March 11 2015
Opening: '71: During a violent battle in the middle of Belfast, an English solider is left behind to fend for himself against a hostile community
March 4 2015
SDLFF has also been an active participant in the various stages of evolution experienced by Mexican cinema since Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo...
March 4 2015
"Where is God in all of this?" A religious leader poses this question to an Islamic militant conducting Jihad in the Malian desert in Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu
Feb. 25 2015
Focus begins with an amazingly convenient meet-cute: After a few drowsy helicopter shots of New York City's skyline, angelically augmented by some fitting soul music, Ficarra and Requa let their stars...
Feb. 25 2015
Bunkered down in the cramped hallways and trial rooms of an Israeli Rabbinical court, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem unflinchingly traps the viewer within a physical manifestation of stagnant...
Feb. 17 2015
Predicting the Academy Awards is a science that's been perfected by film bloggers who spend months tracking the nominated films like myth busters stalking Big Foot. Momentum, guild wins and industry
Feb. 17 2015
Co-written and directed by Waititi and Clement (of Flight of the Conchords fame), What We Do in the Shadows transplants classic horror tropes to the present day
Feb. 11 2015
Ana Lily Amirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night gets right down to business. The world is fucked, especially for the citizens of Bad City, a town that may or may not be caught in the middle of a dystopic...
Feb. 10 2015
Viewers familiar with Strickland's previous film, the Giallo-inspired horror oddity Berberian Sound Studio, will recognize the freeze frames, rapid-fire cutting and flashy stylistics at the forefront...
Feb. 3 2015
As Leviathan turns increasingly oppressive and gloomy, the theme of erosion takes hold. Multiple structures stand blown-out, held up by three walls and resembling something like an open-faced...
Feb. 3 2015
Celebrating its 25th edition at multiple local venues from Feb. 5 through 15, the San Diego Jewish Film Festival remains an important forum to explore ongoing issues of identity in both the United...
Jan. 27 2015
Thematically, Song of the Sea couldn't be more relevant for young siblings threatened by each other's unique traits
Jan. 27 2015
Moore's award-season buzz should be of no surprise considering how strategically Still Alice plays the tearjerker game
Jan. 21 2015
Two Days, One Night, the great new film by Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, surveys a dramatic scenario where one woman struggles to reconcile such realities after coworkers vote to...
Jan. 21 2015
A Most Violent Year stylizes the brooding working-class territory of director Sidney Lumet, where low-level players clash with those who have become politically savvy enough to rise up the ranks
Jan. 14 2015
As a piece of feminist protest art, Zero Motivation-which screens for one week at the Ken Cinema, starting Jan. 16-slyly pokes at the inadequacies of military life, but it also makes an effort to confront...
Jan. 14 2015
Jennifer Aniston does unflattering misery pretty well. Her underappreciated turn in Miguel Arteta's The Good Girl was a strong sign that the Friends star could play against type
Jan. 6 2015
Inherent Vice doesn't condone revenge or rebellion. It suggests, rather bravely, that redemption and friendship hold more weight than money and influence
Jan. 6 2015
Of all the films vying for Oscars next month, Ava DuVernay's Selma remains the most important, and not simply because its subject matter reflects many of the incendiary debates about race still...
Dec. 29 2014
Every December, I hear dismissive complaints from fellow writers that it was a bad year for movies. Nothing could have been further from the truth in 2014


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