Shyamalan’s newest film is ‘Split’ between interesting and predictable

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As the lights dimmed and the white block font of the beginning credits rolled, I felt a rushed anticipation in the theater. There was an electric buzz in the air as people sat waiting to see M. Night Shyamalan’s newest project, “Split.” I wanted to see if the film held up to the promise of […]

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The xx creates new sound without losing identity

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In the four years since their last album, The xx have tackled their previous limitations and emerged with a new album, “I See You.” The album plays to each band member’s skills, creating a more coordinated and upbeat sound while maintaining their lyrical flair. The trio’s third album, released on Jan. 13, is already climbing […]

Newest Marin ramen collaboration disappoints

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Tam Tam Ramen opened its latest location in Mill Valley this past month, serving up an Americanized version of Japanese cuisine in the most recent iteration of the collaboration between Whole Foods and Genji, a company that operates sushi bars in some Whole Foods stores. This is the first stand-alone version of the restaurant (there […]


‘The Crown’ proves a royal success

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More elegant and subtle than “Scandal” or “House of Cards,” yet with a quicker pace and broader appeal than “Downton Abbey,” Netflix’s “The Crown” expertly blends the best elements of a political thriller and period drama to create a slick yet sophisticated show. Opening with an ominous cough and splatter of blood, the audience is […]

The menu has many lighter pastas such as the Tagliatella Al Pescatora

Gia Ristorante Italiano brings Italy to Larkspur through authentic pastas

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Upon entering Gia Ristorante Italiano, one cannot help but feel as if they are walking into their good friend’s house for a night of phenomenal pasta, good conversation and laughter. The restaurant, located in downtown Larkspur, has been open for a little more than a month but has already become a popular spot for both […]


Author explores the lives of Marin teens

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For nearly all of us, Marin County is home. Marin is beautiful, Marin is affluent, Marin is educated and many would argue that there is no better place to grow up. However, at the same time, Marin is complex, Marin is materialistic and Marin is sheltered from the rest of the world. Author and Mill […]

BBC’s “Sherlock” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the infamous detective Sherlock Holmes, adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories.

‘Sherlock’ season four thrills with mind-boggling plot twists

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Viewers have waited three years for the highly-anticipated fourth season of BBC’s “Sherlock” to finally air this January, and the wait paid off. As a dedicated fan, I had high expectations going into this season, and luckily it did not disappoint. “Sherlock” went beyond what I could have ever imagined, each episode more intense than […]

Acting as their unofficial supervisor, Dorothea Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) leads NASA's African American female computing division.

‘Hidden Figures’ leading ladies have stellar chemistry

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“Hidden Figures” combines the drama as well as the mathematical genius of “Imitation Game” with the energy, life and examination of civil rights issues in “The Help.” Based on a nonfiction book with the same title, “Hidden Figures” brings to life the long-neglected story of three brilliant African American women working for NASA during the […]

Trying to find their way in present-day L.A., jazz pianist Sebastian and actress Mia fall in love after a series of chance encounters.

‘La La Land’ mixes fantasy and reality to create magical moments

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“Frozen,” “Moana,” “Hairspray”—these are the on-screen musicals that have reached a widespread audience in recent years, finding their way to the musical big leagues right next to “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Sound of Music.” But what’s been missing are films reminiscent of these classics, capturing the attention of an older audience with their […]

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‘Edge of Seventeen’ makes up for cliche plot with humor

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After sending an embarrassingly explicit message to a crush, Nadine Byrd, played by Hailee Steinfeld, takes the obvious next step. She tells her teacher, Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson), about the incident, who reads the message carefully, pauses, looks up at Nadine’s terrified face, then slowly says, “You need to watch out for run-on sentences.” This […]