screen extravaganza. As shepherded by director James Gunn ("Super"), "Guardians of the Galaxy" lurches along a bit awkwardly, but always with utterly dazzling visuals and a goofy gag at the ready.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Get On Up']]> James Brown's life was so darkly rich that it would take someone like Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola in his prime to come close to fully capturing it. Rather than let itself get bogged down in a pretentious display of over-ambition, however, "Get On Up" succeeds in providing an entertaining representation of Brown's rise to stardom.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Boyhood']]> You've watched actors grow up on screen before, whether it be Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor or Jerry Mathers (as the Beaver).]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Lucy']]> Big-budget mind-expansion sci-fi has been a thing of late, with "Limitless," "Transcendence" and now Luc Besson's "Lucy" exploring what happens when humanity gains "access to previously unexplored cerebral zones."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Wish I Was Here']]> Gee, life is tough. But "We move forward -- that's the only direction God gave us." These and other Big Important Life Lessons can be yours for the low, low price of a movie ticket to "Wish I Was Here," Zach Braff's mawkish new comedy-drama.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Sex Tape']]> There's a sequence early on in "Sex Tape" during which the married couple played by Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel try repeatedly to rekindle their sexual flame. Time after time, they almost get "there," but something keeps frustrating their enjoyment.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes']]> "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is the latest in a series of modern Hollywood action reboots, which aim to transform a campy and droll movie into a gloomy and serious film. In the case of "Dawn," it has succeeded.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Tammy']]> By all rights, the new comedy "Tammy" would be the ultimate expression of Melissa McCarthy's comedy. Written by the film and TV star with her husband Ben Falcone -- who also directs -- "Tammy" should have all the right moves to drive McCarthy fans wild with pleasure. Instead, it's likely to inspire the question "Is this all there is?"]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Third Person']]> Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis ("Crash") raises navel-gazing to an art form with "Third Person," a "Crash"-y, borderline trashy entry in the genre of global interlocking stories. Those who scoffed at "Crash" will have even more to sniff at here, and the Best Picture's defenders may think twice after slogging through the 137 minutes of "Third Person."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Obvious Child']]> The title of "Obvious Child" refers to its heroine, another protagonist suffering from severely arrested development. What makes "Obvious Child" different is that this protagonist is a woman saddled with an unwanted pregnancy.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Jersey Boys']]> Let's face it: "Jersey Boys" has never been high art. The wildly successful jukebox musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons ran on chart-topping hit songs and ample corny shtick in nominally telling the story of the beloved pop act. Now, it's all been folded into a Clint Eastwood film that's neither theatrical fish nor cinematic foul.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2']]> Children's movies don't really have to work very hard for their target audience, but of course, they're better when they do. A good children's film doesn't talk down to kids, and the animated adventure "How to Train Your Dragon 2" fits this bill.]]> <![CDATA[Review: '22 Jump Street']]> "Do the same thing!" Ice Cube bellows at Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum -- or, rather, Captain Dickson bellows at Schmidt and Jenko, the buddy-cops of "22 Jump Street."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway"]]> "Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway" is a terrific gift for American theater lovers who can't just hop a plane to Melbourne to see the 87-year-old Lansbury play Miss Daisy opposite the 82-year-old Jones.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Edge of Tomorrow']]> The new Tom Cruise sci-fi action movie "Edge of Tomorrow" uses the narrative structure of a video game to present a "what-if" scenario: What if we could keep pressing "restart" every time we fail?]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'A Million Ways to Die in the West']]> There's no accounting for taste, they say, which might explain the $549 million worldwide gross for Seth MacFarlane's 2012 comedy "Ted." Something tells me the planet won't go quite so gaga for his Western-themed sophomore effort, "A Million Ways to Die in the West," but it's considerably better -- even within spitting distance of good.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Maleficent']]> In spite of a virtual feature-length stampede of CGI special effects, it's good old-fashioned movie-star wattage that stuns in "Maleficent." Disney's revisionist take on its own "Sleeping Beauty" almost certainly wouldn't have been made were it not for Angelina Jolie. If only the film around Jolie were worthy of her.