July 24 2013
If Crystal Fairy captures one unnerving aspect of a vacation gone sideways, its how some people pretend to want collective improvisation when, in reality, they just desire structure and personal...
July 17 2013
A little silence goes a long way in a horror film. Those disquieting minutes right before terror strikes can provide an agonizing prelude to the awful events that follow. This is director James Wan's sweet...
July 17 2013
Each year, Comic-Con invades San Diego with such relentless force that the rest of the local arts community tends to get overshadowed. Dont let that happen to Jean-Luc Godards Le Petit Soldat and...
July 10 2013
The Way, Way Back treats its main character's repressed anger with such sincerity that his internal turmoil feels natural instead of convoluted. This makes all the difference for a film traversing...
July 10 2013
Pacific Rim is a beautiful exercise in scale. From its man-made war titansJaegersto the reptilian Kaiju that ascend from the ocean floor to wreak havoc, everything about Guillermo del Toros monsters-vs.-...
July 2 2013
After spending nearly a decade exploring the darker impulses of revenge (The Skin I Live In, Bad Education) and heartache (Volver, Broken Embraces), it's good to see Pedro Almodóvar having...
July 2 2013
Hannah Arendt is a stout biopic set in the early 1960s about the famed academic who rose to notoriety after writing Origins of Totalitarianism and infamy for her thoughts on the "banality...
June 26 2013
Scientific examination takes on a strange, sensual quality in Augustine, a daring French drama about the rocky clinical relationship between 19th-century neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent...
June 26 2013
Vampires used to be elegant. Think of the classic caped figure gliding through smoky corridors paralyzing victims with only a glance.
June 19 2013
By taking a baseball bat to Obama-era foreign policy instead of using a scalpel, Scahill sensationalizes the government's lies regarding secret night raids that have left hundreds of civilians dead
June 19 2013
Based on Nancy Jo Sales Vanity Fair article The Suspect Wore Louboutins, The Bling Ringopening on Friday, June 21dramatizes the actual events surrounding a string of Beverly Hills home...
June 12 2013
Man of Steel only becomes more inane as it progresses, ditching coherence completely in favor of a second-hour onslaught of violence and crushing special effects
June 12 2013
As Colette, a dedicated mother and conflicted IRA operative forced to turn informant on her plotting brothers, Andrea Riseborough gives an astoundingly detailed performance of a woman forced...
June 4 2013
There's nothing worse than a vacation gone bad, and few vacations go quite as badly as the one in Wish You Were Here, the tense Australian drama that opens Friday, June 7, at the Ken Cinema and runs...
June 4 2013
Starting next week, this space will be covered by Glenn Heath Jr., a San Diego film writer and a friend, whose work is just terrific
May 29 2013
If theres a real truth to be found in Before Midnight, its that the people were most capable of hurting are those we love the most
May 29 2013
Whats shocking isnt how many film festivals San Diego hosts; whats astonishing is how many of them have been around for so long. One of the oldest, FilmOut, San Diegos LGBT fest, celebrates its...
May 22 2013
There are two sorts of people in this world: those who are fully aware of Ricky Jay and his work and those who havent yet had the pleasure. Now, theres nothing to be ashamed of if you arent familiar with...
May 22 2013
Happy birthday, Ponyboy. Francis Ford Coppolas 1983 adaptation of The Outsiders turns 30 this year. The cast is a veritable whos-who of 1980s Tiger Beat pin-ups: Tom Cruise, C. Thomas...
May 14 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness is the latest movie to warp its way into the fray, and it's got big shoes to fill

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