Movie Reviews

Francofonia, Hockney, The Lobster, X-Men: Apocalypse

All opening this week

Francofonia Credits normally withheld for a closing crawl open Aleksandr Sokurov’s (Russian Ark) latest self important hymn to the importance of art museums. Listen as the disembodied voice of the documentarian expresses disappointment over his ...

Love & Friendship brings out anything but

Whit Stillman’s stillborn wit?

One film, two critics and a world of disagreement. Lickona hung on every turn of the page in Whit Stillman’s variation on Jane Austen, Love & Friendship, while Marks wanted to tear out a row ...

Nice try, Mr. Black

This week’s openings: The Nice Guys, Dragon Inn, and more

Well, drat. A tough week at the movies: I managed to miss the screening for Love & Friendship, so my membership in the Whit Stillman enthusiast society has been temporarily suspended. But I hope to ...

Film Events

Carlsbad Film Series: Brooklyn

Carlsbad Film Series: Brooklyn

Cole Library

Wednesday, June 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Film Forum: The Walk

Film Forum: The Walk

Chula Vista Civic Center Library

Wednesday, July 13, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Egypt's Secret Side

Egypt's Secret Side

City of Carlsbad Dove Library

Saturday, July 16, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Film Discussion Class: The Thomas Crown Affair

Film Discussion Class: The Thomas Crown Affair

Liberty Hall Theater at Paradise Village

Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where to Invade Next

Whistle Stop Bar

Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Movie Archives

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2.0 stars

After an opening that feels like a chunky blend of The Matrix, Terminator 2, and even Thor (hello, Destroyer!), Bryan Singer's return to the world of "Mutants are people too, only better" settles into a '70s-style actor's showcase. To wit: ...

X-Men: First Class 1.0 stars

An ambitious superhero movie, one willing to invoke the Holocaust in its treatment of a feared and persecuted minority. This time it’s mutants instead of Jews, except for one mutant who is also a Jew, and who is looking to ...

Hockney 2.0 stars

Randall Wright’s documentary about the English artist is forced to trade drama for detail: that’s what happens when your still-living subject has led a relatively happy, comfortable life. (Yes, he was born into English austerity during the war years, and ...

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