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past']]> The best superhero movies in some way work against the grain. "X-Men: Days of Future Past," A loose adaptation of the beloved two-part comic book story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, does just that. With an outstanding cast and strong editing, the film is poignant and coherent.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Blended']]> Sometimes Adam Sandler works for others (notably Paul Thomas Anderson and Judd Apatow) and makes an interesting and sophisticated film. Mostly, though, he churns out branded "Adam Sandler comedies," in which he doubles as both producer and star. "Blended" is one of the latter.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Godzilla']]> In one way or another, Godzilla has always represented humanity's arrogance. It's a concept that is artfully articulated in Gareth Edwards' latest addition to the franchise.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Million Dollar Arm']]> A struggling sports agent works to teach a pair of hard-throwing cricket players from India to hit the strike zone in the hopes of making them big league ballplayers in "Million Dollar Arm." Weekly film critic Susan Tavernetti says the result is a heartwarming tale, which despite its lack of urgency is ultimately "charming and uplifting."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Palo Alto']]> The film "Palo Alto" universalizes its setting to an archetypal upscale suburbia, populated by disaffected white kids and their "free-range" parents (Gia Coppola shot the film in southern California). Freely adapting James Franco's stories, writer-director Coppola eschews melodrama, coaxing powerfully resonant performances from her young leads while never pushing style or content into blatant manipulations.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Belle']]> In much the same way films based on novels often send moviegoers to bookstores, films "based on a true story" often send moviegoers to historical accounts to find out what really happened, and perhaps that's the best that can be said for the simplifications of "Belle."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Neighbors']]> Even more so than its recent forebears (and this is saying something), the new comedy film "Neighbors" is all about the riff. With Seth Rogen taking center stage, that's not such a bad thing: a steady flow of one-liners improves the odds for laughs.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2']]> It feels a bit uncharitable to chide a blockbuster superhero movie for providing too much. But "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" certainly crams quite a bit in. And runs quite long. Still, Palo Alto Weekly film critic Peter Canavese says, the film is fun and doesn't embarrass itself. Plus, the kids (and kids at heart) are bound to love it.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Fading Gigolo']]> John Turturro's new film, "Fading Gigolo," has a lot going for it and "almost gets by on its idiosyncrasies," according to Weekly reviewer Peter Canavese. However, "the film never quite rises above a base curiosity value."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Other Woman']]> The women in "The Other Woman" get the equal opportunity, like the men in Judd Apatow movies, to behave like overgrown children, but the power they give their cheatin' man to occupy all their waking hours makes this comedy more sad than funny.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Particle Fever']]> Physicist turned filmmaker Mark Levinson gets (and thrillingly shares) VIP access to that moment, as those physicists rev up CERN's Large Hadron Collider to reproduce the conditions just after the Big Bang.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Transcendence']]> "Transcendence" is as silly as it is sinister. But with cinematographer Wally Pfister -- an Oscar winner for "Inception" -- in the director's chair, "Transcendence" has a sobriety of tone that effectively works against its inner mad scientist.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Finding Vivian Maier']]> Photographer John Maloof was only looking for some historical photos of the Chicago area when he purchased a box of undeveloped negatives at an auction in the winter of 2007. He ended up discovering the work of a previously unknown artist named Vivian Maier.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Draft Day']]> It says something about the culture that the latest American sports-themed movie has almost nothing to do with game play and everything to do with wheeling and dealing: dealmaking itself has become a sport worthy of analysis.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Rio 2']]> Rio 2, like its predecessor, is a run of the mill CGI-animated kid flick, Palo Alto film critic Peter Canavese says. Yet, while the story is "pretty much boilerplate at best and unpleasant at worst," the animation is a "colorful, advanced 3D spectacle." ]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Captain America: Winter Soldier']]> Give this to the films of the "Marvel Cinematic Universe": they have a consistency of quality. By treating their comic-book-derived films more as regular "issues" than film events, Marvel may never produce a film as great as "The Dark Knight," but it'll never sink to a low like "Batman and Robin" either. And there we have "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'The Raid 2: Berandal']]> There's a moment in "The Raid 2" when a goon begs, "Please have mercy," and his assailant responds by raising his pickax. It's that kind of movie. And I'm half-joking when I say that if you gleefully identify with the assailant in that scene, this is the movie for you. Others may feel more like the goon.