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New Movies & Events: Week of Oct. 15

film_law_abiding_citizen_ver4LAW ABIDING CITIZEN Gerard Butler stars in this crime thriller as a man imprisoned for taking the law into his own hands after the murder of his wife who orchestrates revenge from his jail cell against the killers—and the prosecutor (Jamie Foxx) who failed him. Viola Davis and Leslie Bibb co-star for director F. Gary Gray (R) 108 minutes. Starts Friday.

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film_more_than_a_gameMORE THAN A GAME NBA star LeBron James is the subject of Kristopher Belman's documentary, but its focus expands into a study of the intense friendship and loyalty between James and his four high school basketball teammates in Akron, Ohio, before, during, and after James meteoric rise to fame. (PG) 105 minutes. Starts Friday.

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film_stepfatherTHE STEPFATHER Dylan Walsh and Sela Ward star in this remake of the psychological thriller. Penn Badgley co-stars as the son home from military school who suspects all is not kosher with the new man in is mom's life. Nelson McCormick directs. (PG-13) Starts Friday.

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film_where_the_wild_things_areWHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book comes to the screen in whimsical, if spooky, live-action format from director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) and co-scriptwriter Dave Eggers. Newcomer Max Records stars as Max, an intrepid little boy whisked off the the magical realm of the wild things, who discovers being king has its drawbacks. Catherine Keener and Mark Ruffalo co-star; Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara, and Forest Whitaker provide character voices. (PG) 101 minutes. Starts Friday.

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Film Events

SPECIAL EVENT THIS WEEK: THE PACIFIC RIM FILM FESTIVAL 17 flms from 11 countries presented free to the public in three venues around town, Fri-Wed. See related story this issue. See Review by Lisa Jensen >>>

SPECIAL EVENT THIS WEEK: FILM DISCUSSION WITH MORTON MARCUS Join film scholar, poet, and raconteur Morton Marcus, at the Nickelodeon this Saturday morning for an incisive  discussion of a current movie. This week: THE BOYS ARE BACK Special film screening at 11:40 a.m. Discussion begins at 1:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.  Call 426-7500, or check Nickelodeon/ Del Mar/Aptos ad this issue for more information.

CONTINUING SERIES: MIDNIGHTS @ THE DEL MAR Eclectic movies for wild & crazy tastes plus great prizes and buckets of fun for only $6.50. This week: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE Malcolm McDowell in his signature role as a bowler-hatted, false eyelash-batting, sadistic young thug in a futuristic society forced to undergo extreme behavior modification. Stanley Kubrick's cold, slick stylistic perversity drains the life out of Anthony Burgess' dark novel of ideas; all that's left is the ultra-violence, vividly portrayed, and McDowell's subversive charisma. This is what passed for an X-rated film in 1971, since marked down to an R. 137 minutes. (HH1/2)—Lisa Jensen. Fri-Sat midnight only. At the Del Mar.

CONTINUING EVENT: LET'S TALK ABOUT THE MOVIES This informal movie discussion group meets at the Del Mar mezzanine in downtown Santa Cruz. Movie junkies are invited to join in on Wednesday nights to discuss current flicks with a rotating series of guest moderators. Discussion begins at 7 pm and admission is free. For more information visit

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Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.


Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.


Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.


Animal Magnetism

Bear, mouse dare to be friends in charming ‘Ernest and Celestine’ It’s not exactly Romeo and Juliet. It’s not even a romance, although it is a love story about two individuals separated by prejudice who find the courage to form an unshakable bond despite the rules and traditions that keep them apart.
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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.


How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management


Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX


Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.