juanicas
March 15 2016
Now celebrating its 23rd year, SDLFF runs through Sunday, March 20, at the AMC Fashion Valley Cinemas and the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park
thebronze
March 15 2016
Dark comedy demands a tricky balancing act between diametrically opposed tones. This is why films such as Election and Dick are rarities
knightofcups
March 8 2016
The earthquakes in Terrence Malick's film are usually spiritual in nature, but Knight of Cups literally shakes the earth to its core
parting-glances
March 8 2016
How does it feel to have lost someone even when they are still in the room? Bill Sherwood's pivotal gay romantic comedy Parting Glances grapples with this difficult and heart-wrenching reality, then connects...
boyandbeast
March 1 2016
The Boy and the Beast, always you wrestle inside me. No, that's not a direct line from a Terrence Malick film but an apt description of the strong pull between identity and purpose felt by two
londonfallen
March 1 2016
London Has Fallen feels tailor-made for Donald Trump's American idiocracy. There's an army of vengeful gun-toting Islamist extremists who decimate London during a calculated operation to assassinate multiple...
awar
Feb. 23 2016
Pragmatism and survival go hand in hand for Tobias Lindholm, the Danish director of R, A Hijacking and A War
OnlyYesterday_01
Feb. 23 2016
Isao Takahata only provides a few shots of modern Tokyo in his 1991 animated film Only Yesterday, now being re-released in a restored version by GKIDS
thewitch
Feb. 16 2016
Creakingly self-serious might be the best way to describe Robert Eggers' The Witch. Riding high on massive levels of critical buzz (Sundance strikes again!), this period piece horror film wants so badly...
theclub
Feb. 16 2016
In Pablo Larrain's The Club, a group of disgraced Catholic priests live quietly in a halfway house overlooking La Boca's pristine coast
WhereToInvadeNext
Feb. 9 2016
By titling his latest political documentary Where To Invade Next, Michael Moore overtly mocks the United States' historical need to spread democracy around the world. Taking this destructive and cycl
Southbound-Still-1
Feb. 9 2016
Like a snake eating its tail, this collection of five horror stories set in a desert purgatory seamlessly transition from one to the next before ultimately wrapping back around to the beginning again
45Years
Feb. 2 2016
Andrew Haigh's 45 Years surveys a marriage long enshrouded in a cocoon of normalcy. Fissures begin to show almost immediately, though, and a relationship that initially seems strong is quickly revealed...
Remember_JFF
Feb. 2 2016
If my admittedly flawed math skills are correct, the San Diego Jewish Film Festival is the longest running event of its kind in our fair region
FH-01601C
Jan. 26 2016
"Do your job." These three words summarize the fundamental theme running through The Finest Hours, a modestly old-fashioned disaster film about a daring Coast Guard rescue off the coast of Cape Cod in...
WORLD_OF_TOMORROWweb
Jan. 26 2016
Similar to the selections of vanilla nominees in virtually every other category at this year's Academy Awards, the sheared list of Best Animated and Live Action Shorts is a decidedly mixed bag
TheTreasure
Jan. 19 2016
The Treasure walks the razor's edge between tones, but never veers into the realm of dark comedy. Porumboiu values the playfulness of words over the visceral, the political and social subtext of contradictory...
APerfectDay
Jan. 19 2016
War is hell. The innocent always suffer. Good people can't solve bad situations. Heavy-handed clichés are part and parcel to Fernando León de Aranoa's A Perfect Day, even when they are masked...
anomalisa
Jan. 12 2016
One is the loneliest number in the cinema of Charlie Kaufman. The heralded screenwriter of such emo, meta, brain twisters as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
sonofsaul
Jan. 12 2016
Can the atrocities of the Holocaust ever be truly represented through the medium of film? It's a question artists ranging from Alain Resnais to Claude Lanzmann to Steven Spielberg have been consideri

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