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Bad Words']]> There's an old showbiz adage that directing is 90 percent casting, and that's also true of casting the directors themselves. Take "Bad Words," the directing debut of actor Jason Bateman.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'The Lunch Box']]> The way to a man's heart is through his stomach, so they say. And so says writer-director Ritesh Batra in his debut feature "The Lunchbox." Though considerably more understated than a Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie, one might call this wry-at-times romantic drama "You've Got Lunch."]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Muppets Most Wanted']]> A self-aware sequel to the 2011 film "The Muppets," "Muppets Most Wanted" provides more testament to the enduring appeal of the post-Vaudeville likes of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the Great Gonzo, as well as the love and care they inspire in generation after generation of performers and audiences.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel']]> If there were a valid critique to be given of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" -- writer and director Wes Anderson's latest, highly stylized ode to a place that might have been -- it would be that Anderson has fallen victim to his own tropes. But you won't hear that here.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Need for Speed']]> Manifestly overlong at 130 minutes, "Need for Speed" includes some eye-popping racing scenes of some very pretty high-performance sports cars. But in a world with thousands of cable channels and six "Fast & Furious" movies (with a seventh on the way), fast cars aren't enough.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: '300: Rise of an Empire']]> Both blood-bathetic and deliriously entertaining high camp, this prequel-sequel-parallel plotline to Warner Brothers' 2006 hit will appeal mainly to meatheads, but those with a tolerance for over-the-top violence may appreciate it on other levels.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Tim's Vermeer']]> Watching paint dry has never been more fascinating than it is in "Tim's Vermeer," a documentary produced by the magicians Penn & Teller.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Gloria']]> Audiences are programmed to expect escapism in movies about romantic relationships, whether they be foregone happily-ever-after comedies or doomed-to-death tragedies. But Sebastián Lelio's "Gloria" — Chile's official Oscar submission — insists upon unsettling realities without either stomping on its hero's indomitability or tacking on a deus ex machina.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'The Wind Rises']]> "All I wanted to do was to make something beautiful." So said aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose Mitsubishi A5M and A6M Zero served the Empire of Japan during WWII. Amid some controversy, living-legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki has written and directed his own latest "something beautiful," this one a hand-drawn fantasia about Horikoshi: "The Wind Rises."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Pompeii']]> The new action picture "Pompeii" is a bit like its own villain, Mount Vesuvius: massive, full of hot air and brainless.
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<![CDATA[Review: 'Winter's Tale']]> If your girlfriend, boyfriend or spouse asks you to take them to "Winter's Tale" for Valentine's Day, my relationship advice is to immediately say yes. But leave a copy of this review lying around, and you may get a chance at making better plans.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'RoboCop']]> Word leaked two years ago that José Padilha, director of the new "RoboCop" remake, was struggling mightily against studio suits to achieve his vision for the film. "It is hell here," the Brazilian director told a filmmaker friend. Now the film has arrived, and it's fairly clear that this "RoboCop" is a product of unhappy compromise.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Lego Movie']]> Kids' toys and games have a poor track record as the basis for films. Since the broad-ranging "Toy Story" franchise doesn't really count (and with apologies to "Transformers" fans), the bar hasn't been set any higher than "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl," "Clue" or perhaps "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." But, in a minor miracle of pop cinema, "The Lego Movie" changes all that.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Monuments Men']]> Say this for George Clooney, film director: He consistently makes films for adults. So it's too bad that, with his new WWII film "The Monuments Men," he sometimes treats that adult audience like children in need of a spoon-feed.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Labor Day']]> One name for Hollywood that's stuck is "The Dream Factory," implying a big-screen projection of our fantasies. The trend of late favors the fantasies of tween-age boys (of all ages), as played out in "genre" pictures, but the new drama "Labor Day" steps out in other directions.
