Big Screen

Take cover from the storm and see these movies this weekend

A critic's job is to say "Hey, look at this!"

There is no delight in being contrary for its own sake. It's as dishonest a critical move as quote-whore cheerleading. It cries out, "Hey, look at me!" when, of course, a critic's job is to ...

“It was the funniest thing I had ever read”

Director Richie Keen on Fist Fight, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and media ex machina

Growing up in Chicago, Richie Keen would ride his bike down to where John Hughes was shooting Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and sneak onto the set. Later, he started as an actor before becoming a ...

Verbinksi on vacation

Madman's dream, A Cure for Wellness

With Pirates of the Caribbean, Gore Verbinski took a silly-spooky theme park attraction and built it into a multibillion-dollar defense of bucking the system and living by your wits. With A Cure for Wellness, he ...

Nine films, two Saturdays, twelve Excedrin

AMC Best Picture Showcase kicks off February 18

She pulled within a seat of me and couldn’t wait to inquire about the open notepad on my lap. “You a critic?” she asked. “Nah,” I deadpanned, “if the movie stinks I’ll doodle.” “Seriously,” she ...

Sequel report

Some follow-up movies (Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back) are considerably better than others (Fifty Shades Darker)

First things first: the 2017 San Diego Jewish Film Festival is underway, and runs through the 17th. Film lineup is here. I rather like the cutline: "Our Lives Projected." Between that and the first San ...

San Diego Film Week showcases a vast menu of local cinema

Festival runs Friday, February 10 to Sunday, February 19

Following the the footsteps of San Diego Restaurant Week (or Beer Week) comes San Diego Film Week: 7 days, 7 festivals, 7 workshops, 100 shorts and features, and thankfully only 2 parties. The project is ...

The Room splits the difference between art and stupidity

Meanwhile! Sports! Water!

Attending a midnight screening of 2003 cult film The Room is kind of a train wreck, if train wrecks were accompanied by group chants, spontaneous games of football, and multiple plastic spoonados. It’s widely regarded ...

Is indoor drive-in the next big thing?

No. No, it’s not.

The Variety headline read, “Dine-In Cinema Gets Immersive: Indoor Drive-In to Open in Nashville.” An indoor drive-in offering an immersive dining experience translates to Carbon Monoxide Cocktails on sale at the concession stand and a ...

Maybe not a good time at the movies, but a timely time

Some relevant movies open this week, including I Am Not Your Negro and Fire at Sea

How does the old curse go? “May you live in interesting times”? It is certainly an interesting time. Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. Each side is forever seeing further evidence of the other’s ...

Say bye to Oceanside Digiplex's squeaky seats

Theater giant buys small chain to add to its big one

On January 31, as I sat in the Oceanside Digiplex Theater at the Mission Market Place, I couldn’t help but be bothered by the squeaky seat behind me; I also noticed a seat covered up ...

Scott Marks on KPBS

Marks discusses one of his favorite films, Lemon Drop Kid, which contains the classic Christmas song, "Silver Bells."

Deepwater Horizon trailer

Sing Street trailer

Mr. Pig trailer

Thelma & Marty

13-minute clip Of Martin Scorsese & Thelma Schoonmaker In The Editing Room.

100 Years At The Movies

Originally shown at the Academy Awards in 1994 on the 100th Birthday of Film.

Equilibrium trailer

Fake baby!

Black Sea trailer

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