Movie Reviews

Starry messenger

In a culture where girls are not allowed out at night to observe the skies, how does a tenacious 16-year-old astronomy student like Sepideh Hooshyar even begin to dream of viewing Earth from space? That’s ...

The Interview leaves no “Suk,” “Poon,” or “Dong” unturned

Seth Rogen and James Franco leave no “Suk,” “Poon,” or “Dong” unturned in their quest to whack North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in The Interview. Worth seeing, if just for the schizo opening logo and ...

A bad year for good movies

Nighttime soaps, voices behind the toons, God, and sci-fi

By way of indicating just how terrible a year it’s been for movies, for the first time in I don’t know how long English language films outnumber foreign entries. Sequels, comic books, and young adult ...

Film Events

Balboa Park: The Magic City

Balboa Park: The Magic City

Lemon Grove Library

Wednesday, February 4, 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Coffee with Kafka

Coffee with Kafka

Pan's Garden

Sunday, February 8, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Film Forum: What If

Film Forum: What If

Central Library

Monday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

About Time

About Time

Schulman Auditorium at Carlsbad City Library

Wednesday, February 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow

Schulman Auditorium at Carlsbad City Library

Wednesday, February 18, 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.


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

Project Almanac None stars

A group of teens discover and assemble a time travel machine and set about tinkering with the past in order to make a more pleasant present for themselves. Astonishingly, trouble ensues.

2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts 2.0 stars

A solid collection of five films that make the most of the short form and the simplicity it permits. Boogaloo and Graham tells the story of a pair of Belfast boys and their pet chickens (and also their Mum and ...

2015 Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts 1.0 stars

A lightweight slate: nine films, but only two that marry really engaging visuals with narrative heft. Those two are Me and My Moulton, a middle sister's memoir of her family life in sixties Norway, and The Dam Keeper, a gorgeous ...

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