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<![CDATA[Review: The Invisible Woman]]> History, they say, is written by the victors. Indeed, popular English novelist Charles Dickens was a winner who jealously protected his legacy. But don't they also say the truth will out? ]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Nut Job']]> OK, so you didn't plan ahead, but don't worry. The new animated flick "The Nut Job" has squirreled away enough lame nut puns to get you through the winter. More than enough.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'August: Osage County']]> It may be 30 below in Cass County this week, but on screen it's 108 degrees in "August: Osage County." And as the old story goes, when the day is hot, there's no escaping a brawl.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Lone Survivor']]> One word you won't see used to describe "Lone Survivor," the fact-based movie about a FUBAR Navy SEALs operation: "contemplative."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty']]> Reborn as a flashy but soppy new adventure directed by and starring Ben Stiller, the film is sentimental claptrap about (to paraphrase a character) "courage and going into the unknown."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Past']]> In 2012, Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" became the first Iranian picture to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. This is his follow-up.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Wolf of Wall Street']]> "The Wolf of Wall Street" charges out of the gate with immediate evidence of Martin Scorsese's skill, abetted by Terence Winter's whip-crack screenplay and Thelma Schoonmaker's brilliant editing. ]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Her']]> All people in romantic relationships want to know their love is real. But when half of the intelligence involved is artificial, can love be real? ]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks']]> There's enough spin at work in "Saving Mr. Banks" -- a Walt Disney Pictures account of the making of the 1964 Disney musical "Mary Poppins" -- to make audiences dizzy, which is essential to the film's design.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'American Hustle']]> "American Hustle" is a dark-comedy lark with flair, letting the best (con) man win.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Inside Llewyn Davis']]> Like a rolling stone, singer-guitarist Llewyn Davis tumbles through the Greenwich Village folk-music scene of the '60s. It's the Coen Brothers' most compelling character study to date.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug']]> Peter Jackson's grandiose vision of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth reaches a crescendo with this thrilling second installment in "The Hobbit" trilogy.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Great Beauty']]> It is, perhaps, impossible to make an ode to Rome without invoking Fellini. Though Paolo Sorrentino does so only indirectly in "The Great Beauty," it's impossible not to think of how he pales in comparison to the maestro.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Out of the Furnace']]> What, one might ask, is the point of understated melodrama? It's a bit like decaf coffee or near-beer. But understated melodrama, for the most part, is the stuff of "Out of the Furnace."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Homefront']]> Standard Statham action gets a solid acting boost courtesy of James Franco in the Louisiana-based "Homefront." We can put this in the "co-stars you thought you would never see" category.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Nebraska']]> It's never too late to play a few grace notes. With Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," this proves true for two septuagenarians: addled heartland grump Woodrow "Woody" Grant and the Hollywood royal who plays him, Bruce Dern.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Philomena']]> The film "Philomena," starring Judi Dench, takes the perspective of a wronged Irish mother coerced, in 1952, into giving her baby away. Co-producer and co-screenwriter Steve Coogan plays a journalist investigating the story.
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<![CDATA[Review: 'The Book Thief']]> There will, of course, never be enough Nazi Germany-set dramas to fill the awards-season maw. Unfortunately, "The Book Thief" is conspicuously phony in its ruthless attempt to manipulate audiences.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Delivery Man']]> This tale of an accidental (multiple) father manages to be high-concept and squishy at the same time. At least the star power of Vince Vaughn adds some comedy.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire']]> It would be easy to damn "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" with the faint praise of calling it a competent sequel, which it is. But the film gives audiences more to chew on than its predecessor.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Dallas Buyers Club']]> Classic "Oscar bait," this film falls into some of the common traps of exploiting a true story. But it's also lively, funny and scary, bristling with the most compelling drama of all: the grasping will to live and make it count.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Armstrong Lie']]> The title of Alex Gibney's film derives from a 2005 headline in the French paper "L'Equipe." The paper alleged what many had assumed to be true: Banned substances had fueled Armstrong's endurance and speed.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Blue Is the Warmest Color']]> This movie is billed as "The story of a young lesbian couple's beginning, middle and possible end." It's also an NC-17 film with a seven-minute sex scene that has made it cinema non grata in Idaho.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Last Vegas']]> At first glance, "Last Vegas" seems like "The Hangover" for the 60-and-over crowd (minus the raunch). But the class-act cast and a solid script keep the film fresh and funny.