Horror fans will rejoice over this piece of news: A new late-night series is being put together at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park by Beth Accomondo of KPBS and Miguel Rodriguez of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. The two are horror buffs, and they're teaming up with folks from the Media Arts Center, Pac-Arts, FilmOut and the Italian Film Festival, just to name a few.
The series kicks off at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, with American Mary, a nasty-looking body-modification flick from the Soska sisters, the Canadian twins behind classics such as Dead Hooker in a Trunk. Gut will follow on July 5 and 6, and programming will run sporadically for the next few months, including Berberian Sound Studio on July 26 and 27, last year's muchcelebrated horror flick that didn't make it to San Diego.
It's an evolving process, and you can keep up with what's coming up at hifilmfest.com. Oh, also, Accomondo can't yet confirm that beer will be available, but she'll be baking themed desserts for each screening.
In other news, Full Moon Drive-In has undergone an equipment makeover, and will reopen shortly with first-run films, making it the only first-run theater in Pacific Beach. And, lastly, it's with sadness that I report that Reading Cinemas has put its Forty Foot Film repertory series on a hiatus, which I hope is temporary.Write to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. You can follow Anders on Twitter at @anderswright.
Aftershock: Eli Roth plays an American tourist in Chile who escapes a devastating earthquake only to find out that the neighboring prison has collapsed and all the convicts are on the loose.
The Angel's Share: The new one from Ken Loach is about a miscreant who tries to change his ways by stealing and selling a priceless cask of whiskey.
Aquí y Allá: This small movie, about a Mexican man who reunites with his family after working for years in the U.S., speaks volumes about the immigration debate without speaking about it at all.
Fruit Hunters: This documentary about nature's candy spends some time exploring the country garden created by actor Bill Pullman. It opens Tuesday, May 14, at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann, who made Moulin Rouge, takes on the American literary classic. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby in this tale of class warfare.
Hava Nagila: Documentary about the instantly recognizable song and how its history is intertwined with that of the Jews.
He's Way More Famous Than You: Halley Feiffer, who starred in The Squid and the Whale, co-wrote and stars in this parody about her own floundering career.
Love is All You Need: A Danish hairdresser (Trine Dyrholm) who's lost her hair to cancer travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding, where she meets Pierce Brosnan, an angry widower and the father of her soon-to-be son-in-law.
Peeples: Craig Robinson crashes the reunion of a wealthy African-American family to ask for Kerry Washington's hand in marriage. The Reluctant Fundamentalist: A Pakistani man tries to climb the corporate ladder in the U.S., but his family and violent events in the Middle East keep bringing him down. San Diego Surf Film Festival: More than 40 full-length and short films will screen at the second iteration of the fest, which runs
Wednesday, May 8, through Sunday, May 12, at Bird's Surf Shed in Morena. Shootout at Wadala: Mumbai's police force engages in epic gun battles with gangsters, earning it a reputation for brutality and violence.
Something in the Air: French film about a bunch of counter-culture Europeans trying to keep the social revolution going in 1968. Screens for one week at the Ken Cinema.
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Nacho Libre: Jack Black jumps on your back at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.
The Phantom of the Paradise: Brian De Palma's twisted, rock-opera take on The Phantom of the Opera screens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Whistle Stop Bar in South Park.
Breakfast at Tiffany's: Blake Edwards' adaptation of Truman Capote's short novel features a racist portrayal by Mickey Rooney and a wonderful turn from Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, through Saturday, May 11, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino's brutal western is also hysterically funny, and it rightfully earned Christoph Waltz his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Screens at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Central Library, Downtown.
The Room: Tommy Wiseau's so-bad-it'sgood drama has become a cult classic, and it returns to the Ken Cinema at midnight, Saturday, May 11.
Foreign Letters: A young Israeli immigrant becomes friends with a Vietnamese refugee in the early 1980s. Screens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Hervey Branch Library in Point Loma.
The House I Live In: This documentary, about the myriad flaws that exist within the War on Drugs, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. It has its San Diego premiere at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Crawford High School and will be followed by a Q&A with producer David Kuhn.
Up&Coming Student Film Festival: The UCSD event has expanded to include two nights of films and filmmakers. Check 'em out at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, at the CalIt2 Auditorium and The Loft, respectively, at UCSD.
Almost Famous: Cameron Crowe's memoir still rocks. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.
At Any Price: Ramin Bahrani's made three interesting films about the American experience through the eyes of people of color. This time he takes on the American dream, as seen through the eyes of a shady Iowa farmer (Dennis Quaid) and his rebellious son (Zac Efron). Ends May 9 at Hillcrest Cinemas.
Bert Stern: Original Madman: Stern was one of the key photographers during the Golden Age of Advertising. Other than that, title pretty much says it all, right?
Ends May 9 at the Ken Cinema. In the House: French film about a 16- year-old boy whose work in a literature class has a profound impact on the teacher and his fellow students.
Iron Man 3: The summer blockbuster season kicks off with that snarky Tony Stark saving our ungrateful hides once again.
Kon-Tiki: New film about Thor Heyerdal's 1947 ocean adventure, in which he sailed across the ocean on a balsa raft to prove that South Americans were able to cross in pre-Columbian times.
