Movie Reviews

Keane eyes

Jeepers creepers, peepers

What could Tim Burton have possibly seen in Big Eyes, the story of a monotonous, marginally talented, yet enormously successful “artist?” Something of himself, perhaps? For years, even Burton’s staunchest detractors (I’m one of them) ...

Walk it off

More from than toward.

Wild tells the story of a woman named Cheryl Strayed (an unadorned Reese Witherspoon) and her attempt to, in her words, “walk myself back to the way I was.” How was she? “I was strong,” ...

War is hell

Paris is exploding?

Diplomacy employs a brave dramatic premise: as the Allies approach Nazi-occupied Paris, the German military governor of the city prepares to follow his orders and blow up the City of Lights. Notre Dame, the Louvre, ...

Film Events

Film Forum: The Act of Killing

Film Forum: The Act of Killing

Central Library

Monday, December 29, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Last Unicorn Screening with Peter S. Beagle

The Last Unicorn Screening with Peter S. Beagle

Reading Gaslamp

Saturday, January 3, 2015, noon to 3 p.m.

The Last Unicorn with Peter S. Beagle

The Last Unicorn with Peter S. Beagle

Reading Town Square

Sunday, January 4, 2015, noon to 3 p.m.

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

Central Library

Monday, January 5, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Film Forum: Blow Out

Film Forum: Blow Out

Point Loma Library

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Movies@Home

Laugh, cry, hate yourself

I’m a sucker for character studies of unlikeable people, and Listen Up Philip (USA, 2014, Tribeca Films) pulls no punches. Jason Schwartzman is repellant and yet strangely relatable as a pompous author who alienates everyone ...

Movie Archives

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 1.0 stars

Peter Jackson grinds out the final 200 minutes: "Things are now in motion," intones Gandalf, "that cannot be undone." From this promontory, you can look back and see the immensity of the enterprise, indeed so immense -- nine hours and ...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 0.0 stars

Peter Jackson continues his mad quest to transform a ripping children's book into an all-encompassing epic. The result is a road movie with entirely too much baggage, a slog through the mires of exposition and special effects. With all the ...

Night at the Museum 1.0 stars

Jumanji-esque jumble of special effects, in which all the exhibits at the Natural History Museum in New York City come to life after dark. This allows for a lot of, frankly an excess of, variety: Lilliputian cowboys and Roman soldiers ...

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