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Kill Your Darlings']]> An oft-overlooked chapter in literary history comes to life in "Kill Your Darlings," a lurid yet penetrating look into Allen Ginsberg's formative influences.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'About Time']]> Though you'll feel like you've seen this movie before, the film's strength is the ensemble cast effortlessly exuding affection for one another.]]> <![CDATA[Review: '12 Years A Slave']]> This is the story of a man: another tale of physical and emotional survival that, unlike "All is Lost" and "Gravity," derives from a true story.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Muscle Shoals']]> There must be something in the water. That cliche gets taken seriously in "Muscle Shoals," the documentary about two legendary recording studios nestled near the Tennessee River.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'All Is Lost']]> Batten down the hatches for the unusual new sailing drama "All Is Lost." The only actor on screen for 106 minutes is Robert Redford, and words are pared down to a bare minimum, but all is riveting.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'A.C.O.D.']]> "A.C.O.D." stands for "Adult Children of Divorce," a demographic big enough to ensure this dry-witted indie comedy a wide audience.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Fifth Estate']]> This slickly edited drama plays like the account of a jilted lover, with the would-be dazzle attempting to misdirect from the ordinariness of the personal melodrama.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Romeo and Juliet']]> Call it the "Drunk History" version of "Romeo and Juliet." -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Captain Phillips']]> The "real-life thriller" "Captain Phillips" may be obvious and it may be clumsy, but it's also a little bit thoughtful, and there's never a dull moment. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Runner Runner']]> Sadly, there's no actual running here -- or anything else that might raise your pulse. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Gravity']]> Life is one hell of a ride, as George Clooney's character puts it. So is "Gravity." -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Rush']]> The director of "Frost/Nixon," Ron Howard, brings us in "Rush" another Morgan match-up: 1970s Formula One racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Enough Said']]> Two powerhouse performances and some nicely written scenes that, in tandem, provide some of the most enjoyable romantic and comedic moments of the year. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Prisoners']]> An array of A-list talent tries its best to elevate a flawed screenplay into a work of moral complexity. -S.T.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Afternoon Delight']]> Jill Soloway's new comedy-drama about clambering to stay above the yawning pit of middle-aged ennui. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Short Term 12']]> Writer-director Destin Cretton bears witness to the agony and the ecstasy of foster care in "Short Term 12," a film inspired by his own experiences working in a group home. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Riddick']]> The man with the night-vision eyes is back. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Closed Circuit']]> You've seen worse than the new boilerplate legal thriller "Closed Circuit," but you've also seen a lot better. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Grandmaster']]> If there's one thing not to expect from cinematic grandmaster Wong Kar Wai, it's a driving plot. But that's what we love about the languorous director. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Austenland']]> The new romantic comedy "Austenland" casts a skeptical eye on the fantasy of romantic comedy itself, dating all the way back to the divine Miss Jane. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The World's End']]> You can go home again, but it's going to involve drinking. That's the starting point of "The World's End," the latest from the most exciting team in film comedy. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Spectacular Now']]> A mature film tenderly performed by its young leads and skillfully adapted from Tim Tharp's YA novel. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Jobs']]> This biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs gets the look right in design and casting. But even Jobs, a dedicated aesthete, knew looks weren't everything. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'We're the Millers']]> Nothing to see here -- please move along. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Elysium']]> Matt Damon gives a galvanizing performance that reminds us why he's a movie star. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: '2 Guns']]> By not being instantly dismissible with a comparison to some other movie, "2 Guns" wins some audience goodwill right out of the gate. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Blue Jasmine']]> Cate Blanchett is a force of nature: the beating heart that keeps the conspicuously schematic picture alive and kicking, and a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Still Mine']]> Like its aging hero, the straightforward "Still Mine" has its integrity. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Fruitvale Station']]> Writer-director Ryan Coogler wants us to know BART shooting victim Oscar Grant III as more than a victim frozen in time. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA: Palo Alto Online archive]]> A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.]]>