The Dictator

(R) ★★★☆☆

For most of its quick and extremely dirty running time, the new Sacha Baron Cohen offender The Dictator wages war with itself, crude nonsense up against crude nonsense that’s really funny. When a double for fictional North African dictator General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen (Cohen) is assassinated, the leader’s advisor (Ben Kingsley) hatches a scheme involving a new double, a visit to America and an unlikely romance with a vegan/feminist (Anna Faris).

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Arising Tide


Arising Tide

By Ted Lewins

This local modern rock band hit the outdoor stage for the second night of the Spring Rock-A-Thon (a three-day music fest sponsored by Vegas Rocks! magazine). They played with the power of a tsunami, and the current of music took me for quite a ride. The songs ranged from a tidal force of fast-driving frenzied beats to chilled-out grooves, placing Arising Tide’s sound somewhere between early Incubus and The Mars Volta.