A Different Kind of Film Festival

The Coast Film and Music Festival kicks off this week in Laguna Beach, Jake Howard reports. The festival, which launched in 2019, features a wide array of films about everything from surfing to mountain climbing and sustainability.

At the Movies: ‘Blonde’ Is an Exhausting Viewing Experience

Andrew Dominik’s new historical drama, Blonde, has to be one of the most hateful films Megan Bianco has ever seen, she writes in her latest At the Movies. Those looking for an appropriate depiction of the real Marilyn Monroe are best served finding her interviews and archival footage online, because, she notes, they’re not going to get it from Blonde.

At the Movies: ‘Don’t Worry Darling,’ There Are Still Worse Movies Out There

Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling is a run-of-the-mill psycho thriller starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as an idyllic, carefree, happy couple with no real worries or problems in a private Southern California community. Like a lot of psychological suspense films, Megan Bianco notes in her latest At the Movies column, the twists by the end either turn out “mind-blowing” or a letdown.” Unfortunately, in this case, it’s the latter.

A History of Hawaii’s Lifeguard Tradition Finally Told

From running the family business, to charging big waves, to filmmaking, local legend Marty Hoffman is a man of many talents, Jake Howard writes this week. Hoffman recently premiered his full-length documentary “Big Wave Guardians: First Responders of the Sea,” which details the long history of lifeguarding in Hawaii.

At the Movies: ‘Men’ Will Be Men

Alex Garland’s new psychological thriller, Men, can easily be characterized as a “#metoo movie.” But with so much potential for a male filmmaker to convey an important message, Garland misses this mark, Megan Bianco writes in her latest At the Movies column.