MANCHESTERBYTHESEA_01
Nov. 29 2016
Give them space. Respect their privacy. Let them mourn. Such common responses to tragedy are consistently challenged by Kenneth Lonergan's harrowing new drama Manchester by the Sea
BEING-17_01
Nov. 29 2016
Being 17 Like a hormonal teenager, André Techiné's Being 17 fluctuates between elation and melancholy. Sometimes the camera races at a furious clip, as it does during the frantic opening...
Tower_01
Nov. 23 2016
Tower, which opens Friday, Nov. 25, at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park, is a strangely intoxicating deconstruction of the non-fiction form
SingStreet
Nov. 23 2016
Suffering from the post-election blues? John Carney’s Sing Street might be the perfect film to temporarily lift your spirits. Set in Dublin during the 1980s, this coming-of-age blast of nostalgia...
Elle_01
Nov. 16 2016
Common human decency suggests that you shouldn’t kick someone when they’re down. Elle takes place in an alternate reality where the opposite is true
Tampopo_01
Nov. 16 2016
When truck drivers Gorô (Tsutomu Yamazaki) and Gun (Ken Watanabe) get hungry on their way to Tokyo, they stop for a warm meal at a roadside ramen joint run by Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto). They are...
Arrival_01
Nov. 8 2016
Arrival, which opens Friday, Nov. 11, will be one of the first films widely released after what could be a historically contentious Election Day. By that time the film's anti-isolationist and pro-unity...
The-Eagle-Huntress_01
Nov. 8 2016
Soaring over the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress opens with an IMAX-style montage that immediately establishes an organic connection with the natural world
moonlight
Nov. 1 2016
Yes, this year of all years we need Moonlight, which opens Friday, Nov. 4. It's a film of the future, presenting a cinematic space where being in the presence of black bodies does not inspire fear or angst
christine
Nov. 1 2016
Antonio Campos' Christine initially seems like a more traditional biopic, yet it has equally idiosyncratic tendencies
AQUARIUS1
Oct. 25 2016
Aquarius opens Friday, Oct. 28, at Angelika Carmel Mountain Cinemas, and it deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible
TheHandmaiden_1
Oct. 25 2016
Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden has the look of an elegant period piece. Elaborate mansion interiors frame stoic characters dressed to the nines in suave suits and bright-hued dresses
Certain-Women
Oct. 18 2016
Reichardt's latest film might be undeniably sad at times, but it's also devoid of self-pity and apathy. Every bit contains wisdom that stretches as far as the eye can see
Kate-Plays-Christine_1
Oct. 18 2016
Kate Plays Christine, which opens Friday, Oct. 21, at Digital Gym Cinema, reveals the long-gestating fissures that form between memory and interpretation, something applicable to everyone on camera and...
LongWayNorth
Oct. 11 2016
In a year that's seen so much nasty rhetoric and vitriol, Long Way North, opening Friday Oct. 14 at Digital Gym Cinema, feels like a wise palette cleanser from a bygone era that reminds us how to lead...
CLOSET-MONSTER_1
Oct. 11 2016
As a child, Oscar Madley (Connor Jessup) witnesses a brutal hate crime against a gay classmate and the breakdown of his parents' marriage
birthofanation
Oct. 4 2016
The Birth of a Nation, which opens Friday, Oct. 7, then reincarnates man into legend with a simple plume of musket smoke. If only myth making were that simple
therewhere
Oct. 4 2016
In lieu of a second review this week (the pickings were slim folks), I thought it might be good to note some worthy film-related news items happening around San Diego this week
missperegrines
Sept. 28 2016
Thankfully, Burton has momentarily rediscovered such genuine feeling with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, a spirited adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ 2011 novel
demon
Sept. 28 2016
Demon, which opens Friday, Sept. 30, at Ken Cinema, evokes the great Luis Bunuel with its skewering dark humor

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