La Rafle: Jean Reno and Melanie Laurent star in this true story of Jews in occupied France. Ends May 9 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
Running America: Some of the proceeds from this documentary, about a pair of marathoners planning to run from San Francisco to Times Square, will go to the OneFundBoston. Screens at Digiplex Mission Valley.
The World Before Her: Documentary about the changing and challenging roles of women in India. Ends May 12 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
Graceland: This Filipino take on Taken is grittier and twistier than you expect. Arthur Newman: Colin Firth plays Newman, an unhappy divorcé who stages his own death in hopes of starting over.
The Big Wedding: Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton are a long-divorced couple who must pretend to be married at the wedding of their adopted son.
Mud: Matthew McConaughey continues to deliver the emotional goods in this coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy who idolizes a drifter with a violent past.
Pain and Gain: Michael Bay's new one stars Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie as Florida bodybuilders whose kidnapping scheme goes awry.
Renoir: French biopic about the impressionist painter in his twilight years.
Upstream Color: The new feature from Shane Caruth, whose 2004 film Primer was smart and inventive, is another serious sci-fi mind trip.
Disconnect: Henry Alex Rubin's new film focuses on people having a hard time communicating despite being wired in. It stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Michael Nyqvist and designer Marc Jacobs in his acting debut.
Filly Brown: A young female hip-hop artist has to decide if she wants to water down her music to sign a big record deal.
Home Run: Cinematographer-turned-director David Boyd's debut is about a Major League baseball player with a substance-abuse problem who's reduced to coaching Little League to remember what he loved about the game.
Oblivion: Tom Cruise plays a spaceman sent back to pull the last few remaining resources out of a depleted Earth.
42: Biopic about the baseball player who wore that number, which has been retired by every single Major League team. Spoiler: It's Jackie Robinson. Ends May 9 at La Jolla Village Cinemas.
The Company You Keep: Robert Redford directed and starred in this drama, playing a former '60s radical whose hidden past is uncovered by plucky young journalist Shia LaBeouf.
It Takes a Man and a Woman: This Filipino romantic comedy is the third in the A Very Special Love trilogy. It screens at UA Horton Plaza.
Scary Movie 5: In our most recent issue, we reported that Scary Movie 5 was opening last week. We were wrong. The fact that you're reading about it twice must be terrifying.
Evil Dead: The updated version of Sam Raimi's classic is a serious gore-fest.
Jurassic Park 3D: Now with more velociraptor!
The Place Beyond the Pines: Ryan Gosling re-teams with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, playing a motorcycle daredevil who starts robbing banks because he's got a kid on the way. Bradley Cooper is the lawman on his trail.
The Sapphires: Though it's standard stuff, this story of four young Aboriginal women who go to Vietnam with their obnoxious Irish manager (Chris O'Dowd) wears its heart on its sleeve. Loosely based on a true story.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Channing Tatum returns as Duke, and this time Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis join him in blowing things up.
The Host: The new movie from author Stephanie Meyer—aka the woman who wrote the Twilight books—stars Saoirse Ronan as a teen trying to save the world from some bodysnatching aliens.
Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor: A marriage counselor ends up in a serious affair with one of her clients. Perry's not actually in this one; Kim Kardashian, however, is.
Admission: Tina Fey plays a Princeton admissions officer who could blow her career by accepting a student who just might be the kid she gave up for adoption 18 years ago.
The Croods: Animated caveman movie featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone.
Olympus Has Fallen: Terrorists take over the White House and take the president hostage before being killed by disgraced Secret Service agent Gerard Butler. It's ludicrous, for sure, but pretty enjoyable as R-rated action films go.
Oz: The Great and Powerful: Sam Raimi directs this big-budget prequel. James Franco, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis are all off to see the wizard.
Rocky Mountain Express: The IMAX theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center was recently overhauled. This latest entry takes viewers through the Canadian Rockies without leaving San Diego.
Side Effects: This thriller is rumored to be Steven Soderbergh's final theatrical release. If so, he's going out on top with this one, about a woman (Rooney Mara) whose shrink (Jude Law) prescribes her anti-depressants that end up plunging both of them down a rabbit hole.
Cosmic Collisions: So, that asteroid that might smash into Earth in 20 years is much bigger than previously thought? Awesome. This new IMAX movie at the Reuben H. Fleet looks at what happens when things bash into each other in outer space. On the bright side, if we go the way of the dinosaurs, at least future species will have a new source of fossil fuels.
Silver Linings Playbook: Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a bipolar guy from Philly who's just out of the mental hospital, having lost his job, his home and his wife. He moves in with his parents (Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro) in hopes of regaining his marriage, but things are thrown askew by Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who has problems of her own.
Flight of the Butterflies: It turns out Monarch butterflies are much like SDSU students—every year, thousands of them head to Mexico. This IMAX film captures their beautiful trip. The butterflies, that is.
Flying Monsters 3D: No, it's not a crappy studio blockbuster—this one is all about dinosaurs and was written and directed by Richard Attenborough, using Avatar-like technology, and plays the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.
To the Arctic 3-D: Cute-animal-movie alert No. 2. Meryl Streep narrates this new IMAX movie about a mama polar bear and her two cubs.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The camp classic continues its ongoing run, Fridays at midnight at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.