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nResident film guy Anders Wright has been writing about movies, music, food, technology and all things pop culture for a decade-ish. These days, he splits his time between CityBeat, the movie theater and taking care of his young daughter. He is a voting member of the San Diego Film Critics Society and generally the sort of witty fellow you want at your cocktail parties telling you what movies to see. Send press releases, screening information and party invitations his way.

artistmovie
Dec. 20 2011
I might have preferred a little more tragedy to melodrama, but comparing this film with those others is probably unfair. The Artist—opening Friday, Dec. 23—is a fully realized vision; the...
sherlock_holmes_movie
Dec. 14 2011
Yes, Guy Ritchie's direction is flashy, and there are some nicely designed action sequences to suit the action-comedy duo of Holmes and Watson
film2-charlize-theron2
Dec. 14 2011
Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gray, a 30-something prom queen who ditched the small Minnesota town where she grew up for the bright lights of Minneapolis
winekegs
Dec. 12 2011
Let's be honest: Most of us are suspicious of wine that comes in anything other than a bottle. I certainly am—it reminds me of that rancid box wine my parents used to serve at parties when I
diehardmovie
Dec. 7 2011
Christmas movies. We all have our favorites, and we all have the ones we loathe, because they remind us of our childhoods, or our families, or Christmas itself, or some combination thereof
michaelfassbendershamemovie
Dec. 7 2011
There's a lot of sex in the film, but very little of it is sexy. Shame—opening Friday, Dec. 9, at Hillcrest Cinemas—is more like anti-porn, because Brandon does what he does from compulsion...
youngadultmovie
Nov. 30 2011
Usually, many of the Oscar hopefuls don't hit San Diego until January or February, but most of the presumptive Oscar nominees are actually coming out here in 2011
london boulevard
Nov. 30 2011
There's so much going on that the pace is almost too breakneck, but the breaking of necks is appropriate, since the movie is vicious and violent
TheMuppets
Nov. 23 2011
It makes sense that I'd be filled with equal parts anticipation and dread for the release of The Muppets, the franchise reboot that landed in the lap of actor Jason Segel
artisaweaponforpeace
Nov. 23 2011
These days, filmmakers everywhere are turning to Kickstarter or IndieGoGo to fund their films, and local director Jeffrey Durkin is no different. He's got a campaign going for his latest project, Art is...
dobrazemlja
Nov. 21 2011
There's nothing quite like leaving a screening of The Muppets just before hitting up WineRave, one of the first events of this year's San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, to make you feel really, really...
into-the-abyss-film-image
Nov. 16 2011
In the early moments of werner Herzog's new film Into the Abyss, you're introduced to Michael Perry, a baby-faced 28-year-old scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas in a little more than a week's...
the-descendants03
Nov. 16 2011
The Descendants is far more straightforward than Payne's previous films. Matt isn't adrift. He's a grownup with real responsibilities. He has money, but he lives frugally
theinterrupters
Nov. 9 2011
The film was shot during the course of a very violent year in the Windy City. It's harrowing, and the people being killed are often younger than the youngest currently serving overseas in the military
2011_like_crazy_002-web
Nov. 9 2011
The emotions will be familiar to anyone who's dared to do distance. But, Doremus tells CityBeat, he doesn't think of Like Crazy as a long-distance-relationship movie
godzilla11
Nov. 2 2011
Another Halloween is behind us. But that doesn't mean you have to wait until next year for some thrills and chills
very-harold-kumar-pic01
Nov. 2 2011
The new movie is set on Christmas Eve, several years after the last one, and Harold and Kumar have drifted apart
Anonymous-Movie-Rhys-Ifans
Oct. 26 2011
Oddly enough, even though Shakespeare's name is sullied, Anonymous—which opens Friday, Oct. 28—is a must-see for theater folk
martha_marcy_may_marlene02
Oct. 26 2011
Most cult films are dark comedies—weird, quirky affairs we expect to watch at midnight with our drunken movie-going brethren
neighborwine
Oct. 24 2011
Like he does every year, Bruce was more than happy to say what he knew of each wine. He's an amiable guy, and he's hosting blind tastings on a monthly basis at Wine Cabana in Old Town

Calendar

  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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