Sept. 9 2014 06:17 PM

Before I Go to Sleep' and The Drop' are among the openers this week.

Before I Go to Sleep


A Five Star Life: A woman works as a luxury-hotel inspector and, despite her dream job, pines for a relationship of substance. 

Before I Go to Sleep: Nicole Kidman plays an amnesiac who wakes up every day having forgotten everything about her traumatic past. It co-stars Colin Firth and Mark Strong. 

Besos de Azucar: Two precocious children must overcome their awful parents in this dark comedy by director Carlos Cuaron. Screens through Sept. 18 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

Dolphin Tale 2: Even a dolphin needs to find love. 

No Good Deed: Idris Elba plays an ex-con with dangerous intentions who seduces Taraji P. Henson's devoted housewife in Sam Miller's erotic thriller.

Search Party: Two friends take pity on a suffering pal and try to reunite him with the woman of his dreams. 

The Drop: When a robbery goes wrong, a low-level thug (Tom Hardy) must lean on friends and enemies alike to survive. It's the final film starring James Gandolfini. 

The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier): Twins travel with their mother to stay with family in order to avoid the horror of World War II. There they encounter their evil grandmother, who forces them to do slave labor for food and shelter. Screens through Sept. 18 at the Ken Cinema.

One time only

Duran Duran Unstaged: This surreal music documentary directed by David Lynch takes you inside a Duran Duran concert at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles. Screens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Reading Gaslamp and Town Square cinemas. 

Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Spicoli and Mr. Hand: one of the great couples in cinema history. Check out their courtship in this classic high-school comedy. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.

Rear Window: Watch your neighbors closely enough and you might see things you want to forget. Just ask Jimmy Stewart's bedridden photographer in Alfred Hitchcock's ultimately voyeuristic masterpiece. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, through Saturday, Sept. 13, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills. 

Muppets Most Wanted: Kermit, Ms. Piggy and the rest of the Muppets gang get caught up in a jewel heist while on tour in Europe. Screens at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Kimball Park in National City. 

Awesome Asian Bad Guys: Two fringe filmmakers reassemble all of the Asian bad guys from the last few decades to carry out an impossible mission. Screens at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Pacific Arts Movement offices at 2508 Historic Decatur Road in Liberty Station.

God Help the Girl: The origin story of a rock band is the feature-film debut of Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch. Screens at 10 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park. 

The Room: The romantic triangle has never been so acute. Screens at midnight Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Ken Cinema.

Princess Mononoke: Forest gods, brave warriors and mystical princesses: just another masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki. Screens at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at Arclight La Jolla. 

Redwood Highway: Yearning to visit a stretch of ocean she valued as a child, an Oregon woman sets off on a life-changing road trip. Screens at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Point Loma / Hervey Branch Library. 

Stuck Between Stations: It's never too late to have a high-school sweetheart. Two former classmates meet up at a party and start a sudden and torrid relationship. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at the San Diego Public Library in East Village. 

Faith Connections: Visiting the largest religious conference on the banks of the Ganges River, filmmaker Pan Nalin brings to life the stories of various pilgrims. Screens at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park. 

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?: A married Taiwanese man starts to question his sexual orientation when he and his wife consider having another child. Screens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Point Loma / Hervey Branch Library. 

Chicken with Plums: The filmmakers of Persepolis return with this stunning parable about a broken-down musician trying to find hope in his later years. Screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Scripps Ranch Library.

Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band: Painter and musician Llyn Foulkes is on the precipice of obscurity at age 70. This documentary follows his tenacious journey to be remembered. Screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park. 

Pearl Peep's Movie Choice: What kind of movie mood will Pearl be in? Your guess is as good as ours. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.

Now playing

A Letter to Momo: After her father dies, a young Japanese girl moves to a seemingly tranquil island off the coast of Japan, where she encounters supernatural occurrences. Screens through Sept. 11 at the Ken Cinema.

Innocence: Boarding school turns out to be a horrifying experience for a traumatized young woman looking for solace after her mother is killed.

K2: Siren of the Himalayas: A group of mountaineers tries to climb one of the world's most dangerous mountains in this documentary about world-class alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner. Ends Sept. 10 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park. 

May in the Summer: A bride-to-be and her mother clash over the groom's religion, placing the looming wedding in doubt.

No No: A Dockumentary: Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates while high on LSD in 1970. This documentary explores his rise to stardom, drug addiction and eventual sobriety.

