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Give them space. Respect their privacy. Let them mourn. Such common responses to tragedy are consistently challenged by Kenneth Lonergan's harrowing new drama Manchester by the Sea . Read more

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Being 17 Like a hormonal teenager, André Techiné's Being 17 fluctuates between elation and melancholy. Sometimes the camera races at a furious clip, as it does during the frantic opening credi Read more

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Tower, which opens Friday, Nov. 25, at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park, is a strangely intoxicating deconstruction of the non-fiction form. Read more

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Our favorite new books, apps, shows and other cultural tidbits to get you through the holiday. Read more

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Suffering from the post-election blues? John Carney’s Sing Street might be the perfect film to temporarily lift your spirits. Set in Dublin during the 1980s, this coming-of-age blast of nostalgia is obsessed with the future Read more

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When truck drivers Gorô (Tsutomu Yamazaki) and Gun (Ken Watanabe) get hungry on their way to Tokyo, they stop for a warm meal at a roadside ramen joint run by Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto). They are met with a ramshackle interior, imposing thug... Read more

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Common human decency suggests that you shouldn’t kick someone when they’re down. Elle takes place in an alternate reality where the opposite is true. Read more

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Arrival , which opens Friday, Nov. 11, will be one of the first films widely released after what could be a historically contentious Election Day. By that time the film's anti-isolationist and pro-unity themes will undoubtedly feel timely f... Read more

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Soaring over the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress opens with an IMAX-style montage that immediately establishes an organic connection with the natural world. Read more

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Yes, this year of all years we need Moonlight , which opens Friday, Nov. 4. It's a film of the future, presenting a cinematic space where being in the presence of black bodies does not inspire fear or angst. Read more

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Antonio Campos' Christine initially seems like a more traditional biopic, yet it has equally idiosyncratic tendencies. Read more

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Aquarius opens Friday, Oct. 28, at Angelika Carmel Mountain Cinemas, and it deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible. Read more

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Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden has the look of an elegant period piece. Elaborate mansion interiors frame stoic characters dressed to the nines in suave suits and bright-hued dresses. Read more

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Reichardt's latest film might be undeniably sad at times, but it's also devoid of self-pity and apathy. Every bit contains wisdom that stretches as far as the eye can see. Read more

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Kate Plays Christine , which opens Friday, Oct. 21, at Digital Gym Cinema, reveals the long-gestating fissures that form between memory and interpretation, something applicable to everyone on camera and arguably those behind it as well. Read more

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As a child, Oscar Madley (Connor Jessup) witnesses a brutal hate crime against a gay classmate and the breakdown of his parents' marriage. Read more

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In a year that's seen so much nasty rhetoric and vitriol, Long Way North , opening Friday Oct. 14 at Digital Gym Cinema, feels like a wise palette cleanser from a bygone era that reminds us how to lead a fulfilling life. Read more

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The Birth of a Nation , which opens Friday, Oct. 7, then reincarnates man into legend with a simple plume of musket smoke. If only myth making were that simple. Read more

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In lieu of a second review this week (the pickings were slim folks), I thought it might be good to note some worthy film-related news items happening around San Diego this week. Read more

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Thankfully, Burton has momentarily rediscovered such genuine feeling with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, a spirited adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ 2011 novel. Read more

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