Oct. 27 2015
Resolved to the necessity of violence in order to achieve peace, The Keeping Room begins with a horrifically pragmatic quote from General William Sherman: "War is cruelty...the crueler it is the sooner...
Oct. 20 2015
Damaged mother. Check. Precocious kid. Check. Adorable dog. Check. Lenny Abrahamson's Room has all the necessary ingredients to cause the kind of waterworks that might fix Mad Max's little hydration problem
Oct. 20 2015
Psychologist Stanley Milgram made waves at Yale University in the early 1960s by conducting a controversial obedience study that highlighted mankind's uncanny ability to follow orders
Oct. 13 2015
Serving one's country never really stops in Bridge of Spies, and the everyday citizen doesn't often have a say in the matter. Set in the late '50s and early '60s, Steven Spielberg's Cold War dram
Oct. 13 2015
Victoria, which opens on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Ken Cinema, might initially seem impressive stylistically. But peel back the façade and all you've got is a derivative genre film with very little...
Oct. 6 2015
Robert Zemeckis' The Walk is an enthralling tribute to scale. It uses dazzling 3-D cinematography to turn New York City's expansive skyline into a man-made mountain range yearning to be climbed and admired
Oct. 6 2015
To a certain generation of comedy enthusiasts who grew up watching Nixon lie and the American economy die, National Lampoon was an iconic print forum for vulgar parody and satire. Douglas Tirola's sw
Sept. 30 2015
Ridley Scott's never been known to have a lighthearted touch. The British-born auteur of such dark classics as Alien and Blade Runner usually favors characters on the brink of extinction
Sept. 30 2015
Ryan Betschart and Rachel Nakawatase are on a mission. The dynamic duo behind San Diego Underground Film Festival's inaugural program screening on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Ultrastar Mission Valley Cinemas,...
Sept. 22 2015
Humanity is struggling to breathe in Denis Villeneuve's Sicario, a brutal border thriller where violence and corruption are the languages of choice
Sept. 22 2015
Discomfort in an Alex Ross Perry film differs from your usual onscreen suffering in that it feels organically connected to characters' insecurity
Sept. 15 2015
Be wary of the film that confesses too much. Black Mass commits this sin regularly, using long and dramatic speeches to convey its “honor among thieves” edict in relation to the true story...
Sept. 15 2015
I'm convinced Tobey Maguire has never been a strong actor. He's all crazy eyes and smirk, both aggressive and meek (how is that possible?)
Sept. 8 2015
"I was so sad when Satyajit Ray died." Harper (Bridey Elliot) talks a lot of shit in Fort Tilden, but this casually racist and clueless statement spoken to an Indian cab driver might be her pièce...
Sept. 8 2015
Aviva Kempner's new film Rosenwald makes your local PBS special look stylish by comparison
Sept. 1 2015
This Fall Movie Preview will sway toward the eccentric, shining a light on the films that deserve consideration. A few of them might turn out to be major
Sept. 1 2015
A young Pakistani woman named Laila (Sameena Jabeen Ahmed) lounges in a caravan with her drifter boyfriend, Aaron (Connor McCarron). A brutish gangster in a tracksuit carries his baby girl throug
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Aug. 26 2015
Noah Baumbach can't quite find the words to describe his fruitful filmmaking partnership with actress and co-writer Greta Gerwig. “It's hard to articulate really,” he says over the phone from...
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Aug. 26 2015
Digging for Fire: A bickering husband (Jake Johnson) and wife (Rosemarie De-Witt) set off on different (and potentially dangerous) adventures over the course of a weekend getaway
Aug. 18 2015
German director Christian Petzold has long been fascinated by the way characters hide past indiscretions to avoid future punishments


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