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Wednesday, May 20,2015
Film

'Good Kill' is a lousy and patronizing character study

Andrew Niccol’s toothless drama about drones simplifies the human cost of war

By Glenn Heath Jr.
A flagrant attempt to cash in on the political discussion over drone use in foreign wars, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill patronizes the audience with grandstanding sensationalism and rhetoric
Wednesday, May 20,2015
Film

'Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World' is a flaccid portrait of genius

New documentary about the famous painter and special effects guru

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World, which opens Friday, May 22, at the Ken Cinema, remains content to simply sit back and listen rather than engage with the subject and his legendary canon of controversial work.
Wednesday, May 13,2015
Film

In 'Saint Laurent,' life’s a surreal catwalk

Bertrand Bonello’s biopic fragments history to find the emotion of style

By Glenn Heath Jr.
By the end of Saint Laurent, which opens Friday, May 15, the active viewer has given up on trying to understand the myth and become infatuated with simply watching the man and his experiences cascade through time.
Wednesday, May 13,2015
Film

'Iris' is a loving and leisurely portrait of a style maven

Documentary about Iris Apfel leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Odds are Iris Apfel is going to outlive us all. The legendary interior decorator/costume designer/ style maverick has worked in the fashion industry for more than six decades.
Wednesday, May 6,2015
Film

Our sort-of summer movie preview

Only a few releases from the next three months sound promising

By Glenn Heath Jr.
It’s common practice for film critics to write an annual Summer Movie Preview to survey the onslaught of big budget sequels, prequels, tent-poles and remakes to come.
Wednesday, May 6,2015
Film

On screen this week

Here are the openings and other showings going on in San Diego

By Glenn Heath Jr.
About Elly: While on a picnic in the north of Iran, a kindergarten teacher disappears, leaving her friends distraught with panic. From director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation).  
Wednesday, April 29,2015
Film

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' tediously offers more of the same

Engaging new villains outperform Marvel’s favorite super straw men and women

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The first Avengers film used cinematic space to explore the tension between competing egos and superpowers. Age of Ultron’s opening sequence indicates just how banal this outing will be.
Wednesday, April 29,2015
Film

'Tangerines' and the power of words over war

Georgian drama leads rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
The dark-horse nominee for Best Foreign Language film at this past year’s Academy Awards, Tangerines takes place in 1992 deep within the disputed Caucasus mountain territory of Abkhazia where war rages between the Georgian military and Russian-backed locals. 
Wednesday, April 22,2015
Film

'Man From Reno' presents a curious case of Bay Area intrigue

Dave Boyle’s neo-noir leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Don’t get stuck in the spider’s web of curiosity. Or perhaps such a fate is inevitable in Man From Reno, Dave Boyle’s slippery neo-noir.
Wednesday, April 22,2015
Film

'Clouds of Sils Maria' and the imitation of life

New meta-drama starring Juliette Binoche and Kristin Stewart blurs the lines between performance and personality

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Clouds of Sils Maria, which opens Friday, April 24, uses words to deflect our attention from the deep absence felt by its characters.
 
 
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