The Descendants

(R) ★★★★☆

Writer/director Alexander Payne’s (Sideways) return is one of this year’s best movies. In a deceptively tranquil Hawaiian setting, Matt King’s (George Clooney’s) reckless wife, Elizabeth, lies in a coma. A few weeks into the crisis, Matt learns what his older daughter (Shailene Woodley) already knows: Elizabeth had taken a lover. Matt and his daughters must confront this lover in some way or another. Stellar acting and Payne’s even-toned, sardonic handling of his characters make this work well.

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If you grew up in California East, er Las Vegas, during the ’90s, your CD collection likely included Snoop Dogg (pictured), E-40, DJ Quik, Ice Cube and Too Short. You probably dreamed about a concert where California’s entire rap scene performed their greatest hits just so you could throw up your West Coast hand sign and represent for the best coast. That time has come: Those artists invade the Planet Hollywood Theater for the Performing Arts on Nov. 26 for the West Coast All-Stars show.