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Film review: Spy thriller ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is stylish fun

Based off of the ’60s TV show of the same name, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” sees the underrated talents of Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer cultivated beneath the wing of delightfully entertaining action auteur Guy Ritchie. While the film’s hackneyed plot is more or less swept under the rug to make room for a host of…

Film review: ‘The End of the Tour’ mines depths of human psyche

One of the highlights of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was director James Ponsoldt’s fourth feature film, “The End of the Tour.” Based on Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky’s 2010 book “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself” — an account of Lipsky’s five-day interview with late literary icon David Foster Wallace — the…

Conditioning and care: Equestrian and polo teams over the summer

In many sports, when the season comes to a close, teammates continue to train, condition and prepare to start fresh again the following year. While the same is true with Stanford’s equestrian team and polo club, these two teams also take on additional responsibility in the summer: the care of over 50 1,100-pound horses ranging from semi-retired mounts to seasoned competitors.

Film review: Fuqua’s ‘Southpaw’ packs a punch

Professional boxing may not be America’s pastime, but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from continuing to produce boxing movies, often to great success.  Director Antoine Fuqua’s latest film, “Southpaw,” enters the ring as a quintessential boxing tale, one in which the consistently phenomenal Jake Gyllenhaal submerges himself in yet another demanding role. “Southpaw” brings a captivating tale…

Midsummer Mozart Festival is professional yet frequently uninspired

The Midsummer Mozart Festival, an annual music festival in the Bay Area, returned to Bing Concert Hall on July 16 for its 41st season. The concert was, as always, performed by an orchestra of regional musicians and was directed and conducted by the celebrated George Cleve, who has previously conducted the New York Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic.…

‘Terminator Genisys:’ Maybe it’s time to say ‘hasta la vista’ to ‘The Terminator’

As originally promised in 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator is back (again). “Terminator Genisys,” the latest in the seemingly endless “Terminator”  series, brings former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger back for a fourth turn as the infamous deadpan cyborg. And, as is to be expected of the newest addition to the rapidly aging franchise, “Genisys,” though mindlessly…
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