Hopkins is pretty good in the movie, raising it above its somewhat formulaic framework into better-than-average inspirational fare. The screening— 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park—marks the first entry in “Coming of Age,” an ongoing film series about aging, which will run monthly at MoPA through June. Mario Garrett, chair of SDSU’s Gerontology Department, coordinates the project, which also includes films like Harry and Tonto, which stars Art Carney as a retiree who treks across the country with his cat, and Pixar’s Up, and he’ll be on hand for a post-screening discussion on Thursday. The screenings are free, but it’s wise to RSVP ahead of time. More information and a list of movies and dates can be found at sdcomingofage.com.
Additionally, Media Arts Center San Diego (mediaartscenter.org), the organization behind the San Diego Latino Film Festival, is presenting a number of short films made by people on the other end of the age spectrum, produced in MACSD’s Teen Producers Project and Youth Media Camps. The Youth Media Camps entries were created by kids ranging in age from 8 to 14, while the Teen Producers Project includes participants from both sides of the border, whose two- to three-minute shorts address border issues. There’s only one problem with both of these events— they go down at the same time. The short films are also screening at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in room C211 at City College. Choose wisely.
Another Year: Mike Leigh’s new film is about the ease with which longtime married couple Gerri (Ruth Sheen) and Tom (Jim Broadbent) navigate a turning of the seasons, while everyone around them goes through enormous upheavals. Most affected is Mary, Gerri’s alcoholic co-worker, played by Lesley Manville in an excellent performance.
The Dilemma: Ron Howard’s new film stars Vince Vaughn as a dude who learns his best friend’s wife is getting some on the side. This one pissed off LGBT groups for calling electric cars “gay.”
The Green hornet: Seth Rogen in a superhero movie written by Seth Rogen and the other guy who wrote Superbad. Directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). In 3- D. That’s a lot to take in.
The Heart Specialist: Romantic comedy about interns at a rundown South Florida hospital. Guess the title has a double-meaning.
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Weekend at Bernie’s: Remember when Andrew McCarthy was a big star? What’s that guy up to these days? Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.
La Tigre e la Neve: Roberto Benig ni wrote, directed and stars in this 2005 rom-com about an Italian poet stuck in Iraq as war breaks out. Screens at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at the Senior Center in Carlsbad (799 Pine Ave.).
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Here’s your chance to do the time warp. Again. Screens at midnight, Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Ken Cinema. (It’s also ongoing at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.)
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward: Another documentary that examines our broken society. Screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
The Business of Being born: If you’re thinking of having kids, you might want to see this one first. It explains the ways the healthcare system has changed the way we give birth. Screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Birth Roots Women’s Health and Maternity Center in Chula Vista (236 F St.).
Madagascar: Cute zoo animals voiced by a bunch of big movie stars find themselves stuck in the wilds of Madagascar. Screens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Kensington Cafe. Free.
The Revolution Will Not be Televised: The film, however, about the 2002 coup in Venezuela, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Free Skool in City Heights (4246 Wightman St.).
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?: The wonderfully nasty classic stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as onetime successful actresses who can’t stand each other. It’s put on by FilmOut at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Birch North Park Theatre.
1981: Filmmaker Richard Trogi’s semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age story is about a young boy who decides to become a liar when his family moves to a new neighborhood. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
Napoleon Dynamite: You just don’t see many of those Vote for Pedro shirts anymore. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.
Blue Valentine: Michelle Williams is just amazing as one half of a couple (along with Ryan Gosling) whose mar riage has fallen apart.
Country Strong: Gwyneth Paltrow can actually sing, but it’s up to you to decide if you want to see her trying to be an up-and-coming country star.
Season of the Witch: Nic Cage and Ron Perlman are medieval knights tasked with transporting a woman the church suspects to be a witch. A very, very hot witch.
Somewhere: Sofia Coppola lets the camera linger on Stephen Dorff, a disengaged movie star who suddenly finds himself caring for the 11-year-old daughter he never sees. It’s slow and at times intriguing, but it’s tough to care about the existential condition of a famous actor.
Undertow: A small-town Peruvian fisherman must choose between his family and the ghost of his dead male lover.
Whales: Apologies in advance for this terrible joke: You’ll have a whale of a time at this IMAX flick. Screens at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
Casino Jack: Kevin Spacey is the lead in this fictional take on the fall of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Dogtooth: Freaktastic Greek film about a family that keeps its kids isolated from the world, teaching them strange languages and values that are antithetical to what passes for normal these days. But it’s all relative, since they don’t know anything different.
Carlos: Édgar Ramírez is so good as nefarious terrorist Carlos the Jackal in this five-and-a-half hour biopic that you may forget the subject was one of the world’s most feared terrorists for decades.
Ahead of Time: Documentary about 99-year-old Ruth Gruber, who was the youngest person to earn a Ph.D. at 20, who escorted a thousand Holocaust survivors from Naples to New York in 1944 and who was the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic. Why isn’t she president?