The Congress: In this psychedelic sci-fi film from Ari Folman, an aging actor (Robin Wright) preserves her digital likeness in order to retire from Hollywood forever. Ends Sept. 11 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

The Identical: Ashley Judd and Ray Liotta star in this drama about twin brothers who are separated at birth and then reconnect as adults involved in the music business. 

The Last of Robin Hood: Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline) begins a torrid love affair with an underage girl (Dakota Fanning) in the waning years of his life. 

The Remaining: A wedding celebration is suddenly disrupted by apocalyptic events that have religious implications. 

As Above / So Below: Note to self: Don't venture into the underground catacombs of Paris. It's bad for one's health.

Frank: A fragile musician (Michael Fassbender) wearing a gigantic papier-mâché head leads an eccentric rock band all the way to the SXSW music festival, where all hell breaks loose. 

Love is Strange: Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) have been a couple for nearly 40 years. But when George loses his job, the two are forced to separate and live with friends in cramped New York City apartments, forever altering their relationship. 

The November Man: Pierce Brosnan returns to super-spy duty, this time as a top CIA assassin facing off against his best protégé. 

The Trip to Italy: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon gallivant around Italy, eating and yapping wise in Michael Winterbottom's new comedy.

If I Stay: After a car accident, a young woman has an out-of-body experience that leads her to a life far different than she ever imagined. 

Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For: Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller return with another noir mash-up about killers, corrupt politicians and gorgeous women.

When the Game Stands Tall: Jim Caviezel plays high-school football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle Spartans from obscurity to an amazing 151-game winning streak. 

Calvary: One day a troubled Irish priest (Brendan Gleeson) is threatened during confession, sending him into a downward spiral of sin and doubt. 

Expendables 3: The 1980s have officially reassembled for the third time to blow explosions into your face. 

Let's Be Cops: Two goofball friends posing as cops for a costume party get sucked into a night of debauchery and danger. 

The Giver: Lois Lowry's classic young-adult novel about a not-so-utopian future gets the big-screen adaptation starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. 

What If: Young people sit around and talk about love and friendship and wonder why nothing makes sense. It stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.

The Hundred-Foot Journey: The proprietor of a famous French restaurant (Helen Mirren) clashes with the family running a new Indian eatery down the street. 

Into the Storm: An onslaught of unprecedented tornados touches down and causes havoc in the Midwest. Global warming is a real bitch. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Watch out for Raphael. He's a party dude.  

Get on Up: The James Brown biopic we've all been waiting for from the director of The Help

Guardians of the Galaxy: American pilot Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his rowdy alien crew become objects of a manhunt after stealing a valuable orb that belongs to a diabolical space villain.

Magic in the Moonlight: Woody Allen's latest cinematic confection follows an English debunker (Colin Firth) brought in to unmask a possible swindle involving a wacky astrologist (Emma Stone). 

A Most Wanted Man: Director Anton Corbijn (The American) adapts John le Carré's famous novel about a web of spies operating in the shadowy confines of Hamburg, Germany.

Hercules: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson dons the sword, sandals and skimpy underwear to play the half-god at odds with his immortal brethren.

Lucy: Thanks to a drug-smuggling operation gone bad, Scarlet Johansson miraculously begins to use 100 percent of her brain and seeks revenge against the bad guys who put her on the spot. 

Boyhood: Richard Linklater's epic drama follows the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from age 6 to 18, charting all the highs and lows in between.

Planes: Fire and Rescue: This sequel to the 2013 animated hit film finds lead race plane Dusty (Dane Cook) forced into working with a fire-and-rescue unit after his engine is damaged. 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Ten years after a virus outbreak pitted apes against men, the two factions forge a fragile peace that's tested by fear and aggression. It's directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis. 

Hidden Universe: Blast off into the stratosphere with this documentary that uses real images captured from telescopes to examine the vast reaches of space. Screens at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. 

How to Train Your Dragon 2: Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless encounter new challenges while trying to bring their species together in harmony. 

Chef: Jon Favreau returns to comedy filmmaking with this story of a well-respected chef who opens a food truck after being fired by a posh restaurateur.

Journey to the South Pacific: Let the glorious scale of IMAX take you to the tropical islands of West Papua, where life under the sea is just as lush and vibrant as it is on shore. Screens at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The camp classic continues its ongoing run, Fridays at midnight at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.


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