The smart spy thriller, based on a John le Carré novel, stars the late actor as an anti-terror specialist

Former construction worker Rod Picott performs in Winters in support of his newest album “Hang Your Hopes on a Crooked Nail.”

George Benson is set to release “Benson: The Autobiography” next month. In it, he will recount stories from a career that’s seen the singer-songwriter partnering with artists including Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers

Two old pros show the kids how chemistry works in a romantic comedy in “And So It Goes,” a love-the-last-time-around romp that’ll give its target audience the warm fuzzies.

Celebrities expert Michael Yo headlines four shows at Punch Line Sacramento.

Start with music, then skate, explore, take in a movie and end up with pears.

The actress brings a matter-of-fact toughness to her role as woman with drug-induced mental super powers, but the film becomes a silly mishmash of ideas

Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” is a sweet and jokey feature film that is so at home in the punchline rhythms of TV sitcoms that you may think to yourself, “When’s his best friend/former ‘Scrubs’ co-star Donald Faison showing up?”

Listen to Americana, indie or classic jazz in the Sacramento region.

In Mike Cahill movies, bad things happen to good people, and other good people are guilt-ridden as a result. But the human connections and the spare sci-fi logic that characterized “Another Earth,” Cahill’s ethereal romantic dramatic debut, are muddied in his second feature, “I Origins.”

There’s no question, “Breaking Bad” is one of the biggest things to happen to TV in decades. The AMC series was so popular, you would think that the people behind the spinoff series, “Better Call Saul,” would be working to quickly get the new program on the air.

Turkish cuisine isn’t that unfamiliar after all.

A tinge of high and lonesome twang comes naturally to Beth Malone. It’s a perfect attribute for an actress playing Ensign Nellie Forbush, the naive Midwestern nurse of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”

The Rise Guys, a longtime fixture on Sacramento radio, are returning to the local airwaves on ESPN 1320 beginning July 28.

On Monday, the “Rise Guys” program will rejoin Sacramento airwaves on AM 1320, making new but familiar afternoon drive-time voices available to capital listeners and providing competition for Grant Napear‘s established presence on AM 1140. Do you plan to give a listen to the new show featuring Kevin “Whitey” Gleason and Mark Kreidler?

Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89.

For many Americans, World War II was a crusade for democracy and freedom as well as a fight against injustice. But the war also highlighted the harsh realities of racial prejudice and stereotypes both at home and abroad.

About one in four restaurants go out of business within a year of opening. This happens for all kinds of reasons. The concept is wrong. The food or service is substandard. The location is bad. The inexperienced owners thought it would be a fun way to get rich and didn’t realize all the hard work involved.

The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated "Sex Tape" failed to turn on moviegoers over a weekend where "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" maintained its rule.

Jarrett Heather, a software developer at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, produced the visuals for “Word Crimes,” a music video from Weird Al Yankovic.

Plenty of activities can amuse you throughout the Sacramento region.

The unholy bond between religion and politics is the background for “Persecuted,” a confused and confusing thriller about a TV preacher ruined by a sinister government plot.

Attendance keeps climbing as festival refines its mix of recent Japanese films and classics

Rock in Cesar Chavez Plaza to !!!.

This year’s conservative show is genteel, not challenging.

Texas singer-songwriter who appeared on Eminem song has evolved from acoustic to highly electronic without losing her thoughtful approach

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers

A vacation affords the chance to hit spots all over Northern California.

Sacramento’s Keith Lowell Jensen is developing his own act and creating opportunities for himself and others.

The cinematic equivalent of herpes, “Sex Tape” is an uncomfortable embarrassment to raunchy comedies everywhere. Fortunately no medication is required after being exposed to it: The effects are not permanent, only painful.

New DVD release for this week include ‘Rio 2’ and ‘Under the Skin’

Large exhibit tells the farm-to-mouth stories of our favorite treats.

“The Grand Seduction” slowly brings its story into focus and then sneaks up and becomes quite funny. It’s an English-language Canadian film based on a 2003 French-Canadian film (“Le Grand Seduction”), which only goes to show that if you have a bilingual country, you can make everything twice.

More than 1.6 million people have viewed – and likely laughed – at Eric Buss’ YouTube clip.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is roughly twice as good as its predecessor, “Planes,” which was so story- and laugh-starved it would have given “direct-to-video” a bad name. Yes, there was nowhere to go but up.

Now's the time to get moonstruck.

With his Unity Group, the jazz guitar master touched on tunes from throughout his consistent and sometimes surprising career.

The line between Bravo reality show and spoof is as faint as the crow’s feet on the face of a Botoxed “Real Housewives” cast member.

When Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Eisen got out of the Israeli military in the mid-’90s and formed a musical duo, they didn’t anguish over a name; instead, they just appropriated one from some old friends – Infected Mushroom.

It started as "a narrative problem," writer-director Richard Linklater says. "How do you tell a story, with actors, over a long period of time? You can't re-cast it when you're catching up with somebody, year by year. The change in appearance would be too abrupt."

Tupac Shakur fans, keep ya head up: The Broadway musical "Holler If Ya Hear Me" that uses songs from one of hip-hop's greatest artists is closing after less than two months.

After Enotria closed, Pajo Bruich pushed to find the right job and keep a good attitude.

The 33rd Street Bistro has been around since 1995, when it exploded onto the local restaurant scene and established itself as a neighborhood hot spot with some cool ideas, pleasant surroundings and food that won raves.

Today, we say goodbye to a longtime resident in our comics section – “Wee Pals,” created by trailblazing cartoonist Morrie Turner, the West Sacramento resident who died in January.

Thousands of zombies plan to take over Sacramento’s Roosevelt Park on Saturday, and they won’t stop there.

Visitors to the 2014 California State Fair, which runs Friday through July 27, will likely come out to Cal Expo for the same reasons that people always have: interesting exhibits, cool rides and fried food.

It’s the kind of spine-chilling camping trip that would make Jason Voorhees proud.

“Third Person,” the latest interlocking puzzle from Paul Haggis, is about love. But it’s not a soft and fuzzy sort of love. As Leona Lewis put it in the pop hit a few years ago, it’s the “you cut me open and I keep bleeding, keep keep bleeding” sort. Haggis uses a double-edged sword – and a relatively blunt one at that – to hack away at it.

About 500 contestants are expected to compete this weekend at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s 44th annual Classic Wildfowl Art Festival in Sacramento. And organizers anticipate a crowd larger than last year’s 2,000 visitors, however, based on the upward climb in the popularity of wildlife art since the early 2000s, said association spokesman Jim Burcio

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