As if the calendar weren’t crowded enough already, we have film festivals stacked up like hurricanes in the Caribbean. The Seventh Annual San Diego Film Festival, with its assemblage of mostly American independent films, runs from tonight, September 25th, through Sunday the 28th at the Gaslamp 15. (Www.sdff.org.) Then the Sixth Annual San Diego Women Film Festival, films by women, including a program devoted solely to local filmmakers, runs from October 2nd through 5th, the first night at the Museum of Photographic Arts, the rest at the Gaslamp. (Www.sdwff.org.) Then the Ninth Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, larger and longer, Japanese and Chinese and Taiwanese and Thai and Filipino and Indian and so on, runs from October 9th through 16th at the UltraStar Mission Valley in Hazard Center. (Www.sdaff.org.) Prioritize as you please.

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richinsd Sept. 24, 2008 @ 9:54 p.m.

Nights in Rodanthe was an interesting movie to say the least, touching at times, with an interesting storyline but not strong. What caught most people was the ending. But to me it was the same old thing, without going into details or specifics. To me it was obvious what was going to happen. I would prefer a new twist instead of, what I thought was going to happen, did. Didn't bring tears to these eyes. You be the judge. Richard Gere and Diane Lane did a good job with a few scenes that didn't make any sense. I pretty much agree with Duncan on this one. What really got me was the fact that in the filled theater most all had tears flowing in the end, which amazed me.

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Josh Board Oct. 1, 2008 @ 10:48 p.m.

Wow. Someone actually went to see Nights in Rodanthe. Even my parents, who love crappy film, hated it.

Duncan totally nails it on all these films. I probably liked Towelhead a bit more.

But, Ghost Story was good, not great (same with Stir of Echoes, which he references). And, great to see that Rick Gervais didn't just play some sadsack that felt sorry for himself. It made the film so much better. His zingers are great (and did you notice Ferris Bueller's buddy Cameron as one of the main ghosts?)

Choke was such a disappointment. The commercials looked so funny. And, this really could've been a great comedy. Instead, it was a mess.

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