Nov. 11 2014
The Theory of Everything is so stylistically safe and toothless that one must question why it exists at all, other than to provide a tasty opportunity for audiences to get hooked by Oscar bait
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Nov. 4 2014
Not just about the treacherous slopes of marriage, Force Majeure-which opens Friday, Nov. 7, at La Jolla Village Cinemas-grapples with the puncturing impact of compromise
Nov. 4 2014
Co-starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain in sideline roles, Interstellar-which opens Friday, Nov. 7-vocalizes every one of its themes about love, time and fate through stilted dialogue
Oct. 28 2014
Nightcrawler-which, fittingly, opens on Friday, Oct. 31-is a story about the horrors of information overload
Oct. 28 2014
Gender roles in White Bird in a Blizzard are easily definable and damnable. Women cook and clean and grow tired, bored and resentful, then rebel against the expectations placed upon them by weak men who...
John Wick
Oct. 22 2014
Second chances are taken, not given, in John Wick, a formally audacious shoot-first thriller about a former hit man (Keanu Reeves) who exacts mass revenge against a Russian crime syndicate after...
Oct. 22 2014
As a black comedy about legacy, Birdman eventually turns more grueling than pertinent. While often impressive as a satire of our 21st-century obsession with self-importance, the film's extreme...
Oct. 14 2014
In Whiplash, Damien Chazelle's Sundance winner that proudly glamorizes horrendous teaching methods, educators are either brutal manipulators or spineless bystanders
Oct. 14 2014
Miele represents a restrained yet luminous brand of human drama that's threatening to disappear stateside
Oct. 7 2014
The Guest often denies the importance of plot points, instead focusing on the gut-wrenching visceral imagery of a traumatic event rather than the explanation behind it
Oct. 7 2014
Unapologetically hopeful about progressive viewpoints, Matthew Warchus' Pride revolves around a grassroots LGBT group that raises funds for striking miners in the Welsh countryside
Sept. 30 2014
Adapted from Gillian Flynn's mega-bestseller, Gone Girl centers on the mysterious disappearance of Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), whose smug husband Nick (Ben Affleck) becomes the prime suspect after...
Sept. 30 2014
"There's a sucker born every minute." Chester McFarland (Viggo Mortensen) utters these fateful words to his wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) as they saunter through the Parthenon in Athens.
The Last Days of Vietnam
Sept. 24 2014
The Last Days of Vietnam provides a certain level of context in the opening moments for those viewers not up on their Vietnam War history, specifically the enactment and failure of the 1973 Peace...
Bad Country
Sept. 24 2014
The San Diego Film Festival (SDFF), which runs Wednesday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 28, at multiple theater locations, occupies an interesting space on the local arts calendar
Sept. 16 2014
Kevin Smith slams his point home with Tusk, a new horror film that destroys the virtual distance of online aggression by slowly transforming one of its seediest offenders into a primitive beast
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby - Them
Sept. 16 2014
People grieve in vastly different ways. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them spins this idea into a sublime meditation on one couple's experiences grappling with the loss of a child
Inherent Vice
Sept. 9 2014
A gravely disappointing summer at the box office has essentially ensured that 2014 will make considerably less money than any year in the past decade. This puts even more pressure on Hollywood juggernauts...
Sept. 9 2014
San Diego movies opening this week: A Five Star Life: A woman works as a luxury-hotel inspector and, despite her dream job, pines for a relationship of substance
No No - A Dockumentary
Sept. 3 2014
No No: A Dockumentary-which opens Friday, Sept. 5, at Reading Gaslamp Cinemas-walks a fine line between portrait and historical record, leaving room for revisionism between the lines.


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