depalma_web
June 14 2016
Brian De Palma speaks his mind with the tenacity of a termed-out POTUS conducting a brazen farewell tour. He doesn't care about glamorizing the past, only reveling in its absurdity, beauty and horror
monster
June 14 2016
The rigorous formal techniques that mark the work of directors Carlos Reygadas and Amat Escalante provide a foundation for social outrage in A Monster With a Thousand Heads. Shot almost entirely in st
Dheepan_01
June 7 2016
In Dheepan, Jacques Audiard's lumbering drama that won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, three Sri Lankan refugees flee their war-torn country for a "better" life in France
Viva_01
June 7 2016
Depictions of modern Cuban life rarely (if ever) find their way to American movie theaters for obvious political reasons. But now that the relationship between the two countries has warmed ever so slightly,...
weiner
May 31 2016
The engaging and insightful political documentary Weiner, which traces the 2013 New York City mayoral bid of ex-Congressman and sexting pariah Anthony Weiner, complicates these broader assumptions about...
princessshaw
May 31 2016
Social media has redefined the boundaries of artistic collaboration, and no recent movie explores this dynamic quite like Presenting Princess Shaw
thelobster
May 24 2016
On paper, The Lobster sounds a like a silly Twilight Zone episode: In the not-so-distant future, people who've failed at love are sent to a state-run "hotel" in the countryside where they are given the...
maggiesplan
May 24 2016
For a dynamic filmmaker like Rebecca Miller, whose output up to this point has been defined by a distinct impressionistic pulse (Personal Velocity, The Ballad of Jack and Rose), Maggie's Plan might seem...
lovefriendship
May 17 2016
"Facts are horrid things," snipes Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) during a pivotal moment late in Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman's brisk romantic comedy about the art of long-game manipulation
abiggersplash
May 17 2016
A Bigger Splash There's so much past history bubbling under the surface of Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash that it's hard for the characters to breathe. Which makes the film's central image
High-Rise_01
May 10 2016
There's no beauty in the breakdown according to Ben Wheatley's High-Rise. This messy and convoluted adaptation of J.G. Ballard's 1975 novel paints a dystopian future that finally begins to crumble thanks...
Baskin
May 10 2016
Five Turkish police officers act like assholes in a quiet restaurant and earn themselves the ire of a sinister hooded figure that may be a gatekeeper to hell. So goes the clumsy set-up of Baskin, Cam Evrenol's...
TheNiceGuys
May 3 2016
Since the mid-1970s, blusterous big budget Hollywood films have dominated the hotter months of the calendar year. Millions of marketing dollars are spent selling these titanic products (sometimes year
captamerica
May 3 2016
April and the Extraordinary World: A young girl and her cat embark on an adventure through Paris in this animated Sci-fi feature from France. Screens through Thursday, May 12, at the Digital Gym Cinema...
keanu
April 26 2016
San Diego Asian Film Festival showcases 14 film programs from 10 countries including the opening night presentation of The Music of Strangers, a documentary about Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble
Joachim
April 26 2016
Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier has a knack for tackling difficult subject matter with a delicate touch. His first two films—Reprise and Oslo, August 31st—are intimate dramas about confused...
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April 19 2016
In the trippy opening sequence of A Hologram for the King, Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) wakes up after having a surreal Talking Heads-infused dream about failure
TheInvitation
April 19 2016
Characters in Karyn Kusama's The Invitation often confuse mercy with mercilessness. Killing a wounded animal may be acceptable, but finishing off a wounded madman that's made your life a living hell?
milesahead
April 12 2016
Jazz is a dirty word in the rule-breaking head-trip Miles Ahead. Early on, wacked out music legend Miles Davis (Don Cheadle), currently mired in a drug-induced multi-year retirement, chastises a smarm
fireworks
April 12 2016
Now San Diego audiences have the chance to see Farhadi's impressive 2006 drama Fireworks Wednesday. A multi-character potboiler set primarily in a buzzing Tehran apartment complex, it foreshadows many...
The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016, also known as Proposition 57, is California’s latest effort to reduce state prison overcrowding

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