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Meaningful ménage

The PR slaves at Tribeca Films want potential viewers to believe their latest release, Very Good Girls, spotlights a pact between two high school virgins, Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, to enter college unchaste. All ...

Interview with I Origins director Mike Cahill and star Michael Pitt

I Origins, which opens this week, is another piece of smart sci-fi from Another Earth director Mike Cahill. It stars Michael Pitt — an actor possessed of considerable if quiet magnetism — as a scientist ...

A snippet of a swatch of Fifty Shades

A trailer for a trailer?

Sexually frustrated yentas of America have been heard. The movie adaptation of E L James’s S&M manual for bored middle-class housewives, Fifty Shades of Grey, is set to arrive on Valentine’s Day, 2015, and Hollywood ...

Anything but a fluff-ball interview

Gabriel Iglesias promotes his not so down and dirty Fluffy Movie

Occasionally one comes to an interview over-prepared. Such was the case with Gabriel Iglesias, the comedian who recently visited San Diego on a leg of the promotional tour for his first big screen comedy concert, ...

What the Sea Gives Me screens Saturday, July 19

Local “surfumentarians” and co-founders of the San Diego Surf Film Festival, Pierce and Petra Kavanagh, will premiere their latest film, What the Sea Gives Me, Saturday, July 19 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La ...

Blu-ray blues or a hard morning’s plight?

4K restoration of Beatles classic gets one-week run, starting July 18

“Do you think it will be a 35mm nitrate print?” five-year-old Winnie Lickona joked while en route to Reading Cinemas Grossmont Theatre for last Sunday morning’s presentation of A Hard Day’s Night. “Oh, Winnie,” laughed ...

Panahi’s Closed Curtain finally gets a commercial release

Panahi appears suddenly and unexpectedly halfway through the film. His arrival is the most dazzling in-camera special effect of the year.

A boy’s life

“Twelve Years in the Making!” Sounds more like a tagline from a Hollywood biblical epic, not Boyhood, the latest, commendably ambitious film from director Richard Linklater. I know what you’re thinking. Would it really have ...

Something new has been added at The Big Screen

Just as sure as the turning of the Earth, the geek squad at The Big Screen works day and night to keep up with the latest advancements in technology. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce ...

Humiliation, emasculation, and “that goddamn monkey picture!”

It wasn’t the first time I saw a movie twice in a theater. That distinction goes to The Parent Trap. With two Hayley Mills vying for my pre-pubescent attention, it’s easy to understand. But Planet ...

Scott Marks responds to a critic

Scott Marks replies to a letter to the editor while getting his hair cut.

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