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News flash: Miss Potter to open on neither the 23rd nor the 30th, as calculated last week (or rather, re-re-recalculated), but on the 16th, this very Friday, next door to Avenue Montaigne at the La Jolla Village. Anyone care?
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The San Diego Latino Film Festival rolls on through Sunday at the UltraStar Mission Valley. One gauge of its escalating success in recent years is that freeloading journalists such as myself are now strongly encouraged to request DVD screeners of any films they wish to see and not take up valuable seats at the public showings. I understand perfectly. But I know of no nicer compliment to pay the festival than to say that I prefer to see its films at the festival, in the company of other festivalgoers, rather than in my living room. Of the handful of films I've attended as of this writing, without once taking away anyone's seat, here's my broad generalization: people, places, a camera. Everything you need in order to have a movie. Just the basics. Things you do not need would include CGI, desaturated color, A-list stars, a mountain of production, a high concept, a pandemic ad campaign, a weekend box-office report. Every once in a while you need to get away from all that. In fact, as often as possible.