‘Time Well Spent’ Lives Up to Its Name

Once in a while, a special film comes along that has the ability to transport you — mind, body and soul —  from the time the lights dim to the time the credits roll. You can’t quite figure out how you’ve changed but when you leave the theater, you feel somehow different. Transformed. Time Well Spent,…

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Lido Theater Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Rock ‘n’ Roll and Movie History

If you’ve been wondering how the Lido Theater, Newport Beach’s iconic ode to all things classic film, will celebrate it’s 80th anniversary, wonder no more: Back-to-back events are set to ring in the milestone this August, and they’re both being organized for a fantastic cause.

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BEAUTY AND RUIN: Free Friday Night Screening at OCMA

Your Friday night plans just got a lot more interesting. As part of its Cinema Orange series, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) will screen BEAUTY AND RUIN this Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets to the screening are free and available at the door. 

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The Long Dumb Road Is Anything But

If Planes, Trains and Automobiles had a baby with Sideways then the baby decided to go to art school, you’d have The Long Dumb Road, a 90-minute film that screened last week at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Taken on its visual surface, the movie serves as a kind of art exhibit, showcasing the lesser-appealing crevices…

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‘The Bill Murray Stories’ Shares Tales of Enlightened Star

Thich Nhat Hanh, a 91-year-old Vietnamese monk and Noble Peace Prize nominee once said that if, while washing dishes, we aren’t mindful of the fact that we are washing dishes then “we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink.” Hanh advocates for complete mindfulness of the present moment,…

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‘American Animals’ and Opening Night Gala Kick off 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival

The 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival began Thursday night just like it should, with cameras flashing. Dozens of photographers crowded a logo-filled backdrop at Edwards Big Newport multiplex as well-groomed actors and filmmakers cascaded across a carpet undeniably red. Held to a staccato beat by the pop of bright lights, guests prepared for the debut…

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‘Up to Snuff’ Shines Spotlight on TV’s Most Accomplished Composer

On its surface, the story of William Garrett “Snuffy” Walden plays out like an expertly written drama. The innocence of youth, the tragedy of rock ‘n’ roll, the demise, the about-face and finally, the triumph. But as Up to Snuff shows, the heroic arc of real-life protagonist Snuffy is actually a much twistier tale that…

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5 Summer Movies to Watch Before Summer

Excuse me Newport Beach but do you know you’re … Newport Beach? That means, as stated in the official Mother Nature’s Guide to Newport Beach Weekends, you must be ceaselessly sunny on weekends and also provide as good or better weather than all states along the Eastern coastline. (How can we possibly maintain our reputation as the “Best Coast” if New…

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The Triangle to Offer Dining Discounts for Newport Beach Film Festivalgoers

Here’s the deal: You already know the Newport Beach Film Festival is coming to town this week (we’ve written about it here and here). What you might not know is that a select group of delicious and cinematic-minded restaurants are featuring discounts for all those who attend a movie at Starlight Triangle Cinemas at The…

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Newport Beach Film Festival: Action Sports Film Series

 In Newport Beach, surfing isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life. So, as a cinematic ode to such an important aspect of our coastal culture, it’s only fair that surfing should get its own series at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Launched in 2005, the Newport Beach Film Festival Action Sports Film Series is, as festival…

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