Breaking Upwards: A New York couple experiments with not being monogamous—and finds it’s tough.
Gulliver’s Travels: Jack Black continues his shark-jumping. So does 3-D.
Little Fockers: Another one? Fock!
Miracle on 34th Street: New York ers wonder if Macy’s Santa is the real thing. As much free advertising for Macy’s as “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is for Cracker Jack.
Rabbit Hole: Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart are a couple struggling with the death of their young son, eight months later. He’s all about celebrating the boy’s life while she just wants it to disappear.
True Grit: The Coen brothers adapt Clinton Portis’ novel, with Jeff Bridges playing Rooster Cogburn, the part that earned John Wayne his only Oscar.
The Fighter: For some, the acting of Christian Bale and Melissa Leo in David O. Russell’s working-class boxing movie is authentic and real. For others, it’s scenery-chewing.
Cropsey: Two Staten Island natives make a documentary about the serial killer who murdered kids in their neighborhood while they were growing up.
How Do You Know?: Reese Witherspoon can’t decide between corporate Paul Rudd and jock Owen Wilson. It’s a James L. Brooks movie, so you know Jack Nicholson figures into it somehow.
The King’s Speech: Though he should have taken a walk to the podium this year, Colin Firth will probably win an Oscar for playing King George VI, the monarch who led his people into WWII despite his almost-crippling stammer. Geoffrey Rush is great as his speech therapist.
I Love You Phillip Morris: Jim Carrey is as rubber-faced as ever, playing a gay conman who meets the love of his life, Ewan McGregor, in prison.
The Legend of the Pale Male: Documentary about a young Belgian who spends two decades documenting the life of a rare NYC hawk. It includes just as much triumph, disappointment and heartbreak as any human being’s life.
Tron: Legacy: Disney’s big-budget, 28-years-later follow-up is far more style than substance, as Sam (Garrett Hedlund), the son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), enters the grid to rage against the machine. The light cycles are cooler than ever, but the story gets more and more ridiculous as the film progresses.
Yogi Bear: Going 3-D in today’s world just proves that Yogi is, in fact, smarter than the average bear. He’s voiced by Dan Aykroyd, while Boo-Boo gets Justin Timberlake’s pipes.
Black Swan: Natalie Portman has to find both sides of herself as a ballerina obsessed with playing the lead in Swan Lake in the new one from Darren Aronofsky. Well-directed, beautifully shot, completely bonkers.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The franchise is reborn after Disney stopped making the films. There’s something quasi-religious about that, right?
The Tourist: Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp team up to kill a bunch of bad guys and rake in piles of money at the box office.
Four Lions: Like its protagonists, this satire about bumbling British jihadists doesn’t always hit its target. But when it does, it’s really funny.
Burlesque: Can Cher help small-town girl Christina Aguilera become the best burlesque dancer in L.A.? Yes.
Love and Other Drugs: Anne Hathaway falls for pharmaceutical salesman Jake Gyllenhaal and has an endless supply of Viagra.
Tangled: Disney’s take on Rapunzel is surprisingly terrific. Mandy Moore is the singing princess, Zachary Levi the dashing thief, and they’re both upstaged by an animated horse. And for once, the 3-D contributes to the movie.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The first half of the two-part final installment assumes viewers know exactly what’s going on as the film opens. It’s as slow as the first half of the epic book it’s based upon, but fans of the Potter franchise won’t want it to end—because when it does, they have to wait until July 2011 to watch the final battle between Harry and Voldemort.
Galapagos: An IMAX look at the islands and the animals that made Charles Darwin famous. We’re most fond of the blue-footed boobie. At the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
Mademoiselle Chambon: A man falls for his son’s homeroom teacher, and the two do their best to keep their urges to themselves. You won’t be surprised to hear it’s in French.
Fair Game: Naomi Watts is Valerie Plame and Sean Penn is Joe Wilson in this look at how CIA agent Plame’s identity was leaked to the press after husband Wilson authored a controversial op-ed in The New York Times. The acting’s good, but this should have come out years ago.
Inside Job: Matt Damon narrates Charles Ferguson’s exhaustive documentary about which people, exactly, were responsible for the recent global finance crisis.
The Social Network: David Fincher’s new film about the early days of Facebook is more entertaining than 99.9 percent of status updates.
Winter’s Bone: Debra Granik’s noir thriller, set in a closed meth-cooking community in the Ozarks, is as intense and grim as its name. It’s well-written and well-made and features an amazing performance from Jennifer Lawrence, a 17-year-old who has to find her deadbeat father or she and her young brother and sister will lose their home.
The Ultimate Wave Tahiti: The latest IMAX entry at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park follows super surfer Kelly Slater as he does his thing on some massive waves.
Hubble: Leonardo DiCaprio lends his pipes to this IMAX film, which uses CGI and real footage to take a close look at saturn’s rings. Just stay away from Uranus. 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.