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CBS Film Series presents ‘Finding Babel’

News release   Congregation Beth Shalom is presenting a screening of “Finding Babel” as part of its CBS Film Series, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15.  Andrei Malaev-Babel traces the life and history of his grandfather Isaac Babel throughout Ukraine, Russia, and France. Isaac Babel is known as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. The masterpieces of this Russian-Ukrainian

Jed Blaugrund | ‘Dune‘ is an extraordinary accomplishment

4/4 stars  “Dune” Warner Brothers Directed by Denis Villeneuve Rated PG-13 (some disturbing images; sequences of strong violence, suggestive material) 155 minutes Now playing at Laemmle Newhall and Regal Edwards Valencia   A

Jed Blaugrund | ‘Halloween Kills’ is a nasty trick

1 star  “Halloween Kills” Universal Pictures Directed by David Gordon Green Rated R (language/grisly images/some drug use/strong bloody violence) 105 minutes  When it was announced in 2017 that the talented director

‘SCRUM’ to premiere at Laemmle Theater

By Selina Thomas For The Signal  “SCRUM,” A critically acclaimed documentary film likened to a real-life “Remember the Titans,” will make its world premiere here in Santa Clarita on Sunday.  While Santa Clarita

Jed Blaugrund | ‘Malignant’ not worthy of third-act twist

“Malignant,” James Wan’s new horror franchise-to-be, is American giallo, an Italian sub-genre of horror thriller that generally includes a few consistencies: bloody ritualistic murders, rudimentary investigative work by so-so detectives, and a vulnerable female lead who serves as the killer’s ultimate target.   Dario Argento