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
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...
Feb. 23 2016
Pragmatism and survival go hand in hand for Tobias Lindholm, the Danish director of R, A Hijacking and A War
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
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...
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
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
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
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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...
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
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
Jan. 5 2016
Midway through Alejandro Gonz·lez Iñárritu's torturous Western The Revenant, injured fur trader Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) watches a pack of wolves take down a lone buffalo on...
Jan. 5 2016
Since absolutely nothing worthwhile is opening this Friday, I decided to get a head start on previewing the most noteworthy upcoming releases of Spring 2016. While next week brings a pair of powerhous
Dec. 29 2015
While most of the world has Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the mind (and rightfully so, it's fun), I've been thinking back to the various forces inhabiting my favorite films of 2015. Some are thril
Dec. 22 2015
Time and again, Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight contemplates the definition of surrender and the humiliation of defeat


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