My Week With Marilyn

(R) ★★★☆☆

Based on the true story, this film follows the icon Monroe (Michelle Williams) on location for a movie that she made with director/star Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) in England. Olivier’s assistant, Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) becomes Monroe’s guide, confidant and almost-lover. Williams and Branagh are wonderful, but they can only do so much with what they’re given. Pedestrian staging and direction do little, and all in all, it’s just plain old celebrity fawning.

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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.

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